Big news this week for fans of James DeGale and George Groves was that they have finally been able to agree terms over contracts and with purse bids for the fight being won by Yorkshire based promoter Dave Coldwell, this fight will happen some time this year with DeGales British title and Groves’ Commonwealth Super Middleweight Championship on the line. The pair once met as amateurs, with Groves coming out the winner on that occasion on points. The fight will almost certainly take place on the undercard of David Hayes third defence of his heavyweight title. Below is the round-up and insight to all the latest domestic fight details from this months board meeting.
The British Boxing Board of control have released their latest fight notice circular, for up-coming British, English and European championship fights involving British boxers.
English heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is in line for a shot at the British heavyweight tile that is currently held by Dereck Chisora, who fights Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight title on April 30th. It isnt believed that Chisora will relinquish the belt before the fight with Klitschko, with the show and Chisora carrying more kudos when he is introduced has the British heavyweight champion. Either way Fury fights for the Lonsdale belt and the board will decide when at a further meeting.
Danny McIntosh who won the European light-heavyweight title last month is in line for a crack at the Lonsdale belt on the back of his fantastic continental success. McIntosh will face the winner of Nathan Cleverly and Ovill McKenzie who contest the famous belt in a rematch bout between the pair. The first fight was a real humdinger, with Bellew eventually prevailing with an 8th round stoppage after dragging himself off the canvas earlier in the fight. There is nothing to suggest that the return wont be more of the same.
HEAVYWEIGHT DERECK CHISORA (Holder)
The Stewards confirmed Tyson Fury as mandatory challenger and purse bids will be put out for Dereck Chisora v Tyson Fury at a later Board meeting.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT ANTHONY BELLEW v OVILL MCKENZIE
Following the relinquishment of the Championship by Nathan Cleverly, the Stewards confirmed approval of the above contest for the Vacant Championship to take place on Saturday, 19th February 2011 at York Hall, Bethnal Green. The winner to defend against Danny McIntosh when called upon by the Stewards with the purse for this contest being split 50/50. This contest is also for the Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Championship.
SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT JAMES DEGALE (Holder) v GEORGE GROVES Following the opening of purse bids at Head Office at 12.00.noon on Wednesday, 9th February 2011, the winning bid was submitted by Promoter David Coldwell. This contest will take place on a date and at a venue as yet to be advised. This contest is also for the Commonwealth Super Middleweight Championship.
MIDDLEWEIGHT DARREN BARKER (Holder)
Consideration of this Championship will take place at the next Board meeting.
WELTERWEIGHT (Vacant) JOHN O’DONNELL v CRAIG WATSON
The above contest to be promoted by Promoter Mick Hennessy, will take place at Wembley Arena on Saturday, 19th February 2011.
MICHAEL JENNINGS v GARY MCMILLAN
This eliminator contest to take place in Braehead Arena, Glasgow on Saturday, 12th March 2011.
LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT LENNY DAWS (Holder) v ASHLEY THEOPHANE The above contest to be promoted by Promoter Mick Hennessy, will take place at Wembley Arena on Saturday, 19th February 2011.
LIGHTWEIGHT JOHN WATSON v ANTHONY CROLLA
The Steward approved a request from Promoter Barry Hearn for the above contest to take place at Liverpool Olympia on Saturday, 12th February 2011.
FEATHERWEIGHT JOHN SIMPSON (Holder) v STEPHEN SMITH
Following the opening of purse bids at Head Office at 12.00.noon on Wednesday, 9th February 2011, the winning bid was submitted by Promoter Frank Maloney. This contest will take place on a date and at a venue as yet to be advised.
MIDDLEWEIGHT NICK BLACKWELL (Holder) v MATT HAINEY
Due to illness of Nick Blackwell, a new date is awaited for the above contest to be promoted by Promoter Keith Mayo.
BANTAMWEIGHT CRAIG LYON (Holder) v JOSH WALE
The above contest, to be promoted by Promoter Richard Hatton MBE will take place at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on Saturday, 26th February 2011.
SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT STEVE FOSTER (Holder) v ERMANNO FEGATELLI
The above contest to be promoted by Promoter Richard Hatton MBE, will take place in Bolton on Saturday, 26th February 2011.
FLYWEIGHT ANDRE SARRITZU (Holder) (Italy) v LEE HASKINS
A new date and venue is awaited for the above contest to be promoted by Promoter OPI 2000.