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Steeds expected to cruise to victory in Portsmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:03 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

MICKEY Steeds knows he cannot afford a slip-up when he faces journeyman Radcliffe Green at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth on Friday night. The Isle of Dogs cruiserweight has been lined up to fight for the British title next month – as long as he emerg

MICKEY Steeds knows he cannot afford a slip-up when he faces journeyman Radcliffe Green at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth on Friday night.

The Isle of Dogs cruiserweight has been lined up to fight for the British title next month - as long as he emerges unscathed from this week's clash against Green.

Steeds, who challenged for the British heavyweight title earlier in his career, is due to fight for the cruiserweight crown in July following a successful step down to the lighter division.

The East End fighter will face Midlands rival Robert Norton for the British belt in his latest title bid - providing he handles Jamaican rival Green without much fuss.

The 34-year-old Green won his last fight against Ali Adams at York Hall in December, but has a career record of five wins and 20 defeats as a professional.

Steeds, who has signed a contract with promoter Frank Maloney since dropping down to cruiserweight, looks certain to extend that losing run by overcoming his south London-based rival before moving on to take his title chance.

Steeds has shed 30 pounds since a loss to Scott Gammer ended his heavyweight ambitions in 2006 and looked confident at the new weight in landing a clear points win over durable Paul Bonson in April.

Top of the bill at the Mountbatten Centre is Tony Oakey, who leaves his East London gym to head home to the South Coast, where he will defend his British light heavyweight title against Commonwealth champion Dean Francis in the main event on Friday night.

Oakey's last championship performance in Portsmouth ended with him losing his WBU title to the unfashionable Matthew Barney in 2003 and that was followed by Oakey being sidelined for a year.

"I know I went off the rails and nearly messed up my career but I got it back together again and it's great to be the champion," said Oakey who admits his move to the TKO gym to train under Johnny Eames played a key part in resurrecting his career.

Tickets are available from www.frankmaloney.com or by calling the box office on 0871 226 1508.


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