The BBBoC has sent out its monthly title updates. British heavyweight titlist Dillian Whyte has been ordered to defend against Sam Sexton, it has gone out to purse bids and they are due in by January 11 with the contest to take place by the end of April 2017 (this timescale applies to all purse bids unless stated otherwise).
The vacant cruiserweight belt will be contested by Craig Kennedy and Matty Askin. Further down the divisions, Elliott Mathews and Jack Arnfield have been matched in an eliminator for the British middleweight title held by Tommy Langford, Steve Wood will promote that one, venue and date TBA.
Welterweight holder Bradley Skeete’s fight against Shayne Singleton will be promoted by Frank Warren, with the date and venue TBA. Steve Goodwin has won the right to stage John O’Donnell against Erick Ochieng as a final eliminator for Skeete’s belt. It will take place at the York Hall on March 18 and the vacant English title will also be on the line.
Tyrone Nurse has been ordered to defend his light-welterweight belt against O’Hara Davies, so that one is also out to purse bids. At lightweight, they announced that Joe Murray has withdrew from an eliminator against Lewis Ritson, the winner would have been given a crack at lightweight holder Scott Cardle.
Eddie Hearn has won the right to stage Super featherweight holder Martin Joseph Ward’s defence against Maxi Hughes, the date and venue are TBA and ‘The winner to box Anthony Cacace when called upon to do so’.
Ryan Walsh versus Isaac Lowe for Walsh’s featherweight crown has also gone out to bids. At Super bantamweight, Frank Warren will put on James Dickens’s defence against Thomas Patrick Ward, it will take place on February 25 in Manchester with a venue TBA.
In English title news, Ricky Hatton has been granted permission to put on a contest between heavyweight Nathan Gorman against Adam Machaj, with the winner to face Dominic Akinlade in April 2017 for the vacant title.
Craig Cunningham’s decision to withdraw from the running for the light-welterweight title has opened the door for Richard Godding and Richard Skelton, with bids due in by noon on Wednesday January 11.
Promoter Stuart Davies won the right to stage Joe Hughes against Andrew Keates for the vacant light-welterweight title. The bout takes place in Bristol on Saturday night.
At Super featherweight, Sam Bowen will meet Zelfa Barrett for the vacant belt, that one has gone out to purse bids. Reece Bellotti’s featherweight English title defence against Samir Mouneime has also gone out to bids.
Steve Goodwin has won the right to stage Super bantamweight holder Sean Davis’s defence against Josh Kennedy, it will take place at York Hall on March 18. The fate of the vacant bantamweight belt will be decided on March 4 at the Doncaster Dome after Stefy Bull won the rights to stage the contest.