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Birkenhead flyweight Chloe Watson (6-0) contests for her first major title on Friday night as she looks to claim the vacant European title against France’s Justine Lallemand (9-2-1, 1KO) in Bolton.

The pair headline a bill which also features heavyweight heavyweight Nathan Gorman‘s return after over a year out as well as Morecambe featherweight Isaac Lowe.

Wasserman Boxing promote the night of domestic action with live coverage of the bouts set to begin at 10pm UK time.

Watson: ‘You’ll see the best of me’

Both Watson and Lallemand came head-to-head in an intense face-off during fight week as both look to land their first major titles in the paid ranks.

Set for the ten, two-minute round distance, a win for either fighter not only sees them crowned as the best flyweight on the continent but also propels towards a shot at world honours in the near future.

“You’re gonna see the best Chloe Watson come Friday. It’ll be because she is coming to have a fight and have a go. We’ve been in tough fights before but this is for a title and we’re both gonna be trying to win it,” she told BBTV during fight week.

Lallemand enters the night with a significant advantage in height but Watson insists it will make no difference once the opening bell sounds.

“It [the height] might come across as an advantage but I’m telling you now, it’ll be my advantage come Friday.

“The timing of the fight is perfect – the opponent, everything we’ve been working on, it’s all been coming together the last couple of weeks.”

Lallemand has challenged for the European title previously – losing a narrow split-decision to Italy’s Martina Bernile in November – and has since rebounded with a comfortable eight-round points decision in May before taking on Watson.

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Watch BBTV’s full interview with Watson during fight week via our YouTube channel.

Gorman returns 12 months after Wardley loss

Nantwich heavyweight Nathan Gorman (19-2, 13KOs) also makes his return to the ring against Ukraine’s Bohdan Myronets (7-1, 4KOs).

Gorman hasn’t fought since his third-round stoppage defeat to Fabio Wardley for the vacant British heavyweight title a year ago.

The 27-year-old was dropped three times before the bout was eventually halted in the third in his second challenge for the Lord Lonsdale belt following a 2019 knockout defeat to Daniel Dubois four years ago.

Gorman however tells BBTV he remains undeterred as he begins to plot a route back to championship level again while also remaining aware of boxing’s brutal side outside of the ring as well as in it.

“God-willing I’ll get the win Friday and then [we’ll] push on forward back to the British [title],” he said.

“When I boxed Dubois I can remember I had about 50/60 missed calls on the morning of my fight but when I lost I had three – two from my mum and my granny.

“All I box for now is my wife and my children, that’s why I do it for.”

Gorman suffered his second loss versus Wardley 12 months ago. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Myronets only has a loss to his name in eight pro outings and recently ousted Rotherham heavyweight Kash Ali over six rounds in Edinburgh.

Gorman is aware of the threat posed if he does take his eye off the ball but ultimately knows he must deal with the Ukrainian handily if he is to fight for domestic honours again.

“[He’s a] good opponent. He’s coming to win, he’s very confident. I’ve just gotta go in there and do my job.

“I’ve been here before with tough fights but I think the experience [I have] will pay off. Look, if he hits me it’s over, he’s a big man, but the same goes for me.

“I don’t know much about him except against Kash Ali. But is Ali past his best? I don’t know. It’ll be interesting to see how he deals with me.”

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Watch BBTV’s full interview with Gorman ahead of his fight in Bolton on Friday via our YouTube channel.

Toward set for pro debut on the undercard

Former Team GB star and ten-time national champion Dan Toward is set to make his maiden professional appearance over four rounds on the undercard, while Morecambe featherweight Isaac Lowe (23-2-3, 7KOs) also fights for the first time since July.

Wigan welterweight James Moorcroft (19-3, 7KOs) also faces Douglas’ Mathew Rennie (10-0-1, 1KO), while Hull featherweight Codie Smith (3-0) also features.

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