With British middleweight champion Nick Blackwell successfully negotiating the late-replacement challenge of Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield on Saturday (Nov 14), Dennis Hobson is eyeing a future challenger slot for English champ Lewis Taylor.
Dronfield’s Taylor defends his belt against Sheffield’s Jez Wilson on November 21 at Rotherham’s Magna Centre – headlining alongside Muheeb Fazeldin’s Commonwealth bantamweight battle with Klaas Mboyane, and Sam Sheedy’s Commonwealth light-middleweight eliminator against Frank Dodze. And if he comes through the derby test then Hobson believes Lewis can unseat Blackwell in a future Lonsdale Belt fight.
“Jez is a very fit kid, but Lewis is very well-schooled,” assessed Hobson on Taylor’s forthcoming title defence. “He’s also got some good experience now having fought Eamonn O’Kane over in Ireland and ending up on the end of a bad decision. I think it makes for a great fight, and is a potential 50-50, but I think Lewis’ skill will see him outpoint Jez.
“I’d fancy Lewis against Nick Blackwell, and I think he can do more than win a British. Obviously he needs to come through this first, and it is a good test to see where he’s at. Lewis isn’t flashy but he’s very good at everything, and that’s what they used to say about Clinton Woods and we know how far he went.”
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