Masson v Olteanu for vacant EBU title, Satchell made mandatory

Phil Jay 18/08/2015

Former mandatory challenger Thomas Masson will fight for the vacant flyweight title following the European Boxing Union’s decision to strip Kevin Satchell for failure to fulfil his obligation.

The 25 year-old French champion is now set to fight seasoned Romanian-born Spaniard and ex-title holder Silvio Olteanu on September 12 in Bruay La Buissière, France at the Boxing Club Bruaysien for Satchell’s old belt.

Satchell, 26, fought Walter Rojas last January in what was a non-title bout on the back of the victory over Valery Yanchy that initially gave the Merseysider his status as the best in Europe at the weight.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the undefeated Briton though as Satchell has been made the next in line to face the winner should he want to go back down that route again. It may be the case that 14-0 Satchell will move on and aim for a shot at a world title instead.

Masson has won 13 of his 17 bouts, with four knockouts, whilst veteran Olteanu, 37, has lost seven of 23 contests and previously held the coveted blue belt for seven months back in 2012.

Olteanu has certainly been in the with the better company at 112lbs on paper, although Masson will start as favourite due to the fact that he has home advantage for the clash.