Cinderella Man Glover looking to crack Europe at Thaxton's expense

Hennessy Sports15th July, 2009

Unlikely title contender Tom Glover believes his fairytale story can continue by taking the scalp of former British and European Lightweight champ Jon Thaxton in London this weekend. The two clash on Saturday night (July 18th) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in the chief supporting contest to the British and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight title showdown between undefeated duo Danny McIntosh and Nathan Cleverly. The Hennessy Sports event is live on ITV4 and Glover aims to continue his run of show stealing performances that has seen his career enjoy a remarkable turnaround.

The Maldon man turned professional in 2006 and enjoyed mixed success in the early stages of his career. However winning the Southern Area welterweight title late last year kick started a winning run that has seen Glover storm up the British ratings.

Last time out he upset the applecart by defeating Nadeem Siddique and he's determined to pull off another shock at the York Hall this weekend. "This is a massive opportunity for me and I'm determined to grab it with both hands," said Glover.

"When the call came through I didn't even have to think about it for a second because it's a no lose situation for me really. No one is expecting me to win but I'm very confident that I can surprise people again.

"I actually sparred Thaxton a few months back and I believe that I can beat him. I know that he's very experienced and that he can punch but I believe I'll be the naturally bigger, stronger man in there and that youth and size will be in my favour. I'll be looking to take what he's got and set a pace that he can't live with."

Glover is a brick layer by trade but he knows that a win over Thaxton will allow him to concentrate on his boxing full time. "It's hard trying to combine being a professional fighter with my job but it's opportunities like this that you dream about. If I can win this then hopefully I can get a shot at either the British or Commonwealth titles. A fight like that would allow me to train full time for a couple of months and I believe people would really see the best of me then."

A clash of unbeaten fighters tops the bill at the York Hall as Danny McIntosh and Nathan Cleverly square off for the British and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight titles. Aside from Thaxton - Glover the undercard also features the seventh professional outing for unbeaten Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury. Ireland's reigning European Union Lightweight Champion Andy Murray is also in action alongside hot prospects Steve O'Meara, Lee Purdy, Dwayne Lewis, Bobby Ward and Del Rogers while recent Big Brother evictee Angel McKenzie features in her 18th pro fight. Tickets (£35 Unreserved and £70 Ringside) are available from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 4402 or via www.ticketline.co.uk.

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