Bristol's top boxer will finally fight for a world title after he was nominated to box for the IBF Interim World bantamweight title.
Lee Haskins has been ordered to meet Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa after reigning IBF champion Randy Caballero is unable to defend his title due to injury.
The match between the two highest ranked fighters in the IBF bantamweight ratings is expected to be staged in June or July this year.
Haskins recently won the European title for the second time in his career and, at 33 years of age, is desperate for a shot at a version of the world title.
He would prefer to meet Iwasa in the UK, but has expressed a willingness to travel to Japan if needs be.
Lee Haskins has praised opponent Jason Booth for giving him a tough fight.
The Bristolian retained his British Bantamweight title after a unanimous points decision, in front of more than a thousand fans at the City Academy.
Bristol's Lee Haskins has retained his British Bantamweight title.
Haskins beat opponent Jason Booth with a unanimous points decision after 12 rounds at the City Academy.
Bristol's Lee Haskins had a one pound advantage over his challenger Jason Booth when the two men weighed in for tonight's British Bantamweight title fight at the City Academy in Bristol. Haskins, who won the title at the same venue in April, scaled 8 stone 6 lbs with Booth at 8st 5.
Bristol's British bantamweight boxing champion Lee Haskin's European title defence against Belgium's Stephane Jamoye last December has been voted European Fight of the Year by the sport's governing body in Europe.
A special award will be presented at the next EBU General meeting in Vienna on June 1st.
That title fight in full - Lee Haskins stopped Newcastle's Martin Ward in the fifth round at the City Academy.
Lee Haskins and his manager Chris Sanigar spoke at ring side immediately after his fifth round victory over Newcastle's Martin Ward at the City Academy which saw him take the British Bantamweight title
Bristol's Lee Haskins stopped Newcastle's Martin Ward in the fifth round to win the British Bantamweight title at the City Academy.
It was the first British title fight in the city for 15 years and Haskins did not disappoint his fans who created a terrific atmosphere.
Now Haskins says he wants a rematch with Stephane Jamoye who took his European title in Belgium last December.
The whole fight will be available to view on this website later on Sunday.
Bristol boxing champion, Lee Haskins, will fight for the British bantamweight title in front of a home crowd next week.
In the first major boxing event in Bristol for fifteen years, Haskins will take on Martin Ward from Newcastle for the vacant belt.
The big bout is being staged in a school sports hall at City Academy, something which has intensified requests for a purpose-built arena in the the city to hold top-class sporting events.
The Mayor, George Ferguson, says it is down to him to deliver one.
Lee Haskins' British bantamweight fight with Martin Ward on Saturday week will be the first major boxing event in Bristol for 15 years.
It's being held at a school sports hall, leading to fresh calls for a purpose-built arena in the city to host top class sporting events.
Bristol's Mayor, George Ferguson, admits the city needs better sporting facilities: