By Elliot Foster
Ted Cheeseman and Asinia Byfield will meet sooner rather than later.
The super-welterweight duo were ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control to vie for the vacant British title.
And it was revealed on Monday that the fight has been agreed.
Eddie Hearn, the head honcho of Matchroom Boxing, took to social media to confirm that contracts were in order for the fight to take place later this year.
“Another great UK fight made for the new season,” he wrote on Twitter. “[Ted Cheeseman] vs. [Asinia Byfield] for the British super-welterweight title is a done deal.
“Date coming very soon.”
Details regarding the date and venue for the hotly-anticipated fight for the belt Liam Williams was recently relieved of will be disclosed in due course.
Chris Eubank Jr. has been confirmed as the reserve fighter for the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final.
The former IBO super-middleweight champion was beaten in the first semi-final of the tournament by WBA Super world champion George Groves back in February.
Eubank Jr. will be waiting in the wings in case there is an injury suffered by Groves or WBC Diamond champion Smith when the pair clash in early September.
For his part in the tournament, ‘Mundo’ beat Erik Skoglund last September in his home city of Liverpool before travelling to Germany in February to outpoint Nieky Holzken to rubber-stamp his position in the Ali Trophy showpiece allngside ‘The Saint’.
The chief boxing officer of the World Boxing Super Series and its organisers Comosa AG, Kalle Sauerland, revealed recently that the fight between Groves and Smith –– which could include the vacant Ring Magazine championship at 168lbs –– could well take place overseas.
One thing we do know for definite, though, is that any fight between the pair would have Eubank Jr. on the card now that he has been confirmed as having a contract with the Super Series and been named as the reserve fighter.
“We put the final date back a little bit to try our very best to get the original final,” Sauerland told iFL TV recently. “But ultimately if there’s an injury in training now, it will be ‘X’ against Eubank.
“Sorry, but that’s the way it is. But if you look at either side it would still be a cracker.
“You would still like to watch Groves-Smith as a priority, so we bent over backwards to do this. That fight will take place in September.”
On rumours that the fight could take place outside of the UK, Sauerland told Boxing Scene that it was “very likely” and said that a site agreement was being worked on with fans being alerted to the date –– September 1 or September 8 have been mentioned –– and venue prior to the WBSS cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev, for the WBA Super, IBF, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine belts, on July 21 at the at Olimpiysky Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
He added: ”The venue is potentially outside the UK. I’ve heard a lot of rumours, Las Vegas, I’ve heard the Middle East. I’ve even heard Australia the other day.
“It’s against the odds at the moment [that the fight will be in the UK].
“We moved the final so that everyone gets the final they want to see. We’re trying to make it into a mega event.”