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Vacant Southern Area super-welterweight championship at the York Hall

There’s a classic boxer-v-puncher match up for the vacant Southern Area super-welterweight championship at the York Hall later this month.

Arthur Hermann brings knock-out power to the ring at the East End venue on Saturday, April 16 – and Asinia Byfield will be relying on his skills to win the 10-round fight.

Byfield is known as ‘D’Ghost’ for his elusive boxing – and the unbeaten Reading slickster knows he can’t afford to get whacked flush on the chin by Hermann.

He has knocked out 13 of his 18 opponents and his team have described him as having “Golovkinesque power.”
The show also features Kentish Town middleweight Alan Higgins boxing dangerous veteran Simone Lucas for the British Challenge Belt over 10 rounds and Elliott Matthews looks to extend his unbeaten record to 18 fights.
Matthews, ruled out of a challenge for the British-title challenge last year by a cut, is hoping to fight for major middleweight honours this year.

Slough welterweight Tommy Tear returns from his creditable loss to Tamuka Mucha for the Southern Area title, while Myley Cash, Junior Saeed, Joshua Ejakpovi and Ramesh Ahmadi all look to stay unbeaten.

Ahmadi has won all five fights (two inside-the-distance) and manager Greg Steene says it’s hard to get him matched.

Jason ‘2 Smooth’ Booth, the veteran former British champion and world-title challenger, pulled out last week and Steene admits: “I’m struggling to find anyone in Britain who will fight Ramesh.

“He’s a quality fighter and I can’t find anyone from flyweight up to super bantamweight who wants to fight him.”
Davis Pagan and Geoff Dixon make their professional debuts on the show, co-promoted by Mickey Helliet and Warrior Promotions, and Justin Johnson and Richard Horton are also set to be matched.

Horton is looking to set up a rematch with ex-British super-middleweight champion Tony Dodson.
In January, Horton narrowly lost a quality six-round fight on the undercard of David Haye’s last fight.