The British Boxing Board of Control have released their latest fight announcements to content for the Lord Lonsdale belt at all weight categories for June, 2022. All bouts declared will go to purse bids on Wednesday July 13th, and the contests must take place before November 22nd, 2022.
At 175lbs, Dan Azeez, who secured the strap in an impressive seventh-round stoppage of Hosea Burton back in November, has been ordered to defend his belt versus former champion Shakan Pitters in what should be a tasty domestic affair in an already competitive division.
Arguably the pick of the bunch comes in the super-welterweight division, where champion Troy Williamson must face Liverpool’s in-form James ‘JJ’ Metcalf. Williamson made a first successful defence of his title versus Mason Cartwright in a contender for domestic fight of the year, while Metcalf defeated Bilbao’s Kerman Lejarraga in his own backyard last month.
In the division below, welterweight king Ekow Essuman has been ordered to defend against Samuel Antwi. The former has made two successful defences of his strap versus Danny Ball and then Darren Tetley in April, while Antwi secured the English title at 147lbs in a pulsating ten-round contest with Wolverhampton’s Conah Walker in February. Staying with the welterweights, the Board have ordered a contest between Lewis Crocker and Chris Kongo in a final eliminator, with the winner set to face the emerging victor between Essuman and Antwi. Another eliminator has also been called between Harry Scarff and Liam Taylor respectively.
At 140lbs, the BBBofC have revealed that Dalton Smith will face-off against Sam O’Maison for the vacant British super-lightweight title on a Matchroom card to take place on Saturday, 6th August 2022 in Sheffield. The Board have also decreed that the winner face Kaisee Benjamin in their first defence when ordered to do so.
British lightweight champion Gavin Gwynne will defend versus Craig Woodruff on a Lee Eaton card, with a date and venue yet to be confirmed. An eliminator between Cori Gibbs and Mark Chamberlain has also been called at 135lbs.
Down at bantamweight, Lee McGregor has been ordered to face-off against Sean McGoldrick in defence of his title. McGregor secured the strap in a close all-Scottish affair with Kash Farooq back in 2019.