Exclusive: Sanigar updates on Haskins-Hall / McKenzie-Kennedy

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It is likely that Lee Haskins’ mandated IBF bantamweight world title defence against Stuart Hall will go to purse bids and will take place around September or October time.

According to Bristol manager and promoter Jamie Sanigar, no agreement has yet been reached for the contest with a limited availability of dates proving to be a problem.

Haskins (33-3, 14KO) most recently retained his title via a unanimous points decision over Mexico’s Ivan Morales and was quickly ordered by the IBF to face former world champion Hall in what would be a rematch between the pair after Haskins won the first contest.

“The scenario at the moment is that it looks like it will go to purse bids as we haven’t yet been able to come to an agreement with Eddie Hearn (promoter of Stuart Hall),” Sanigar exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Lee wants to box at home in Bristol, but if we don’t win the purse bids then it is win-win for us anyway. Eddie puts on great promotions and if it came to it, Lee would get to fight on a prestigious show on Sky Sports. Hall is not so much a Josh Warrington where we would be going into a lion’s den.

“It will take a considerable bid for them to win the fight, especially with the 75/25% split in Lee’s favour. The finances are not so much a problem anyway.

“The summer is causing the biggest issue with so much sport already taking place including the Euros and the Tyson Fury fight – there are only so many Saturdays available. The fight is most likely to take place in the new season, around September/October time and we are now just waiting for the IBF to call bids.”

Another fight that has been ordered is for Craig Kennedy (15-0, 8KO) to face champion Ovill McKenzie for the British cruiserweight title and Sanigar thinks that it will be another fight going to purse bids.

He said: “It has always been Craig’s dream to box for the British belt so we are delighted that he now has that mandated spot secured. Purse bids have been called for July 13 for the McKenzie fight so we are just seeing how things progress in the next few weeks – It is another fight that is likely going to happen in the new season.

“Ovill is a great champion and one of the best British titlists out there across the weights. He was unfortunate with his world title shot and then he had to pull out of the European title fight with an injury so he has had some bad luck and may still be looking for those bigger fights.

“If he does want to keep the British belt though he will have to face Craig Kennedy, so we are just waiting to see how this one develops.”

Matt Horan is lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123