Buckland to challenge British champion Cardle

Buckland to challenge British champion Cardle

Earlier today, it was announced that Cardiff’s Gary ‘Dynamo’ Buckland (30-6, 10KO) will challenge Lytham St Anne’s Scott Cardle (18-0, 5KO) for the British title.

The lightweights will meet at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday 19 September on Matchroom Sport’s ‘The World Awaits’ show, live on Sky Sports.

It will be the first time that Cardle has defended the historic Lord Lonsdale belt since overcoming Blackwood’s Craig Evans (14-1, 3KO) in a tasty encounter of two unbeaten contenders.

The undefeated 25-year-old, who trains at Gallaghers Gym in Bolton, beat Evans courtesy of a competitive Unanimous Decision in May on the same night that Barry’s Lee Selby captured the IBF world featherweight title in London.

After an eventful 2014 that included two Fight of the Year candidates against Gavin Rees, a game but unsuccessful Commonwealth title challenge against knockout artist Richard Commey and a controversial Prizefighter tournament semi-final defeat to novice prospect Jono Carroll, 29-year-old Buckland bounced back in June with a three round stoppage of Georgian journeyman George Gachechiladze.

The 29-year-old Welshman, who trains with Tony Borg at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, had been planning to return to super-featherweight where he previoudly reigned as British champion for two years. However, the opportunity to win a second British title was too much for Buckland to turn down and it will be the third time he’s faced a Joe Gallagher trained competitor – suffering his only stoppages against John Murray and Stephen Smith in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Gary Sykes, the two time British super-featherweight champion who has lost twice to Buckland, was in the running to face Cardle but its understood that the Yorkshireman felt that he didn’t have enough to time to prepare for the 12 round contest.

In related news, this week it was confirmed that the aforementioned Craig Evans will aim to rebuild against Liverpool’s Tom Stalker (10-1-1, 2KO), who captained Team GB’s boxing squad at the 2012 Olympics. The pair will contest the lightly regarded WBO European lightweight title, which usually guarantees the holder a top 15 world ranking, on Frank Warren’s stacked show at the Manchester Arena on 10 October.

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