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Adam Harper made to wait for Commonwealth bout

Adam Harper’s Commonwealth Middleweight title fight will take place in the new year following the injury to his opponent Anthony Buttigieg.

The original date the bout was meant to take place on was October 6th in Australia, but the fight was cancelled after Buttigieg, who sits unbeaten at 13-0, tore an ACL in training.

Harper, who currently holds an unbeaten record of 8-0, last fought in May and now faces almost a year out between competitive bouts.

In that last fight, he beat Ryan Kelly on points for the vacant Midlands Area Super Welterweight Title at the Barclaycard Arena.

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Speaking about his next prospective fight, Harper confirmed it was an injury to his opponent that had delayed the fight but is as confident as ever.

“He’s coming off an ACL injury, a year out of the ring, everything is stacked against him really. I’m not too bothered about his record”.

The delayed fight is yet another setback for the Tewkesbury-based boxer, who feels his career has ‘stagnated’ recently.

“I thought after I won the Midlands Area Title fight on Sky Sports, I thought my career would propel itself to a new level but sadly it seems to have gone stale.

“Hopefully there will be a big fight in the future, British title fight, any big fight, that’s all I want. Realistically I think I’ve got another 12 pro-fights in me”.

Adam Harper (W) vs Ryan Kelly – 15th May 2017

His delayed bout down under could lead to that big fight if he can maintain his unbeaten record, something he is confident of achieving.

“I start properly training after the new year, I’ll be fine next March, I’m a top professional, I hadn’t boxed for 7 months before Ryan Kelly and in my opinion, I beat him quite comfortably.

“I don’t believe in ring rust. If you do all your training and sparring then it won’t matter”.

Despite becoming frustrated with the lack of big fight nights and pay days, the 29 year-old has said he wants to give back to a sport that has given him so much and after he hangs up his gloves he will definitely look to become involved in some way outside of the ropes. A teacher outside of the boxing ring, Harper made it clear he is still enamoured with the sport.

“I’d like to give something back, an amateur boxing club near where I live in Tewkesbury, maybe becoming a pro coach myself. Maybe go back to teaching”.

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