Couzens back and gunning to go

Danny Couzens, left, in action against Peter Haymer
Danny Couzens, left, in action against Peter Haymer
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Danny Couzens has set his sights on titles as he puts a 16-month lay-off behind him.

The Titchfield scrapper makes his return on Saturday, September 15 at South Parade Pier on a stacked professional card.

Couzens lost last time out as he stepped up to cruiserweight to take on Leon Williams for the Southern Area title.

The 28-year-old has been hit with injury problems since, with hand ligament damage seeing him left sidelined.

But the 4-6 man is back later this month and gunning to make up for lost time.

Couzens takes on durable journeyman James Tucker on his comeback and is looking to throw down a statement of intent.

The light-heavyweight is eager to get a win under his belt, with the ambition to pick up a title shot further down the line.

Couzens said: ‘I haven’t boxed for a long time and it’s been a fair lay-off.

‘But I’m really excited about getting back in to the ring.

‘I’m going to be boxing in Portsmouth in front of friends and family and I can’t wait to do that.

‘I’m going to go out there and put on a performance.

‘I’ve had some injury problems which were a nightmare, along with one or two other things.

‘So, after 16 months off, I’m just looking forward to getting in the ring again.

‘I want to get some wins under my belt and push towards getting a title.

‘In the past I’ve gone into contests with injuries and taken fights at two days notice. I shouldn’t have done that.

‘I always go out to put on a performance so I want to do that and impress a few people.

‘Hopefully I can entertain the crowd and push on towards boxing for a Southern Area title or English belt.’

Couzens has some decent results on his record and has picked up a win over Michael Banbula, as well as draw with Peter Haymer – who have both met local favourite Tony Oakey in the past.

The Titchfield talent has now linked up with a new trainer in the New Forest as well as joining with Jay Morris’ Assassin Promotions outfit.

His brother, Sammy, has provided some of the sparring ahead of his contest.

Now it’s about an intense week of preparation before he heads into the week of his return.

Couzens said: ‘I’ve got a new trainer and I’m feeling amazing at the moment. I haven’t felt this good since I boxed Peter Haymer and got a draw against him.

‘I’m just peaking in training and have had some decent sparring to get myself ready.

‘It’s just a case of getting my head down and working to make sure I’m in the best possible shape.’