British title news: Askin v Okolie closer / Hearn wins Walsh v Lowe II / Byfield v Cheeseman

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Three eye-catching contests were revealed at domestic UK level this week as the British Boxing Board of Control announced their latest bulletin.

At cruiserweight, champion Matty Askin is edging towards a massive clash with Lawrence Okolie after stewards put the bout to purse bids on August 8.

Askin, who won the title in May 2017 against Craig Kennedy before making a successful defence against Stephen Simmons, is set to put his belt on the line against the undefeated Commonwealth champion in Okolie.

The 29 year-old has already taken to social media to express his interest in the contest, which would see Okolie begin as favourite following his crushing win over Luke Watkins last month.

In the super-welterweight division, Eddie Hearn claimed the rights to stage a vacant title clash between Asinia Byfield and Ted Cheeseman. The date chosen was October 20 in London, potentially the scene of another Matchroom NXTGEN show to be announced soon.

Byfield has lost just once in fourteen fights as a pro, whilst Cheeseman has impressed of late in extending his undefeated run to 14-0 against the likes of Carson Jones and Pauly Upton.

Another foray into the purse bid stakes saw Hearn pick up the Lonsdale Belt rematch between Ryan Walsh and Isaac Lowe following their debated draw in February.

Walsh has already won the strap outright but recently told WBN he wants to move on to world level. Lowe, on the other hand, eyes a second fight with Walsh in order to put the rivalry to bed.

Lowe told WBN in an earlier interview:  “Listen, I’m gonna be truthful - I know it was a close fight, I’ve had twelve round fights but I thought I edged it by two rounds.

“I watched it back a couple of times and I haven’t really changed my mind about it, to be honest. I really do think I won the fight.

"On the night I thought it was close, it could have gone either way (with the judges) because it was a close fight.

“The first six rounds or so I thought I outboxed him and I lost a few in the middle rounds, between 6 and 10, I let him back in the fight and I started to get more of a fight with him.

“It’s a learning lesson and there’s no doubt in my mind; next time there’s gonna be one clear winner.

“I want the rematch, I think Ryan wants the rematch because it makes sense, obviously we didn’t like each other before the fight.

"I wouldn’t say we’re best buddies, but after that night I have got a lot of respect for Ryan, I know he’s a tough opponent and I know he’s good.

“I’m sure he wants to show everybody he can beat me and I want to show everybody what I am.

"That night I know for a fact that was only 70% of me, that was no way near my best performance. I know if it comes again I’ll dominate Ryan Walsh.”

Already revealed by Matchroom was a super-lightweight battle between Glen Foot and Robbie Davies Jr. which the BBBofC have now ratified for October 13 in Newcastle.