Commonwealth Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin won't let challenger Sacky Shikukutu derail him from a shot at the European Welterweight Champion Leonard Bundu.

The Birmingham star takes on Namibian Shikukutu tonight at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena and knows a win is crucial with purse bids being held next month for the European title clash against the Italian veteran.
Given all the hard men who've grafted in the local docks and pits, it's always been a mystery to me why the sports mad north-east of England has struggled to produce more world class prizefighters.

Prior to last December, only Annfield Plain cruiserweight Glenn McCrory had made it to the sport's summit, capturing the IBF crown back in 1989.
Hot light-welterweight prospect Bradley Saunders says he's ready, willing and able to beat British Champion Curtis Woodhouse and Commonwealth Champion Willie Limond.

The 2007 World Amateur Championship Bronze Medallist and 2008 Beijing Olympian, who's currently undefeated in eight fights with six knockouts, features on the undercard of tomorrow night's big IBF World Bantamweight title clash between Stuart Hall and Martin Ward, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546).
Forget domestic, Sedgefield light-welter Bradley Saunders is one of the hottest prospects on the globe.

The 28 year old former World Amateur Bronze and Commonwealth Games silver medallist appears blessed with every conceivable attribute required to flourish at top world level.
Jon Lewis Dickinson was in danger of becoming the champion who nobody knew.

Isolated in the north-east countryside, the former ABA cruiserweight champion triumphed at Prizefighter, Northern Area and English title level before schooling Bulwell's Shane McPhilbin to capture the British crown in Liverpool 17 months ago.
At the ripe old age of 34 Cinderella man Stuey Hall finally kickstarts the defence of the IBF World Bantamweight title that he won in such spectacular fashion against Vusi Malinga last December when he confronts frisky local rival Martin Ward at the Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night.

The reformed Ibiza beach boy embarks as a strong favourite but, with a plethora of top grade home challengers queuing to oblige him in lucrative domestic blockbusters down the line, the hard case from County Durham is acutely aware there can be no scope for a slip-up.
Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion Tony Conquest will now defend his title against hard-hitting Ovill McKenzie on Saturday 12th April at the Copper Box Arena.

Romford ace Conquest makes the first defence of the belt that he won in a tough battle against Australian Daniel Ammann last month and it's a big step up for him to be facing the experienced McKenzie who was Commonwealth champion at light-heavyweight.
West Ham United fans Tony Conquest and Mitchell Smith head to the Boleyn Ground tonight for the Hammers' Premier League clash against Hull.

Conquest, the Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion and Smith, the Southern Area Super-Featherweight Champion, will be announced to the crowd pre-match and get involved in half-time activities.
Super-featherweight ace Mitchell Smith and trainer Jason Rowland say their relationship is so close that it's on a telepathic level.

The dynamic duo are preparing for their English title challenge at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 12th April, with Smith - the current Southern Area Champion - facing unbeaten Peter Cope from Hartlepool.
Following his sizzling bantamweight debut at Aintree earlier this month, new WBA Intercontinental king Paul Butler has designs on taking the outside lane to a 118lb world title shot.

Already ranked 12th by the WBA, 'The Baby Faced Assassin' shall be a keen ringside spectator at the IBF World title spat between north-east rivals Stuey Hall and Martin Ward at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena on Saturday 29th March. And don't be surprised if, post-fight, piston Paul is trying to goad the winner into chancing their arm against him this summer, in what would be another big domestic blockbuster.

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