Another step to belt for Askin

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BLACKPOOL cruiserweight Matty Askin will box at Oldham Leisure Centre on April 21 when he bids to progress one step closer to a Lonsdale Belt.

Askin will face Birtley’s Jon-Lewis Dickinson in an eliminator for the British title.

Promoter Ricky Hatton said: “I see Matt training at my gym and he is a real talent who will become British champion later this year.

“Provided he beats Dickinson I hope the British Boxing Board of Control make him mandatory contender to face the winner of the title fight between Shane McPhilbin and Enzo Maccarinelli.”

Also at Oldham, British lightweight champion Crolla makes the second defence of his title against Derry Mathews in a mouth-watering North West clash.

Crolla, 25, became a Lonsdale belt holder when he stopped John Watson 12 months ago, and in his solitary defence outscored Willie Limond.

Hatton said: “Anthony is arguably the most improved fighter in Britain and moving towards world class rapidly.

“He is growing into the weight, maturing and the performance against Limond was one of the most dominant by a British champion last year.

“He won’t have it easy against Derry who always comes to fight and most probably knows this could be his final big chance.”

More fights will be added in the coming week.

Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets have gone on sale.

They are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. Ring 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online www.hatton boxing.com