Brit trio Gavin, Haskins and Satchell in line for European title shots

Phil Jay 20/05/2014

A trio of British fighters are set to be handed European title clashes in the coming months following the EBU’s decision to put forward Frankie Gavin, Kevin Satchell and Lee Haskins as mandatory challengers in their respective divisions.

Undefeated amateur star Gavin, 28, has already been victorious in claiming British and Commonwealth belts at welterweight, and is now on the verge of taking on Leonard Bundu in a contest promoted by Queensberry Promotions.

It’s a possibility that the fight could happen on the upcoming Tyson Fury v Dereck Chisora undercard on July 26, although nothing has yet been confirmed by Frank or Francis Warren.

Bristol’s Lee Haskins, who held the European bantamweight title before being dethroned in his first defence by Belgium’s Stephane Jamoye, has been confirmed as the next in line to face Ricky Hatton-promoted Zhanat Zhakiyanov if both parties are agreeable to a deal.

The 30 year-old has won his last three at domestic level since losing out to Jamoye – claiming the Lonsdale belt at 118lbs along the way with an impressive stoppage victory over former world title challenger Martin Ward.

Finally, Kevin Satchell, 25, is the nominated fighter for current EBU flyweight title holder Valery Yanchi as the Liverpudlian aims to extend his perfect 12-fight record on the back of his recent win over Isaac Quaye at Aintree Racecourse.

More details are set to be announced soon once a decision is made on all three clashes as the UK threesome look to join Kid Galahad, Lee Selby and Dereck Chisora as reigning kings of Europe.

Middleweight Billy Joe Saunders is already pencilled in for his European title clash against Emanuele Blandamura, which will happen on the Fury v Chisora card at the Phones 4U Arena in the summer.

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