Title bid moves closer for Lytham boxer

Title chance beckons for Cardle (left)

Title chance beckons for Cardle (left)

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Lytham boxer Scott Cardle is poised to contest an eliminator for the British lightweight title in November.

The fight, which sees him take on former British and Commonwealth featherweight ruler John Simpson, will be the most demanding - and important - of his career to date.

Cardle and Simpson are set to meet at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on November 23 on the under-card of one of the domestic and grudge fights of the year between Carl Froch and George Groves.

Tickets for the promotion sold out within 11 minutes of going on sale, ensuring an 18,000 audience at the Manchester venue.

It means that the Lytham fighter, who has won all his 12 contests to date, will not be in action in Sheffield next month.

He had been slated to appear on the same South Yorkshire card as Blackpool’s Brian Rose, who is boxing a world title eliminator against Javier Francisco Maciel, of Argentina.

A fight at Sheffield was regarded by the Cardle camp as merely marking time, so when Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn dangled the prospect of an eliminator they jumped at the opportunity

Simpson is a seasoned campaigner, used to mixing it at elite, domestic level.

Cardle has not been in this kind of company before, but he is now ready to make his step-up towards the ultimate ambition of a shot at the Lonsdale Belt, hopefully a springboard to even bigger things.

Meantime, Cardle is putting something back into the club where he learned much of his craft.

He is to sponsor Kirkham Amateur Boxing Club, providing the members with kit.

The big-hearted venture is setting him back an estimated £1,000 or more, and there will be an individual deal to help Kirkham’s sole female member 14-year-old Billie-Jean Franks, from Poulton.

Cardle’s gesture will aid her expenses and with equipment such as head-guards.

Cardle met former world heavy champion Evander Holyfield, who was in Blackpool to promote a local charity - he spent 90 minutes in the green room with the American at a function and was delighted to receive plenty of good advice.