Sheffield boxing: Junior Witter in hunt for Euro title

Junior Witter in his pomp

Junior Witter in his pomp

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Sheffield’s former WBC world boxing champion, Junior Witter will be back in the spotlight on Friday, when he competes for the EU welterweight title.

The Ingle veteran, now aged 41, takes on 25-year-old Ahmed El Mousaoui, from France, in the south of his opponent’s home country.

El Mousaoui is the defending champion. He won the title in December.

For Witter, the fight is the latest event in a journey which saw him rule the world with a win over DeMarcus Corley in 2006 and defend the crown twice before conceding it to Timothy Bradley.

Witter, who has worn the EU belt with pride earlier in his career, still looks in phenomenal shape and will be confident of bringing the belt home.

This will be his first title fight since lhe lost his British Championship to Frankie Gavin in Bethnal Green in 2012.

Sheffield’s Kell Brook has confirmed he will defend his world welterweight title against Gavin at London’s O2 Arena on May 30.

Brook said: “I never expected to be out again so quickly but I can’t wait. I respect Frankie for stepping up, he has called for this fight for a long time and after he was given a final eliminator against Tim Bradley it made sense for him to take the challenge. I feel like I’m unbeatable right now and Gavin isn’t going to be able to cope with my speed and power on fight night. The O2 is one of the best arenas in the world and it’s an honour to headline a card like this.”

Gavin said: “These are the fights you want to be part of and are where I belong. I’ve dreamt of a world title and I will be 100 per cent ready physically and mentally for Kell Brook. Of course it’s going to be tough but I believe Kell is beatable and I’ve always felt that I have got the skills and the team to cause an upset.”

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