Swindon's Bennett targets the top

Swindon boxer Lawrence Bennett

Swindon boxer Lawrence Bennett

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SWINDON boxer Lawrence Bennett wants to become one of Britain’s top 20 ranked cruiserweights by the end of the year.

Currently ranked 31st, Bennett has his sights set on calling out some of the biggest domestic names in 2013.

Bennett returns to the ring on Saturday, March 9 at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Cente on the undercard to Kelvin Young’s super middleweight Southern Area title defence against Matthew Barney.

And although he is only a support act, Bennett intends to put on a real show for the Swindon public.

“I’m buzzing to be back,” said 30-year-old Bennett. “I’m planning to make some big moves this year and call out some of the bigger boys soon.

“I don’t mind who I fight but it has to be someone ranked above me so I can prove something.

“I want to show the crowd what I can do and my aim is to break into the top 20 rankings this year.”

Bennett’s last fight saw him win a scrappy affair against the tricky Junior Millar after his rival was eventually disqualified for holding.

The Swindon boxer was happy to get the win but was disappointed with the manner of the victory.

“He was a big geezer but I should have knocked him out,” added Bennett. “I didn’t really plant my feet and let my shots go that night so that is what I have been working on since.

“I got the job done but it should have been better. I’m aiming to show my power and then the knockouts will come.”

Bennett fought three times last year after making his debut in March and says he intends to be much busier in 2013, adding: “I wasn’t very active last year. This year I want to stay busy and get the rounds under my belt.

“I may be a so-called veteran but I’m extremely fit and I’m happy to stay busy in order to reach my goals.

“Who knows how far I can go but first it’s a case of breaking into the top 20, then I’ll take a look at the top 10.

“A Southern Area or English title would be nice but it’s just a case of doing the rounds and getting more wins.”

Also fighting on the March bill is another Swindon boxer, Joe Beeden, who will make his debut.

The 19-year-old has been fighting as an amateur for Fitzpatricks Boxing Gym but believed the time was right to enter into boxing’s paid ranks.

“I’ve been an amateur for a few years now but I wasn’t really getting many fights,” said Beeden. “I’ve decided to go professional in order to step it up a level and see what I can achieve.

“I’m hoping to be an exciting professional boxer and I’m not scared to get into a scrap if I have to.”

Tickets for the March 9 show cost £35/£65 VIP ringside.

Visit www.kmpromotions.co.uk or call 07539003311 for tickets.

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