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Callum Johnson v Josh Buatsi, Lewis Ritson v Andy Townend updates

World Boxing News 27/12/2018

Lawrence Lustig

The British Boxing Board of Control will hear purse bids on two solid British title contests in the New Year.

According to the circular released in December, Callum Johnson and Lewis Ritson should defend their belts before the May 2019 deadline.

Johnson lost a world title bid against Artur Beterbiev despite knocking the Russian down. The Boston man could now drop back to domestic level.

His opponent has been ordered. It makes for a mouth-watering encounter with undefeated Josh Buatsi (📸 Lawrence Lustig).

Promoter Eddie Hearn now has to decide whether he wants to make the match-up next. Hearn has until January 9 to make up his mind.

Another fight possible is a lightweight defence for Lewis Ritson following his shock European title reverse.

Ritson is also on the comeback trail. The Newcastle puncher has been given the same date to mull over a clash with mandatory Andy Townend.

At flyweight, Andrew Selby looks set to vacate after landing a WBC title eliminator.

Below is the official ruling for each of those divisions:

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

CALLUM JOHNSON (Holder) v JOSHUA BUATSI – Following a request from both parties, purse bids for the above have been postponed for 1 month.

The Stewards have therefore decided to put out the above contest to purse bids. Those to be submitted in accordance with the Terms and Conditions to the Board’s Head Office by 12:00noon on Wednesday, 9th January 2019.

The contest to take place by the end of April 2019.

RICKY SUMMERS v ANDRE STERLING – Following a request from both parties, purse bids for the above have been postponed for 1 month.

The Stewards have therefore decided to put out the above eliminator contest to purse bids. Those to be submitted in accordance with the Terms and Conditions to the Board’s Head Office by 12:00noon on Wednesday, 9th January 2019.

The contest to take place by the end of April 2019.


LIGHTWEIGHT

LEWIS RITSON (Holder) v ANDY TOWNEND – The Stewards decided to put out the above contest to purse bids. Those to be submitted in accordance with the Terms and Conditions to the Board’s Head Office by 12:00noon on Wednesday, 9th January 2019.

The contest to take place by the end of April 2019.

FLYWEIGHT

ANDREW SELBY (Holder) Following the withdrawal of Paddy Barnes, this division will be considered by the Stewards next month.

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