After almost 18 months out of the ring, Tyler Denny is set to step through the ropes once again next Friday night, as he takes on Derrick Osaze in an all-British middleweight contest.
In what will be his first fight post pandemic, Denny most certainly has the bit between his teeth and is more determined than ever to show boxing fans just how good he is. Next Friday is hopefully just the start for the West Midlands man, as he aims to get back to winning ways and climb up the middleweight rankings.
Deny is looking to get back to winning ways this Friday (Photo: @BCB_Boxing on Twitter)
Ahead of this fight, Denny insists he’s had the best training he can possibly have, with top level sparring all throughout camp.
“Training has been great, I’ve had some top sparring. I was sparring Ben Whittaker last week who is a bit of a different style to Osaze, but it will always help the more sparring you do. I’ve sparred Lennox Clarke all through camp, Zach Parker, Ricky Summers. We’ve got really good sparring in the gym. Two weeks ago was the first day I’ve actually been out for sparring, up in Manchester, it’s all just been there for me. My weight is good, fitness is there and I’m just ready to put on a show now.”
18 months out of the ring is a long time for any fighter, and that is no different for the 29-year-old. Although the long absence from the ring will have been a frustrating period for the 5”10 southpaw, Denny believes it has done him the world of good.
Having teamed up with a new gym and new coaches, the long layoff has given Denny the chance to build a rapport with his new coaching staff and work on his craft non-stop.
“I’ve been training all the way through. It might have even done me good because I’ve moved camps since my last fight as well. It’s been over a year now since I moved, I think it was last March I came to Errol Johnson, so it’s given me time to work with him.
“All the other lads have had fights coming up as well, Lennox [Clarke] fought and won the British a month or so ago, Zach Parker is fighting soon, so I’ve been busy and stayed active for sure. There’s a really good healthy rivalry in our gym as well which is great, nobody wants to lose a sparring session, so I’ve made sure I’m on it at all times.”
Denny putting in the work sparring with Ricky Summers (left) (Photo: @tyler_denny91 on Instagram)
Denny’s last fight against Linus Udofia was a tough one to take, losing on the cards by a razor thin majority decision. The West Midlands man believed he had done enough to get his hand raised, but it wasn’t to be.
Since then, as touched on previously, Denny has switched things up in his camp, and believes that this new arrangement will bring out the best of him.
“Errol [Johnson] has always managed me anyway so I’ve always been close to him and his gym, always went there for sparring, so it makes sense really. I had my other coaches blessing and I just think it’s a better move for me. I’m surrounding myself with top level lads, I feel like that has brought me on.”
Denny faces arguably the toughest test of his career on Friday night, with unbeaten Derrick Osaze (10-0) opposite him in the ring. Osaze has some impressive wins on his resume, with the likes of Tey Lynn Jones, Grant Dennis and Kieron Conway suffering defeat at the hands of the unbeaten middleweight.
The 29-year-old knows that Osaze will prove a stern test for him, but Denny is full of confidence that he has what it takes to get the better of him.
“I’ve not seen him in a fight other than in the Ultimate Boxxer tournament, and he did really well, he looked strong and fit, but they’re only three rounds fights, this is a completely different ball game. This is ten rounds. I’m sure he’ll come and be super fit and strong, but I just feel like I’m better than him. I believe I’m better than him in every department and I’m looking to show it.”
Last time out, Denny lost a razor thin points decision to Linus Udofia, in a fight he felt on another night he could have been given the nod. Although this was his last competitive fight, it was almost 18 months ago, so Denny has had plenty of time to assess his performance and dwell on the fight.