Luke set to defend title!

Clitheroe's Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge
Clitheroe's Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge

Commonwealth super middleweight champion Luke Blackledge has announced that he’ll be defending his title on October 10th at the Manchester Arena.

The 24-year-old, ranked seventh in Britain, is expected to be shown live on BoxNation on the undercard of Terry Flanagan’s WBO World lightweight title defence.

Clitheroe’s Blackledge outpointed Liam Cameron in April at Blackburn King George’s Hall to secure the fourth strap of his professional tenure and he now awaits confirmation of an opponent ahead of his 24th contest.

“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.

“I was with him recently and he had his belt with him. It was really nice; I tried putting it my bag and stealing it.

“It definitely makes me want to get one of my own. What he’s achieved is absolutely amazing.

“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 going to be the biggest moment of my career.”

Blackledge, who will be keeping tabs on Frank Buglioni’s WBA World title shot against Russian Fedor Chudinov at Wembley Arena next month, added: “I’m buzzing and I can’t wait to fight.

“This fight could really benefit me and it’s less than 10 weeks away. It’s live on BoxNation and that’s something I’ve always been aiming towards.

“If I win this then it could be me fighting for a world title. I could be one more good performance away from fighting the winner of Buglioni and Chudinov.

“I’ve come a long way. Who would’ve thought I’d get these opportunities nearly two years ago after I got beat by Rocky Fielding?”