Sheffield boxing derby on the cards

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Promoters are planning a super-charged Sheffield boxing derby at Hillsborough Leisure centre on December 13.

Crosspool middleweight Jez Wilson is in negotiations to defend his Central Arena title against Dronfield’s IBO Youth middleweight champion Lewis Taylor.

There has been a clamour for some of the region’s talented middleweights to meet each other in the ring for months.

Now match-maker Chris Smedley believes he is close to bringing the fans what they want.

“A match between two local fighters like this is what it’s all about - it will be brilliant” he said.

“We have a bit of paperwork to complete but then we should be ready. Hopefully this will be a contest for Jez’s central area belt and a Commonwealth title eliminator. Lewis has stated he is not afraid to fight anybody and that’s why he has called out Adam Etches recently and why is looking at a fight with Jez.”

Wilson won the title back in June 2012, when he beat Manor Park’s Liam Cameron at Don Valley.

Since then he has not found a challenger to defended the belt against, but did suffered a broken jaw against John Ryder in Bethnal Green.

Smedley said: “Our plan is to also have Liam on this bill, maybe in a Commonwealth title fight of his own. If the current champion Isaac Epko vacates, then we’d try and get Kelvin Young up here, from Swindon.”

Promoter Dennis Hobson has helped secure Ross Burkinshaw a Commonwealth belt and is keen to do the same for Cameron.

The show, which could be broadcast on BoxNation, is likely to feature city prospect Waleed Din.

Meanwhile, Smedley says he was delighted with the progress of injured boxer Jerome Wilson, still in hospital after suffering head injuries. “He has to have an operation, but he is really looking forward to getting home as quickly as possible.”