BOXING: Blackwell focusses on EBU chance
NICK Blackwell’s trainer Mark Kent says the Trowbridge fighter will not be looking past his EBU middleweight title challenge against Max Bursak – despite being touted for a possible British middleweight title eliminator against Chris Eubank Jr.
The British Boxing Board of Control have proposed a fight between ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell (13-2) and Eubank Jr, the son of former world middleweight and super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank, but the Contender Gym’s Kent is not certain the bout will be staged.
Blackwell’s trainer is instead encouraging the 22-year-old to focus on his trip to Kharkiv, Ukraine, on September 21, when he will go toe-to-toe with Bursak (27-1-1) in his own back yard.
“The board likes to put these types of fights forward between people in the top ten but I’m not so sure that Eubank Jr would want to fight Nick.
“I think that his (Eubank’s) people would be looking for him to have 15-20 fights before they step him up,” said Kent.
“I haven’t heard very much about it so I’m not too sure that it’s going to happen.
“We’re looking at going in a different direction and we’re not looking past the EBU title at the moment.
“Nick’s a bit stiff at the moment because we’ve had to jump forward a few weeks but that’s the way it is with these fights.”
Kent also revealed that Blackwell is set to land a three-fight contract with K2 promotions, who promote the unified heavyweight world champions, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, if he triumphs over 29-year-old Bursak next month.
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