Huddersfield boxer Tyrone Nurse’s British light-welterweight title eliminator will move a step closer on Wednesday.
That’s the deadline for purse bids for the mandated meeting with Sedgefield’s Bradley Saunders, who is fresh from winning the WBO inter continental belt.
The Saunders showdown will also form the first defence of Nurse’s English 10st title, won on points at the expense of Fens fighter Tyler Goodjohn in Manchester in April.
The 24-year-old followed up his slick show against Goodjohn with a solid points success against Driffield’s Danny Little in a six-rounder in Leeds last month.
Nurse now has 29 wins from 30 bouts, and is desperate for a tilt at the British title, currently held by former professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse, also from Driffield.
Woodhouse makes his first defence against Scotsman Willie Limond, the Commonwealth champion, in Glasgow on June 27, when Nurse plans to be among the crowd.
Olympian Saunders, 28, took his professional record to 10 wins from 10 with a quickfire first-round stoppage of Finland’s Ville Piispanen in their WBO clash in Newcastle.
The manner of former European amateur champion and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Saunders’ win will add to the appeal of the fight against Nurse.
Well-known promoters Matchroom have said they intended to put in a bid to stage the Nurse versus Saunders bout, which must take place by the end of September.
Nurse’s trainee Chris Aston tasted British title success with Huddersfield cruiserweight Mark Hobson, who won a Lonsdale belt outright in 2004 and claimed the crown again in 2007.
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