South Yorkshire boxing set for derby title treat as Doncaster fighter takes on Sheffield rival

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Fox v Tomlinson
Unbeaten welterweights Kyle Fox (Doncaster; 6-0) and Anthony Tomlinson (Shefield; 7-0) will meet on September 28 at the Magna Centre in Rotherham with the vacant Central Area welterweight title on the line.

The Stefy Bull event also features a Central Area super-middleweight contest between Sheffield’s Christian Kinsiona (6-1-1) and English title contender Harry Matthews (15-29-2.)

Fox is a former Yorkshire amateur champion who experienced over 40 fights in the unpaid code even representing his county in tournaments abroad in Europe.

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Trained by Michael White at the Fighting Fit Gym in Dinnington, the 24-year-old called for a shot at the Central Area title next and got exactly whathe wished for.

Tomlinson, 26 is unbeaten in seven with two wins coming by knockout.

The pair have no shared opponents due to fighting in different weight categories throughout their respective careers – Tomlinson has fought between super-lightweight and welterweight for the majority of his 16-month career, even nearing the lightweight limit when he defeated Lithuanian Simas Volosinas (7-63) on points in his third fight, whereas Fox has competed at super-welterweight, even fighting a super-middleweight on his debut.

Both weighed in at 151½lbs in their last fights – a career lightest for Fox, a career heaviest for Tomlinson.

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Kyle Fox

Fox is a very well-disciplined, technical boxer who claims to get better as the rounds progress. Tomlinson punches low from his hips, similar, it is said, to Carl Froch’s style, with power in both hands.

Fox said: “I'm really excited about being involved with this fight so early on in my career, I’ve always said I’m in this game to test myselfand see what I’m capable of and harder fights interest me more than the easy route so facing another undefeated prospect only excites me.”

"Tomlinson is a good fighter, I think he has potential but I truly believe I will be victorious.

"I’m used to fighting guys a stone or two heavier than him and pushing them around so I know I’ll have no problem taking control of this fight and having my hand raised at the end.”

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The duo of Central Area bouts topping the bill will be supported by a decent undercard.

English super-lightweight champion Sam O’Maison (15-2) gets back in the ring for a tune-up fight as the Ryan Rhodes fighter awaits the winner of Kay Prospere (12-1) and Cassius Connor (17-10-2) who meet in a final eliminator on September 22 at the York Hall.

Featherweight Razaq Najib (8-2) looks to continue his route back to title contention in his 11th fight.

Unbeaten super-lightweight Muma Mweemba (4-0), 3 from Sheffield, heads into his fifth fight off the back of a first-round knockout last June.