The British Boxing Board of Control’s latest circular, released before Christmas, has thrown up some potentially entertaining match-ups for the New Year.
At heavyweight, Dillian Whyte has been ordered to defend his Lonsdale Belt against the rejuvenated Sam Sexton, a recent rival who there’s been needle with in the past.
Due to Whyte’s excellent showing against Dereck Chisora in what was a top division Fight of the Year contender, ‘The Villain’ may not want to pursue the contest with Sexton though should there be better offers afoot.
The BBBofC could threaten Whyte with being stripped if the Londoner fails to follow through with what now looks to be a step back for the WBC rated puncher as talk of a return with Chisora gathers pace.
At super-lightweight, another tasty scrap could materialize but which also has larger implications for one fighter than the other as Tyrone Nurse has been matched with up and comer Ohara Davies for his next defence.
Nurse defeated Tommy Coyle in July to successfully retain the title for a second time and would need to do similar against Davies in order to keep his belt outright and move on to bigger things.
As Davies currently holds the WBC Silver strap, Nurse could capitalize on the 24 year-old’s ranking with the World Boxing Council granted promoter Frank Warren pursues the bid next month.
In the featherweight division, Ryan Walsh has the chance to put his European title loss to Dennis Ceylan behind him in an eye-catching clash with Isaac Lowe. The 30 year-old Cromer man also has two defences in the bag and needs a third to secure the coveted UK title for keeps.
Prospective opponent Lowe, 22, struggled to stay active in 2016 and will be hoping to kick the New Year off with a bang before challenging Walsh in the near future.
All three bouts are to be considered on January 11, 2017.