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Bristol's Lee Haskins crowned World Champion by default

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has been crowned World Champion because his oponent didn't make the weight. Credit: PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins is the new IBF Bantamweight Champion after his opponent Randy Caballero failed to make the weight at last night's weigh-in.

Caballero, the defending champion, was making a comeback after a year off through injury but he scaled five and a half pounds over the championship limit. The fight was called off and he was stripped of the belt.

Haskins says he's disappointed to miss out on a fight he's trained so hard for.

Bristol's Lee Haskins becomes World Champion

Lee Haskins celebrates beating Ryosuke Iwasa to win the Interim IBF World Bantamweight Title Credit: Paul Harding/PA

Bristol's Lee Haskins has beaten Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa and become the new IBF Interim bantamweight champion of the world.

The sell-out home crowd got behind Haskins as he beat the Japanese champion after just six rounds at the Action Indoor Sports Arena in Whitchurch.

Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa will go home disappointed after suffering only his second professional defeat. But Haskins - who has won every other major title - was confident he could add the IBF belt to his collection.


Bristol's top boxer to fight for world title

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins has finally been nominated to box for the IBF Interim World bantamweight title Credit: Nick Potts/PA

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.

The IBF cannot have a situation where they have to wait indefinitely for Caballero to get fit again. In this situation, they take the highest ranked boxers and get them to contest what they call the 'Interim' title.

Our man Lee Haskins and Iwasa are the highest ranked bantamweights and they have been ordered to contest the title. The winner of that fight will either defend against Caballero, or if he decides to go another route, they will keep the title and become the outright champion.

– Jamie Sanigar, promoter


Bristol's Lee Haskins fight voted European Fight of the Year

Lee Haskins fight against Stephane Jamoye has been voted European Fight of the Year Credit: PA

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.

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