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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

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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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Lee Haskins wins British Bantamweight title

Lee Haskins celebrates his victory over Martin Ward Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.

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Haskins fights for bantamweight title in Bristol

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.

Mayor admits Bristol needs better sporting facilities

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:

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