Welterweight Champion FRANKIE GAVIN (England) confirmed that he has vacated the Commonwealth Championship prior to his world title challenge against Kell Brook.
SAM EGGINGTON (England) will box JOSEPH LAMPTEY (Ghana) for the vacant Championship on 9th May (see FORTHCOMING CHAMPIONSHIPS)
Heavyweight Champion LUCAS BROWNE (Australia), Featherweight JOSH WARRINGTON (England), Superbantamweight KID GALAHAD (England) and Flyweight KEVIN SATCHELL (England) are all under pressure to make defences at the risk of losing their Championships by default. In the case of WARRINGTON he has a named mandatory in JOEL BRUNKER of Australia.
GENERAL NOTE : A Champion is required to defend within the time period set against any of the listed contenders in his weight division except in the case where a particular mandatory challenger has been specified, either of such defences to be considered a mandatory defence. Should a Champion wish to defend against a challenger not listed then application must be made to the Hon Secretary of the CBC by him, his manager or a promoter on their behalves. Permission will be granted subject to approval by the CBC of the challenger and such defence will be considered a voluntary defence. The winner will be obliged to make a mandatory defence within the time period specified if this has not already taken place.
On behalf of the Directors of the CBC, our best wishes to the former FRANK MALONEY, promoter of so many Commonwealth Championships and manager of Commonwealth Champions in the new life chosen. A difficult and transitional time but one that the guts and self-belief shown in finding success in such a tough and competitive business at the very highest level will stand in good stead.
Ghana’s RICHARD COMMEY becomes the new Lightweight Champion following his unanimous points win over Wales experienced GARY BUCKLAND last night at London’s famous York Hall.
This follows Nigerian ISAAC EKPO’s points win, also unanimous, over Ghanaian PETER ATO RICKETTS
at the Aborigines Beach Resort, Keta, Ghana a couple of weeks before on 28th June, for the vacant Supermiddleweight Championship. Both new Champions join Aussie LUCAS BROWNE at Heavyweight and OVILL MCKENZIE of Jamaica at Cruiserweight as the latest non-UK born Commonwealth Champions and the CBC hopes to see further challenges from the best boxers from all over the Commonwealth.
Congratulations to England’s KID GALAHAD and KHALID YAFAI at Superbantamweight and Superflyweight respectively, both of who have won Commonwealth Championships since our last Bulletin in May.
This year’s AGM will take place on THURSDAY 11TH and FRIDAY 12TH DECEMBER at the Headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London.
A quorum of Directors met on 24th and 25th April 2014 at the Headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House in London’s Pall Mall, courtesy of Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, to review progress since last October’s AGM and decide on any matters requiring Board consideration.