Tyan Booth steps in to face Nav Mansouri on Friday

Rotherham's Nav Mansouri (11-1-1) will still challenge for the vacant English light middleweight belt on Friday as Nottingham's Tyan Booth (11-8-2) has stepped in at late notice after Aylesbury's Natham Graham (14-5-1) pulled out injured.

Promoter Dave Coldwell is confident that the bout, taking place at Sheffield's Ponds Forge Arena, will deliver. He said:

"It's unfortunate that this has had to happen because everyone was really looking forward to this rematch but boxing is like that sometimes," revealed Coldwell.

"I've been on the phone non-stop to various people since this happened as I didn't want to pull Nav off the bill because he's prepared really hard for this.

"This is still a great opportunity against a new opponent with nothing to lose so he'll still have his work cut out. Booth has been handed an unlikely opportunity and he'll be looking to grab it with both hands."

The show also features the return of Driffild troll hunter Curtis Woodhouse (17-5) at lightweight, and appearances from Rothermam's Chad Gaynor (11-1), heavyweight David Howe (19-1) and middleweights Liam Cameron (13-2) and Rod Smith (2-0) from Sheffield. 

The whole show will be streamed on the Coldwell Boxing Television app, available for the iPad and Android. Tickets are available from www.coldwellboxing.com


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Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko is preparing to face Australian Alex Leapai on 26th April and as usual he has chosen the familiar surroundings of the Austrian Alps. Just hours after winning his professional debut at the Copper Box in London, 24-year old Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay was on a plane to join up with him in what the Ukrainian calls 'Champ Camp'.

Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.