BOXING: Blackwell’s ring return is on hold

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NICK Blackwell admits that he’s desperate to get back into the ring as soon as possible after his fight on next month’s bill in Clevedon fell through.

The 21-year-old Trowbridge middleweight, who won the WBC Youth silver belt last month, was lined up to take on Czech fighter Lukas Konecny on the undercard of a show featuring Tyson Fury, Lee Haskins and Chris Eubank Jr. at the Hand Arena on July 7 before his opponent pulled out.

‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell is keen to get some quality rounds under his belt after taking just one to beat Mikheil Khutsishvili in Trowbridge last month, all in preparation for the WBC World Cup tournament in September.

“I thought it was all sorted but the opponent pulled out because I think he wanted more money and more rounds too,” said Blackwell, who trains at the Contender Gym.

“I was also looking to get on a show in Southampton but that won’t be happening – it’s one of those things that happens sometimes.

“I’ve just got stay training at the moment and make sure that I’m ready to take a fight when it comes up.

“If I can’t do that, then I need to try my best to get some quality sparring in.

“I’m going to try and see if I can get some with Darren Barker (Britain’s number three middleweight) and I’ll also be doing some with Ryan Ashton up in Birmingham - he sparred with Carl Froch before his last fight.”

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