Islington boxer will take nothing for granted in rematch with Bulgarian opponent
PUBLISHED: 17:25 09 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:25 09 March 2016
Islington lightweight ‘Mustard’ Mike Peart is determined to avoid any glimmer of complacency when he takes on Danail Stanoev in a rematch this weekend.
Peart has already beaten the Bulgarian once, winning a four-round clash on points last September in his comeback after more than a year out due to illness.
However, the 28-year-old feels that result could actually count against him when the pair line up at York Hall for a second time, to contest the vacant International Challenge Belt over eight rounds on Saturday.
“I expect this one to be different,” Peart told the Gazette. “That was my first fight back after that long lay-off. It should be a lot more entertaining this time.
“Because I’ve already fought him, he knows what I’m about – that makes it more interesting and it can work against you. I have to be very cautious about this and be ready.
“There are people who have fought someone for the second time and just haven’t trained all that hard, thinking they’ve already got one up on their opponent. Mentally it’s got to be just the opposite.”
Peart, who turns 29 next week, won his debut fight in July 2014 but was then sidelined by a debilitating bout of reactive arthritis that left him unable to even walk.
However, he made his return against Stanoev in the autumn and followed that up with his third professional victory two months later, also on points against Kristian Laight.
Stanoev has won four and lost three of his paid contests to date and, while all of those wins have come in his homeland, there is no question of the Londoner underestimating his opponent.
“People might think boxers who come over from eastern Europe just come to go through the motions – not this guy. He’s got a winning record,” added Peart, who is trained by Mickey Cunningham and Rod Julian.
“I’m not sure if he contacted [my promoter] Steve Goodwin or the other way round, but he clearly thinks he can win this time. But I’ve been training really hard and I want to make everyone proud.”
For ticket information about the Goodwin Sports show, contact Peart via Twitter (@mustard_mike1), Facebook or Instagram (@mustard_mike).