COMMONWEALTH welterweight champion Denton Vassell is keen on mixing it with new British king Colin Lynes early next year.
Lynes caused a huge upset when he took the domestic title from Lee Purdy on Wednesday to set up some big paydays.
Vassell beat Purdy to become Commonwealth king in April 2009 and makes his second title defence against Australian Samuel Colomban at Oldham Leisure Centre on Saturday (Nov 12th).
A Vassell-Purdy rematch had been mooted, but Hatton Promotions head Ricky Hatton said: “I would never write Lee off, but a fight between Denton and Colin with two titles up for grabs is an attraction grabber.
“It was a special performance from Colin against Lee, and it is amazing to think he was one of my rivals during my light-welterweight days.
“Denton has a tough fight against Colomban on Saturday and after he wins that perhaps we can make an effort to match Denton and Colin.”
With the possibility of Lynes looming, Vassell insists he will not be under-estimating Colomban who has won 20 of his 23 bouts.
Vassell who has won all 18 pro fights said: “I don’t take any fight for granted. I treat every fight like it is a world championship fight.
“I train hard and hope it all pays off in the ring. Train hard and fights are easy, and enjoy it while you do it. It is as simple as that.”
Other fights on the Oldham bill: Paul Truscott v Dezzie Higginson, Matty Askin v Roman Kracic, Kieran Farrell v Youssef Al Hamidi, Jazza Dickens v James Ancliff, Adam Little v Billy Smith and Kieran Maher v Gavin Putney.
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets priced at £35, £55 and £75 VIP ringside. You can buy by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991 or online www.hattonboxing.com
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has written to the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) urging them to tighten the rules on promoters paying fighters.
Hearn’s letter raised concerns that some fighters have had to wait months beyond the seven day regulated period to be paid for their work and he says he is unhappy about the treatment that some fighters are receiving.
But Hearn is also encouraging the boxers themselves to alert the board if they believe they are missing payments for the endeavours in the ring.
“There are cases of boxers waiting one, two, three and sometimes six months to get paid for a fight – it’s scandalous,” said Hearn. “These guys put their lives on the line on fight night and make huge sacrifices preparing their bodies in the gym and on the road and that commitment is being ignored.
“The fighters too must take responsibility though and if they approach the Board with concerns over payments then the Board will act. I fear that in this tough economic environment, fighters who fail to speak up run the risk of losing their entire purse. Promoters that fail to pay their fighters on time are tarnishing the game and this will deter future talents from entering this great sport.
“I recommended that we try and encourage boxers to inform the board if payment has not been received in its entirety within seven days of the contest. Promoters who fail to do so should have their license suspended immediately. I have had a positive response from Robert Smith (general secretary of the BBBoC) who has already confirmed that he has recently received complaints from fighters regarding this matter and he will raise my points at the next board meeting.”