Search

Barker sets sights on world challenge

11:13 30 June 2011

Darren Barker

Darren Barker

Archant

Darren Barker’s first defence of his European Middleweight title planned for the Brentwood Centre on July 23 has been called off, as he prepares for a world title challenge against Sergio Martinez in the USA later this year.

Promoters Matchroom have announced that the show will be replaced by Gavin Rees’ defence of his European lightweight title against Derry Mathews at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on July 23 – which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn said: “Barker will now concentrate his efforts in the gym as he prepares for a World title challenge against Sergio Martinez later this year.

“We sat down and looked at timings and whilst ideally I would like Darren to have one more fight before Martinez, we also know it’s the biggest fight and opportunity of his life so the camp has to be perfect,” said Hearn.

“We also felt that an ‘easy’ warm up fight wouldn’t be giving value to the fans – but I know they will be following him in big numbers across the Atlantic in this blockbuster fight.”

Latest Sport Stories

Leyton Orient forward Jay Simpson celebrates after scoring (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Orient head coach praises goalscorer and discusses Mathieu Baudry’s injury

Connor Essam
West Ham United's Mark Noble scores the second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

The Hammers win at Anfield for the first time in 52 years with a brilliant performance

Liverpool
Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Ian Hendon expected to name unchanged starting team again

Blair Turgott

Most read sport

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder