Boxing: Weaver to take on Ansah for WBU super-featherweight title

FIGHT NIGHT: Iain Weaver, right

FIGHT NIGHT: Iain Weaver, right

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IAIN Weaver’s meeting with Ghanaian Michael Ansah has been upgraded with the World Boxing Union super-featherweight youth title now on the line.

The bout, originally due to take place at Bournemouth International Centre on Saturday, March 15, will now go ahead at the Lighthouse in Poole on Saturday, April 19.

Bournemouth veteran Steve Bendall will top the remainder of the seven-fight bill when he takes on Germany’s Florian Wildenhof for the WBU middleweight title.

The undefeated Weaver feels the change of date of his sixth professional outing will work in his favour, given that he previously had a slight injury.

The Ferndown man believes he now has enough time to train for a title fight over 10 rounds, with the original bout only scheduled for six.

He told the Daily Echo: “Beforehand I had a little bit of an injury which didn’t give me enough time to prepare for a 10-round fight.

“I had a swollen wrist that was hurting when I punched.

“I’m in pretty good shape now and I will definitely be ready in seven weeks.

“It’s a big step up for me as it’s only my sixth pro fight and to be fighting only 10 miles away from where I live is great.

“I had three weeks’ training already done for the previous fight so together with this seven weeks coming up, it will be an effective 10-week training camp.”

Weaver has only fought in his home country in two of his pro bouts to date, both at the iconic Bethnal Green venue.

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