Boxing: Lee Noble targets Nav Mansoori bout

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Barnsley boxer Lee Noble is targetting a South Yorkshire showdown with Rotherham’s Nav Mansoori after notching up his fourth straight win at the weekend.

Light middleweight Noble was on the undercard of Kid Galahad’s triumphant Commonwealth title win at Ponds Forge, and beat late addition Dan Blackwell from Trowbridge.

Lee Noble on his way to defeating Dan Blackwell

Lee Noble on his way to defeating Dan Blackwell

It took six rounds, though Noble was in complete control from the start, with Blackwell struggling to deal with the 27 year old’s speed and accuracy, eventually going down 59-55.

Now Noble is looking hoping for a crack at Mansoori, who is scheduled to fight Liam Smith in the summer for the British light middleweight title, on the undercard of the Dereck Chisora/Tyson Fury clash in Manchester.

He said: “I was speaking to my manager and he’s said to sit tight because there’s the possibility of fighting Nav Mansoori - he’s fighting Liam Smith. There’s a few different options.

“I wanted to fight Sheedy, Sam Sheedy, he’s there for the taking. He’s undefeated, a local lad.

“There are a few kids round here I, want to box them. I want to box the best kids because I do believe I have the talent and the ability to beat them.”

Noble was happy to go the whole six rounds with Blackwell and while at times it looked as though the Trowbridge man may fall, the Barnsley carpet fitter wasn’t worried about securing a knockout finish.

He said: “The shots I’ve hit him with, I’ve dropped people with lesser shots in sparring and in other fights.”

Noble added: “He was very reslient. After the second round his nose had gone and I could see his head was sinking and I thought he was there for the taking. But there’s no point in trying (to knock someone out). I’d rather have the experience and the rounds under my belt.”

Also on the card at Ponds Forge, man mountain Dave Howe from Sheffield bounced back from defeat to Imantas Davidaitis in December to see off lumbering Ladislav Kovarik, stopping the Czech native in the third round.

Fellow heavyweight Kash Ali kept up his unbeaten record with a third round victory over Luke Martin - making it seven wins in seven pro fights.

Ali’s lightweight Rotherham stablemate Atif Shafiq also remains unbeaten after a tight encounter with Andrejs Podusovs, the Scotland-based Lithuanian. Shafiq got the nod, 39-38.