News round-up: Selby, Evans, Jenkins, Buckland, Hughes and Williams

News round-up: Selby, Evans, Jenkins, Buckland, Hughes and Williams

Earlier today, ‘Sugar’ Lee Selby (20-1, 8KO) was in London as Matchroom Sport officially announced the full line-up for their 30 May blockbuster show. Selby will aim to become Wales’ 12th world champion and third in the featherweight division when he challenges Russia’s undefeated IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9KO).

He said: “When I beat Gradovich, I will send a message to the rest of the featherweights. I am coming for them next. “I am going to KO Gradovich. This really means the world to me. My best two nights have come here and May 30th will top it all.”

The aptly named ‘Rule Britannia’ show will be broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office. On the undercard at the O2 Arena, Blackwood’s Craig Evans (14-0, 3KO) finally gets his breakthrough chance against Lytham St Anne’s Scott Cardle (17-0, 5KO) for the vacant British lightweight title.

The Welshman said: “With [St Joseph’s Boxing Club stablemate] Lee Selby on the bill, the gym is going to be buzzing. A new world champ and new British champ.”

Cardle said: “I’ve been waiting for this British title shot for a long time. Craig is a class kid and I am looking forward to it.

“I’ve had good fights already but this feels like the start of my career. I want to be on top form on the night.”

The show also features two more world title fights as Kell Brook defends his IBF welterweight title in an all-British clash against Frankie Gavin and Kevin Mitchell faces WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares.

Sky Sports Box Office will show ‘Rule Britannia’ exclusively live this Saturday. Buy now at www.skysports.com/brookgavin

Meanwhile, Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (16-0, 8KO) has been discharged from hospital and is at home where he is on medication to recover from a virus. The light-welterweight was due to contest the vacant British title against Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse (30-2, 6KO) tomorrow night in Leeds.

However, the 26-year-old Welshman collapsed in the gym on Wednesday, in front of a British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) official, and he was taken to hospital.

Welsh and Celtic lightweight champion Mitchell Buckland (7-0, 1KO) was offered the opportunity to step in. However, it’s understood that the BBBoC pulled the plug as the 21-year-old from Cardiff hadn’t completed check weigh-ins by their Wednesday deadline.

Still appearing on Matchroom Sport’s show at the First Direct Arena, part-Welshman Danny ‘Maxi’ Hughes (13-1-2, 2KO) has weighed-in for his rematch with Martin J Ward (10-0-2, 5KO). Hughes and Ward were both under the super-featherweight limit for their WBC International title fight.

The broadcast of the ‘We Are Leeds’ show starts at 7:30pm on Sky Sports 2 (Ch No. 403). In the BBBoC’s monthly circular, the sanctioning body stated that Clydach Vale’s Liam Williams (12-0-1, 7KO) is no longer Mandatory Challenger for British light-middleweight champion Liam Smith.

Williams, who is the current Commonwealth champion, has suffered the reoccurrence of a hand injury that requires further surgery. The 22-year-old had been Mandatory Challenger since stopping a Ronnie Heffron in six rounds last July. Smith has now been ordered to defend the Lonsdale belt against Scotland’s Kris Carslaw by the end of July.

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