Young handed British Masters title shot

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Swindon’s Kelvin Young has been handed a shot at the British Masters light heavyweight title in March.

Young will take on undefeated Southampton boxer Chris Hobbs for the vacant title on March 28th in Portsmouth.

Prior to that Young will still take on Joe Walsh, at super middleweight, in Swindon on February 13th.

The chance to fight for the British Masters title is a huge step in the right direction for Young, who suffered a shock loss to Kiril Psonko at the end of last year.

That defeat also saw him stripped of his IBO intercontinental title and his promoter Keith Mayo is delighted to get a title shot so quickly.

“It is great news for Kelvin,” admitted Mayo. “To get a shot at another title so quickly is fantastic, especially after how the year finished for him.

“First he must take care of Joe Walsh in Swindon on February 13th and then it will be a case of straight into another training camp to train for this title shot.

“If he can win this British Masters title then it will put him in the reckoning for something bigger later in the year.”

Meanwhile, Swindon-trained Eamonn O’Kane will no longer face Frankie Borg in the headline bout of The World Awaits show in February after the Welsh champion pulled out of the bout today.

Borg cited illness for his withdrawal leaving O’Kane, who is trained by Swindon’s Paddy Fitzpatrick, looking for another worthy opponent to fight.