Peterborough cruiserweight Karl Wheeler has got a date for his next fight.
The 33 year-old has agreed a deal with promoter Steve Goodwin and boxes on his show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, September 5.
For Wheeler, it’s his first fight since a six-round points win over Moses Matovu in Leicestershire last September.
He’s been kept out of the ring by a cruciate knee injury that needed surgery and is convinced Goodwin is the right man to get his career moving again.
Wheeler, sponsored by Global Self Drive and Maximum Nutrition, describes Goodwin as ‘an awesome bloke’ and added: “He’s probably the busiest promoter in Britain.
“Because Steve has so many shows, I can box regularly and that’s what every boxer wants.
“He also has the connections to get me title shots.”
The fight in September - set to be over six rounds - will be Wheeler’s first at the York Hall, regarded by fight fans as ‘the home of British boxing.’
He said: “I’ve always wanted to fight at the York Hall. It’s not the biggest venue, but it gets noisy in there and has a great history.
“There have been some great fights there - and probably the best fight I’ve seen there was Jaz Virdee’s debut. What a war that was. Jaz lost, but what a fight! Whenever people talk about the York Hall I always think about that fight.”
Virdee will be in Wheeler’s corner for his next fight - and he also trains alongside the fighter at Raw 32 on Tresham Road.
Wheeler is convinced all his hard graft in the gym will pay off - and he will finally get his hands on a boxing prize.
“The way I train, I can’t see me not winning a title,” he said. “I don’t think other fighters put themselves through what I put myself through in the gym. I do it because I want to win a title.
“I’ve got loads of trophies for playing football, but because I didn’t have any amateur fights, I haven’t got anything to show for my boxing career yet.
“I want to give a belt to my son Onri - and he wants to take it to school. These are the thoughts that drive me on in the gym every day. That’s why I train as hard as I do and that’s why when it gets tough, I keep getting off my stool.”
Wheeler hopes to take plenty of support with him to the East End venue - and says his fans can help him achieve his goals.
Wheeler has had several crowd-pleasing scraps in his 15-fight professional career - including an unforgettable, up-and-down punch up with JJ Ojuederie at Werrington Sports Centre a decade ago - and said: “It’s the crowd cheering for you that gets you through the tough fights.
“When you get hit and you’re hurt, you hear everyone shouting: ‘Come on, Karl’ and that’s what makes you fight through it. I can’t let my supporters down. I have to keep fighting for them. I hope they come to the York Hall and make some noise for me.”
Tickets for the show at the York Hall are available from 07713-194038.