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Luke Wilton's victory brings British title tilt a step closer

By David Kelly

Luke Wilton will find out when and where his British title final eliminator with Iain Butcher takes place on Wednesday and the east Belfast man is relishing the fight, which is likely to take place early in 2014.

On Saturday night at Belfast's Holiday Inn, Wilton boxed to a comfortable 60-54 points victory over Bulgarian Valentin Marinov and now he says it is a case of "bring it on" with regard to Scottish flyweight Butcher.

"I have seen Butcher a couple of times, he actually boxed in St Kevin's Hall in Belfast and I got a good look at him there and also on a show in Scotland.

"He's a good fighter but he doesn't beat me," said Wilton, who lost on points to reigning British and Commonwealth champion Kevin Satchell in February.

"The purse bids for the fight will be opened on Wednesday so then we'll see when and where the fight is. I would expect it to be around February.

"My dad has put in a bid to bring it to Belfast but if Tommy Gilmour wins the bids and I have to go to Scotland that's alright.

"I'm feeling very confident at the moment. I thought I boxed well on Saturday night, used a bit more skill than I normally do. That's something we have been working on in the gym.

"So now it's all about Butcher and I know that if I win that then I have to be given another crack at the British title so 2014 is looking very exciting."

Brother Matthew made it eight straight victories when, despite a cut on his eyelid, he outpointed Matthew Seawright 39-37 at light-welterweight over four rounds.

Fellow Belfast man Mark Morris made a successful debut at lightweight, defeating Andy Harris 40-36.

Fredo Meli made it three out of three when he easily defeated Kieron Gray 40-36, while Newcastle featherweight Paul Quinn stopped Sajid Khan in just 86 seconds after a sharp left hook.

Meanwhile, Carl Frampton's World title options have improved as he has been moved up to number two by the WBC and the IBF on the back of his victory over Frenchman Jeremy Parodi.

European super-bantamweight champion Frampton should be given the mandatory challenger position in the IBF in January as number one Jeffrey Mathebula takes on World champion Kiko Martinez on December 21. The winner should then have to fight Frampton at some stage in 2014.

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