HARI HOPES TO SHOCK SIMMONS

Cefn Hengoed’s cruiserweight Hari Miles (9-8, 2KO) is planning to get an early Christmas present when he travels to Scotland to face old foe Stephen Simmons (9-0, 4KO) on December 7th. The pair meet on an Alex Morrison promoted show in Glasgow, two and a half years after they clashed in a four rounder which Simmons won every round of. However, Miles is planning on a different type of fight for the rematch. He said, “We’re probably going to go toe-to-toe for most of the rounds, I don’t take a backward step and I like landing big shots. The win would be a nice Christmas present and 2014 will be a big year for me. I’ve always had the skill to be a British champion and this fight I’ll prove it.” Both boxers have had seven fights since their fight together, Miles has had mixed fortunes with three wins and Simmons has won all of his. The bout is scheduled for six rounds and Miles believes that it could be the perfect platform to produce a good performance and finally gatecrash the British title scene as openings appear elsewhere in the division. He said, “There’s no point going to points, I’m not going to get it on points so I’ve got to go for the stoppage win. Simmons beat David Graf in his last fight for a WBC Inernational Silver belt, he’s Celtic champion and beating him would open doors for me. “Neil Dawson has Jon Lewis Dickinson for a British title in March, so hopefully I beat Simmons and have the winner of that. Me and Dawson have the same manager, Carl Greaves, so that makes sense and it would be easy to make happen. “Simmons is used to ten rounders now, so I need to step on the gas pretty quick and I expect a stoppage. I don’t see anything different with Simmons to what I saw in our first fight, he’s exactly the same as he was in the amateurs. He’s got a high guard, doesn’t move his head and he’ll eat shots.” ‘H-Bomb’ last appeared in the ring in May where he reached the final of Prizefighter. Miles had only worked with new trainer Darren Wilson in the few weeks before it but the pair have had time to get to know each other over the summer and Miles thinks he’s added the missing piece of the puzzle. He said, “I was a kid two and a half year ago, I’m a fully grown man now and I’ve got that strength. I’m with Darren now but when I first fought Simmons I was with Dai Gardiner and I was just training myself. Now I can do ten rounds sparring, I’ve not done that before, my training is totally different nowadays and that will be the difference. “It’s going great with Darren. He’s (Nathan) Cleverly’s strength and conditioner, he trains Cardiff City football team too. We know the tactics and there’s nobody better to get me fit for fights, my fitness is perfect and it needs to be. I’ve got a four month year old son now and everything I do is for him.”

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