Cefn Hengoed’s cruiserweight Hari Miles has inked contracts with London based promoter Steve Goodwin and he’s confident it’s the change he’s needed to make his mark on the British scene. Recent times have been frustrating for Miles, who’s been forced to travel and fight as the away fighter, seeing his record sink to seven wins against five losses. He reflected, “Things haven’t worked out with Dai (Gardiner), he’s tried his best for me but it’s time I get a manager stroke promoter. I messaged Steve and he got back to me quickly, we met up and I signed straight away. Everything he said to me sounded good.” The partnership with Goodwin is the first time Miles has been represented by a promoter since he was with Frank Warren Promotions in 2008 and he’s credited the new deal with helping him get the buzz back. He said, “That only fell apart because Joe Calzaghe fell out with Warren and it affected me because I was in the same gym. I just needed the buzz back for boxing again, I lost it with not having a promoter but now I’ve got a promoter and things are looking up now. I’ve got two dates already so hopefully boxing is on the up for me now and I can reach where I think I should be.” With new stability, Miles aims to set off in a new direction to climb the rankings to fight for the Lonsdale belt but he’ll need to defend his British Masters title first. Plans are in place for Miles to finally stay active with a date on the Sammy Sims show in Newport on November 3rd and Steve Goodwin’s show in London’s York Hall on December 8th. Miles commented, “Hopefully I’ll be really busy now. I’ve got two dates already and after that we’re looking at March and then we’ll take it from there hopefully. I could fight for a British title now and win it, I just need two or three fights to get in contention with the rankings.” “We’re looking to defend it (Masters title) on the Sammy Sims bill, if we can’t get that as a title fight then I’ll definitely defend it on the London show. I’m looking forward to that because I’ve won the belt and no-one’s wanted it so that’s been disappointing.” 26-year-old Miles has seen multiple fights fall through with rising star Tony Conquest (9-0, 3KO) but the Londoner is keeping busy tonight against Irishman Ian Tims and Miles predicts the continued rise of his rival. “In Tony’s last fight he stopped Leon Williams in 40 seconds or whatever it was, that was a really goo win but I know Leon’s chinny. I don’t really know anything about Timms, he’s got a good record and only had one loss after fighting away in Europe and I know how that is. It’s a really good fight but I think Conquest is probably going to win.”

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