Veteran Beardsley bounces back after Sloman showdown is cancelled

BOXING CLEVER -- veteran Gary Beardsley on his way to victory against Danny Boon.
BOXING CLEVER -- veteran Gary Beardsley on his way to victory against Danny Boon.

Ring veteran Gary Beardsley, of Belper, gained ample compensation after suffering big-fight disappointment at Rollerworld in Derby.

Beardsley was all set to defend his EBF Midlands area light-heavyweight title against local rival Shane Sloman in a showdown that would also have decided who was Belper’s number one.

But at the pre-fight medical, Sloman was ruled out of the contest after doctors discovered he was suffering from high blood pressure.

The cancellation left Beardsley “devastated”, but promoter John Ashton moved quickly to find a substitute opponent in Danny Boon.

Boon had a weight advantage, but Beardsley was too good and won the fight clearly on points after producing a smart performance.

“I wasn’t at my best,” admitted the Belper boxer. “I was so deflated after the fight with Shane fell through that it was hard to get myself up for it.

“He was a big lad, so I had to switch on and I beat him with my skills. It wasn’t easy, but I got the win.”

The 47-year-old Beardsley won the vacant Midlands title in February when he blew away Cavan Hughes inside one round.

A fans’ favourite going back two decades, he is now looking forward to another bout in September on a show to be staged by Raging Bull Promotions.