Blackledge to defend title against Lee Markham in Manchester

Luke Blackledge has his arm raised by the referee after beating Phill Fury (left)during the light middleweight bout at EventCity, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 12, 2011. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Luke Blackledge has his arm raised by the referee after beating Phill Fury (left)during the light middleweight bout at EventCity, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 12, 2011. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Clitheroe fighter Luke Blackledge will defend his Commonwealth super-middleweight title against Lee Markham at the Manchester Arena on October 10th.

The 25-year-old, ranked seventh in Britain, will feature on BoxNation on the undercard of two world title contests.

It’s live on BoxNation and that’s something I’ve always been aiming towards. It’s going to be the biggest moment of my career

Luke Blackledge

Andy Lee tackles Billy Joe Saunders in a WBO World middleweight bout Terry Flanagan makes the first defence of his strap in the lightweight division against American Diego Magdaleno.

Earlier in the month, Blackledge told the Clitheroe Advertiser: “I’m defending my Commonwealth title at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of Terry Flanagan’s world title defence,” said Blackledge, who knows Frank Warren’s supremo.

“It’s great and I’m looking forward to it 100 per cent. I’m fighting in Manchester, live on TV, defending my title on the under card of a world title fight.

“I’ll be one of the main events and I’ll be fighting in front of thousands of people. It’s live on BoxNation and that’s something I’ve always been aiming towards. It’s going to be the biggest moment of my career.”

Blackledge won the belt against Liam Cameron at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall in April while Markham’s last outing resulted in a split decision draw to Frank Buglioni in a scrap for the WBO European belt at Wembley Arena in May.