BLACKPOOL cruiserweight Matty Askin – whose new diet includes eating regular portions of kangaroo meat – has taken a giant leap towards a British title shot.
The unbeaten boxer will challenge for the English title some time in 2012, taking on Jon Lewis Dickinson in a bout that will also serve as an eliminator for the Lonsdale Belt.
Before then, Askin will fight in the premier suite at the Reebok stadium in Bolton in early-February.
This has been brought about by a new deal that Askin is signing with Hatton Promotions, whose figurehead is former world champion Ricky.
Askin has agreed a five-fight deal that will take in the Bolton bout, the English title fight, a British title bout and two defences, if everything pans out to plan.
Askin will fight on the undercard of the Hatton Promotions show on February 4 when the bill is topped by a fight between Scott Quigg and Jamie Arthur.
His opponent on that night has yet to be determined, though the likelihood is that it will be against a boxer with a similar style to that of Dickinson.
The Askin v Dickinson bout has been put out to purse offers, with bids having to be in by January 11 and the fight taking place by the end of May.
More immediately, Leon Williams will defend the British title that Askin covets when he takes on Shane McPhilbin at York Hall, Bethnal Green on January 13.
It will be Williams’ first defence of the belt that he won by beating Rob Norton.
Williams had been due to box Tony Conquest for the title next month, but he pulled out before Christmas because of illness, McPhilbin stepping in and given his chance, even though he is less experienced than Askin
The Blackpool fighter has been getting specialist dietary advice when it was found that his metabolism was working too fast for his previous food intake.
He is now having five meals a day, including the culinary delight of six scrambled eggs (one yolk) in the morning as well as ostrich and kangaroo meat, plus venison.
The effect has been to make him even more muscular and stronger, so much so that there is talk that one day Askin could step-up to heavyweight.