Fight Academy’s May 21 show at Sheffield Arena will now be topped by English Lightweight champion Myron Mills, 14-1 (6), from Derby defending against Portsmouth challenger, Lucas Ballingall, 13-1 (3),with the original bill-topper now being lined up for later this year.
Unbeaten local big-hitter Anthony Tomlinson, 12-0 (7), was due to showcase the card against Wigan’s James Moorcroft, 13-1 (5), but – with that match scuppered – ‘The Truth’ Tomlinson will now appear in an eight-rounder on the night instead. All the action will be broadcast live and exclusive by new boxing channel Fightzone.
“It’s Anthony’s first fight with us and we said it would be for a title,” explained promoter Dennis Hobson. “We’ve been lobbying a couple of sanctioning bodies for some time but because James is coming off a loss they wouldn’t pass him. The bodies have dragged their feet a bit and we’ve just found out that it won’t be a title fight. So, the plan is to get James in a fight – and hopefully a win – on one of our later shows, and then match the pair of them in August. The fight is worthy of a title and I don’t want to do it without one.
“To be honest, every cloud has a silver lining and Mills against Ballingall is a brilliant fight anyway. We’ve made sure with all our cards that if there is a dropout then we have another fight on that’s worthy of topping the bill, and this does just that. With Anthony being an undefeated, exciting Sheffield fighter we opted for him to top the card originally but this English Title fight could very easily have been it. It’s a smashing fight, a really even match, and the card is still a really good one to kick off our upcoming run of shows.”
Sheffield’s Kane Salvin will be defending the Central Area Super Featherweight crown against Manchester’s Michael Gomez Jr, with the contest also doubling as an eliminator for the English belt.
Also appearing will be Norwich light-heavyweight Iain Martell, super-lightweight Tommy Collins and Katie Healy from Birmingham, Bradford’s Nathan Cawood, Rob Magill from York, and Portsmouth’s Elley Booth.
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