Blackpool duo boxing clever

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TWO Blackpool boxers with serious designs on rising up the British cruiserweight standings, will be at the centre of attention over the next couple of months.

Matty Askin is due to step into the ring at the end of March to protect his unbeaten record, while much more immediately Richard Turba is due in action tonight.

Turba and Askin have sparred together in the gym in Blackpool, but so far there has been no move to get the pair matched in the ring proper. so they will plough their separate furrows on their way up the rankings.

Turba, who was born in Slovakia but is now based in this country, is on the under-card of Sky-televised bill at the Brentwood Centre, where the main attraction sees Jamie Arthur meet in an intriguing match-up.

It is a super-bantamweight bout, with Booth’s British and Arthur’s Commonwealth title up for grabs.

Sam Betts, Turba’s manager, says it has been hard to match Turba because rivals are not keen to take him on.

However, Leon Williams is up the challenge and squares up to him tonight on the Frank Maloney promotion.

Williams has won six of his eight contests to date, the other two being losses.

One of them was a defeat at the hands of Jon-Lewis Dickinson.

That gives a promising form-line in Turba’s favour, as Turba beat Dickinson, busting his jaw in the process.

Askin will box at Robin Park Sports Centre in Wigan on March 26, against an opponent yet to be named.

There was talk that Askin, the former ABA champion, would be fighting for some kind of title, but that does not look likely now.

Askin will box on the under-card of a bill topped by Denton Vassell, who will make the first defence of his Commonwealth welterweight title

Vassell, who works for a high street bank by day, will be in 12 round action at Robin Park against an opponent who will be named shortly.

Trainer Bob Shannon said: “Denton is always wanting to learn and getting better all the time.”

Although Shannon oversees all of Vassell’s training session, Ricky Hatton is often on hand offering advice.

Vassell, 26, said: “It is an awesome experience to have Ricky helping and giving me so much support.

“I will pay Ricky and Bobby for all their help by defending this title and going on to bigger and better things.

It gives me so much confidence and the tip Ricky gives is really good. I think he has a career as a trainer. It spurs me on.”

Vassell has won all 16 professional contests and became Commonwealth champion when he outpointed Lee Purdy last April.

He last boxed in December, stopping Brazilian Jack Welson inside three rounds on Hatton Promotions’ Christmas dinner show.