Stephen Simmons delighted to be given British title shot

Edinburgh cruiserweight Stephen Simmons. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Edinburgh cruiserweight Stephen Simmons. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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Edinburgh’s Stephen Simmons will fight undefeated Welshman Craig Kennedy for the British cruiserweight title in Cardiff next month.

The 32-year-old has been given the opportunity after Matty Askin was forced to withdraw due to a hand injury. Simmons will now take his place at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday, March 11 in a fight that will be broadcast live by Channel 5.

Simmons, a former Celtic and WBC International Silver champion, controversially lost out on a split decision to German Noel Gevor in a WBC International title bout in October, but is determined to win the Lonsdale Belt in just over a fortnight’s time.

“I’m delighted to get this opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming this British title shot. I’m expecting a hostile atmosphere but that won’t faze me and I’ll make sure the title comes back to Scotland with me.”