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Andrew Selby v Charlie Edwards heads to British title bids; Dillian Whyte vacates belt

Phil Jay 12/01/2017

A huge UK flyweight contest between the talented Andrew Selby and former world title challenger Charlie Edwards has been put out to purse bids by the British Boxing Board of Control.

In what seems to be a hopeful move – more than anything, the BBBofC have announced a date of February 8 for both parties to submit their offers to stage what would ordinarily be a world-class attraction.

Whether Sanigar Events and Eddie Hearn believe the contest could take place for the Lonsdale Belt is up for debate, and Selby v Edwards could be saved for at least a world title eliminator or above.

Selby has found it notoriously difficult to seal any opponents in his quest to win the British title outright, with Louis Norman the only domestic foe to contest the championship alongside the Welshman. With only eleven registered boxers in the 112 pound division, Selby is eyeing a quick move up the ladder on his way to a possible world title chance in 2017.

Whether an encounter with Edwards in part of that remains to be seen.

In heavyweight news, Dillian Whyte’s victory over Dereck Chisora in what was a WBC eliminator has meant the Londoner has relinquished his strap, rather than take on mandatory challenger Sam Sexton.

Sexton is now looking for an opponent for a vacant title shot, with Dave Allen one of a few opponents to be considered, alongside the likes of Gary Cornish, Nick Webb, Nathan Gorman and Dominic Akinlade.

A middleweight, Tommy Langford is set to defend against Craig Cunningham in a voluntary taking place this April.

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