IT’S taken some time to materialise, but Kenny Anderson is now just days away from his long-awaited shot at the British super-middleweight belt.
The British Boxing Board of Control stripped George Groves of the domestic strap following an injury-riddled year for the 24-year-old.
The Londoner was due to defend his title against Anderson in September, but suffered a cut against Francisco Sierra which postponed their rematch for a second time.
It was also called off in March when Groves hurt his back during sparring.
The 29-year-old Scot, who fights out of Gisburn’s Maree Leisure, won’t get his rematch with Groves following his defeat in 2010 at Manchester’s MEN Arena, but a route has been paved for his deserved shot at the title.
Anderson, who has won his five fights since that defeat, faces Robin Reid on the undercard of Kell Brook’s world title eliminator against Hector Saldivia at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday.
While Anderson finally gets his shot, Reid, now 41, goes in to the contest from the opposite end of the spectrum, facing one final crack at the big time.
The former world champion at the weight retired five years ago when suffering defeat to Carl Froch for the Lonsdale Belt, but won three of his four fights when making a return last year.
“It’s been a long road, but that just makes it all the better,” said Anderson. “It’s strengthened my resolve.
“The stuff Robin’s achieved, I’d like to achieve. This is my time. I’ve had a perfect training camp, it couldn’t have gone better.
“It’s going to be a good one for the fans, inevitably it’s going to be an exciting fight and one to watch.”