Mansouri set to defend English title against Matthew Mallin after Mark Thompson withdrawal

Nav Mansouri and Dave Coldwell

Rotherham’s Nav Mansouri (12-1-1) now faces Barnsley prospect Matthew Mallin (9-1), for what should be an exciting derby clash for Mansouri’s English light-middleweight title at the Ponds Forge Arena on Friday October 4. Mansouri was due to step up against former British title contender Mark Thompson, but was left 'majorly disappointed' as the Heywood man withdrew from the clash after suffering a cut in training.

Promoter Dave Coldwell acted quickly to bring in Mallin for what should be an exciting derby clash for Mansouri’s English light-middleweight title. Although initially saddened by Thompson’s hard luck, Coldwell is now anticipating a potential classic.

“I was gutted when I found out the news because it was a fight I wanted for Nav as it really would have brought the best out in him but Mallin is a replacement who has got me excited because I know what he’s capable of. This is a great clash of styles by two Yorkshire lads who love to fight and with the local rivalry thrown in, it promises to be an explosive fight.

"Mallin is a 100mph boxer and everyone will tell you that and you add that to Nav’s style then it means fireworks. The pair have sparred briefly and I could make a few quid selling tickets to those spars so I’m warning fans now that they won’t to miss this one.”

Mansouri v Mallin for the English light-middleweight title takes place at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield on Friday October 4th and will feature Yorkshire prospects Maxi Hughes, Chad Gaynor and Joe Rodgers.  The entire card will be streamed live on the superb Coldwell TV app.

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