Bristol boxer Dean Francis beats Tibor Nagy to close in on British title tilt
Bristol boxer Dean Francis comprehensively out-pointed "Attila" Tibor Nagy at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon to move a step closer to a tilt at the British light heavyweight title.
Back in the ring after a three-and-a-half-year absence, Francis showed he is serious about regaining his former status as a domestic champion.
Weighing in at 12st 12Ibs – just outside the official light heavyweight limit – the 39-year-old won all six rounds to claim a comfortable 60-54 verdict in his second outings since announcing his comeback last year.
Eager to keep busy and impress the British Boxing Board of Control, Francis is due to box again in Bristol on Saturday, April 27.
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But his long-term goal is to possess a coveted Lonsdale Belt and regain the British light heavyweight title he won and relinquished in 2008.
Tony Bellew is the current holder, but is expected to vacate the title if he beats Isaac Chilemba in a WBC world championship eliminator in Liverpool’s Echo Arena on March 30.
If that happens, Francis’s management team of Chris and Jamie Sanigar are hoping to persuade the Board of Control to grant their man a tilt at the vacant British crown against Darlington’s English champion Bob Ajisafe.
Jamie Sanigar confirmed: “Our main objective is the British title and everything Dean is doing is geared towards that.
“Dean is quite prepared to fight Tony Bellew if he has to, but it looks as though he will relinquish the belt and move on to bigger and better things.
“Ajisafe is the mandatory challenger and we need to convince the board that Dean Francis deserves the opportunity to meet him for the vacant title.”
He added: “Dean is certainly in good shape right now and is keeping busy.
“Fighting Nagy was purely a tune-up and he systematically picked him off to win easily.
“It just goes to show how serious Dean is about this comeback. He was very impressive and we are convinced he can get back to the very top.”