Wardley vs. Gorman, Williamson vs. Kelly order among BBBofC updates

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) today released the latest update on its suite of British champions. Two news in particular stand out:

  • Eddie Hearn requested and was given permission to have Fabio Wardley meet Nathan Gorman on the heavyweight title that Joe Joyce recently left.
  • Super welterweight champion Troy Williamson has been ordered to defend his title against Josh Kelly after James Metcalf resigned.

Dan Azeez Vs. Shakan Pitters, Anthony Cacace vs. Alex Dilmaghani, Lee McGregor vs. Sean McGoldrick, and Tommy Frank vs. Jay Harris had also planned bids for the wallet.

Wardley (14-0, 13 KO) vs. Gorman (19-1, 13 KO) is a really nice domestic dust-up on paper. There were high hopes for Gorman earlier in his career, to the point where many viewed his battle with Daniel Dubois as a choice, but he has settled for a trio of rather under-radar victories since falling for “Dynamite.”

This represents both a step back in the spotlight and a career-best test for Wardley, who missed a chance to fight the very talented Kingsley Ibeh last weekend.

Kelley (11-1-1, 7 KO) has a date with the decently ranked Lucas Brian Ariel Bastida in two weeks, his second game in a row at 154 after David Avanesyan chased him out of the welterweight division. One would hope that he would then meet Williamson (18-0-1, 13 KO), who comes after victories over Ted Cheeseman and Mason Cartwright, but it would not be at all surprising to see Kelly choose to take the long road back to meaningful struggles.

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