Morden's Daws in right shape to save career

23rd March, 2009

Morden boxer Lenny Daws reckons he is in the best shape of his career with three weeks until a career saving English title fight with Bermondsey's Pete McDonagh.

The 30-year-old Carshalton-based fighter steps back in the ring of April 11 knowing a win will see him back in the hunt for a crack at regaining the British title he lost to Scotland's Barry Morrison in 2007.

Light welterweight Daws, who stopped Sergejs Savrinovics last time out in January, is undefeated in his last six fights since that loss and he could yet face the Motherwell man later this year in a final eliminator for the title he covets most.

"It is all there to be gained for me in three weeks time. It is a step towards getting a crack at the British title and that is what I really want," he said.

"I've been told if I beat Pete I have to defend the title against Scott Haywood and then an eliminator against either Richard Wright or Barry. I've got history with both of them and I'd love to get one over on Barry in particular.

"If I lose it is difficult to see where I go from there. In this game you just have to keep winning to keep your supporters on side and your name out there."

Daws has never faced McDonagh before, but is expecting the fight to go the distance when the pair clash at York Hall next month.

"He is a come forward fighter like me. He is very fit and I think it is going to come down to who wants it the most on the night," he added.

"It is a step up in class for him. We were in the amateur ranks together, but I have never fought him.

"A lot of my fights have been a bit last minute, but I know who I'm facing well in advance this time. I've been able to watch him on video. I'm properly prepared."

Tickets for the clash in Bethnal Green are available from Luke Daws on 07958 993058