Richard Towers vacates EU heavyweight belt

Phil Jay 26/09/2013

Sheffield’s unbeaten heavyweight Richard Towers has decided to ditch the EU title in favour of focusing on his upcoming clash with stablemate Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne on November 2 in Hull.

The 34 year-old Hatton boxer, who has been sparring David Haye recently, was due to defend his title against Frenchman Johann Duhaupas next month on the challenger’s home soil, but dropped out with less than a month to go.

Towers and Browne, who are both undefeated, will now collide for a chance become the mandatory contender to challenge Commonwealth title holder David Price in 2014, with Hull’s own Tommy Coyle and Luke Campbell also set to feature. The big-hitters had attempted to arrange a bout on two previous occasions only for the fight to fail to get off the ground due to reasons beyond their control and will finally lock horns at Hull Arena in just over five weeks time.

Australian Browne, also 34, has stopped 15 of his 17 opponents to date, with five coming in the first round alone, whilst Towers hold a 14-0 record with 11 of his wins coming inside the distance.

Coyle will take on former European lightweight champion Gavin Rees on the bill, whilst Olympic gold medallist Campbell fights Lee Connelly in what will be his third pro outing.