BOXER Andy Kremner is looking to kick on this year after making a winning return to the ring.
The 25-year-old from Delph defeated Norwich’s Duane Green on points over six rounds at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, to maintain his 100-per-cent record as a pro from eight fights.
The injury-plagued Kremner, who was having only his second bout in more than two years, was delighted to have a troublefree build up to the bout and come through the fight unscathed.
Kremner, who was judged to have won all six rounds, said: “Luckily I came through with no scrapes and no niggles, something that can happen when you are out for so long.
“My training went very well and I am looking forward to a busy year, kicking on and fighting for a title.
“It is full steam ahead and I want to be winning titles and earning money towards buying a house.”
Kremner added there is a chance he may fight at a show in Oldham in March.
He said: “I have never fought in my home town as an amateur or professional.
“I had been due to fight twice in Oldham in the past, but each time been forced to pull out through injury.
“Let’s hope it’s third time lucky. I have many family and friends in the town and it would be great for them not having to travel far.”
Kremner revealed he was forced to move up two weight divisions to super-middleweight for his bout – he is normally welterweight.
He explained: “I will need to diet, trim down and get leaner.
“I dieted but didn’t make the weight which I normally fight at. I was one stone heavier and that was an advantage for my opponent as he was naturally a bigger guy.
“I was always confident of winning and it was comfortable, though Green was quite durable.”
Kremner says the beauty of fighting eight days before Christmas was being able to take time off during the festive period as he saw in the new year in Paris with his girlfriend Nicola before returning to training.
After a whirlwind start to his pro career, Kremner was initially left on the sidelines for 18 months following major surgery to repair a career-threatening shoulder injury.
Kremner had not long had his comeback fight when he was badly hurt his back in a road accident on Huddersfield Road, Oldham, when he suffered a back injury and concussion.
ANDY Kremner thought he was punching above his weight at football which is why the 25-year-old from Delph turned to boxing.
Kemner, who has won all eight professional bouts has revealed he was a promising footballer.
“I realised when I was aged 18/19 that I was not going to make any money at football which is why I chose boxing,” he explained.
Kremner was a talented young striker who even had a spell at Blackburn Rovers’ Academy.
Locally he played for 3D Dynamos, was a County Cup winner for Medlock Rangers and was also the young player of the year at semi-pro club Chadderton.
And Kremner clearly had inherited the footballing gene from his late grandfather Harold Kremner, also a striker who had spells at Oldham Athletic and Sheffield United.
He says as an Oldhamer his ambition is to have a big fight outdoors at Oldham Athletic.