Bristol super-flyweight moving down for Italian challenge
British and Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Lee Haskins (20-2, 10 KO’s), has been handed an EBU title shot on April 15th in Cagliari, Italy, but will have to drop down form 115lbs to 112lbs for the privilege, as he looks to dethrone champion Andrea Sarritzu on home soil.
Sarritzu, 34, is a former two-time WBO title challenger and could be a formidable opponent for the Bristol man, who may struggle to drop down the weight divisions for a second time in three-years, following his move down from bantamweight in 2008.
The champion, from Sardegna, regained the European flyweight title at the end of 2009 and has a deceiving fight record, with a lot of repetition, making it tough to gage the Italian’s true level. A tight split decision defeat and a draw with current WBO champion Omar Narvaez should put him up at world-class, but he may now be past his best.
For Haskins, at 27, he may now be reaching his peak and his 2008 eight-round victory over Jamie McDonnell looks better the more McDonnell excels. He goes into the lion’s den next month in the best shape possible, his dismantling of unbeaten Don Braodhurst over twelve rounds last December should have his confidence sky high.