Promoter Dave Coldwell is anticipating an even better match-up for his English light-middleweight champion Navid Mansouri now that a replacement has been selected.
Barnsley’s Matthew ‘Buster’ Mallin, 23, has been drafted in as Mansouri’s challenger to top the Ponds Forge bill. With Lancastrian Mark Thompson cut, Buster answered the call for his first major title shot after missing out on a fight at Barnsley Metrodome a fortnight ago because of crowd rioting.
Mallin (W9-L1 2KOs) was briefly managed by Coldwell and he debuted on one of his shows three years ago. Since then Mallin’s only slip-up has come against Sheffield’s Dave Fidler last year and that was by one point. He had previously won two 10-round contests against fighters with winning slates.
Coldwell knows Rotherham’s Mansouri is in line for a tough defence. He said: “I’ve seen them spar and they really went for it then. Now that there’s a title at stake it should be a thriller. This is going to be a better fight than Thompson. It’s a local derby and Buster’s trained by Mick Wale so you can guarantee he’ll be coming to knock Nav’s block off. When Thompson pulled out Buster is the first I thought of and Carl Greaves was quick to say yes - so we’ve got a great fight on our hands.”
Rotherham welterweight Chad Gaynor, a regular sparring partner for Kell Brook, will feature on the undercard in an eight-round contest against Hungarian Krzysztof Szot.
Szot had his front teeth knocked out by Tyrone Nurse on Coldwell’s show in Manchester two weeks ago.