Ogogo moves closer to Eubank Jr; Smith set for Blackledge defence

Phil Jay 12/08/2016

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According to the latest British Boxing Board of Control circular, Anthony Ogogo has been put forward to fight a final eliminator for the UK middleweight title currently held by Chris Eubank Jr.

Ogogo, 27, is three victories into a comeback from yet another injury nightmare but has his sights set on facing the bigger names in the division and may well see fighting Elliott Mathews as a means to an end.

Purse bids for the Mathews bout have been set for September 14 by the BBBofC on the back of promoter Frank Warren winning the right to stage Eubank Jr’s next defence opposite up and comer Tommy Langford on Thursday.

The winners of both bouts should then meet in the early part of 2017, which would be the final bout Eubank Jr. needs to win the Lonsdale Belt outright, provided the Brighton man comes through Langford of course.

At super-middleweight, Callum Smith’s handler Eddie Hearn has reached an agreement to stage a clash with British number one contender Luke Blackledge as a world title chance continues to stall.

Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher had told WBN last month that he wanted the Liverpool man to fight for a world title next, but with James DeGale and Badou Jack set for a unification, ‘Mundo’ has seen his opportunities limited.

That means Blackledge could be Smith’s next opponent before potentially going up against the winner of DeGale v Jack for two world titles in the spring of next year.