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Haskins ring return marred by Euro title fight problems

Lee Haskins
Haskins has won 20 of his 22 fights

Lee Haskins is set to return to the ring, after more than a year out, but has seen his hopes of a tilt at the European flyweight title foiled again.

The 27-year-old has had a string of fights cancelled since he beat Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Don Broadhurst in December 2009.

And a proposed meeting with Frenchman Karim Guerfi has fallen through after the teams failed to agree terms.

Haskins will face Fikret Remziev over six rounds in Chippenham on Saturday.

It is a long-awaited return to the ring for the British and Commonwealth champion, but the outing against the Bulgarian had been seen as a stepping stone to the Guerfi challenge and greater glories in Europe and beyond.

"All these belts are nice to have, but it's the world title belts that are the ones that every boxer wants," Haskins told BBC Radio Bristol.

However, after a remarkable four proposed European title bouts against Andrea Sarritzu were cancelled because of illness or injury the Bristolian has decided on an alternative route to reach the top.

"It's been very frustrating," promoter Chris Sanigar told BBC Radio Bristol. "I've suggested going a different route with a couple of little wins, let's get the British title fight again and then, if he felt like it, he will go to bantamweight and challenge Jamie McDonnell.

"I'd only want Lee to challenge for the European title if it was another British guy."

Since Haskins last fought, the 26-year-old Remziev has been in the ring nine times, winning three bouts, to take his overall record to five wins from 20 outings with three knockouts.

In comparison, Haskins has 20 wins from his 22 fights, with 10 knockouts, and is confident of adding another victory to his tally.

"I've been waiting a long time and I've got on with it pretty fine," added Haskins.

"I've got my head down and just carried on training, ticking over and I haven't been out of the gym once for eight months.

"I would have liked to have kept it going and I would have liked to have had another three fights by now, but that's the way things go sometimes.

"But I'm feeling in the best shape ever. I've been doing a lot of sparring and training and I'm boxing better than I've ever boxed before.

"I'm in great shape and I shouldn't be worried or nervous. When you're as good as me you don't really have nerves."

The undercard to his return to the ring features a host of West country boxers, including Nick Blackwell who will take on Latvian Sergejs Savronovics before defending his English middleweight title against Derbyshire's Matt Hainy in May.

Swindon duo Andrew McCaffrey and Kelvin Young, Melksham's Liam Richards, Dan Carr from Trowbridge and Bristol's Dan Stewart are also in action.



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