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Luke Wilton's delight after he lands Euro title shot

By David Kelly

Luke Wilton will take on Scouser Kevin Satchell for the European flyweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on March 6.

Satchell unanimously outpointed Wilton at the same venue in February 2013 when they fought for the British and Commonwealth titles - and the east Belfast man has been chasing a re-match ever since.

While Satchell deserved the verdict over Wilton, the fight was very competitive and many believed it was a lot closer than the judges had it.

In the intervening period, Satchell has been in Belfast sparring Wilton who has won three out of his four bouts - the solitary defeat coming when he took a fight with British bantamweight champion Lee Haskins at 24 hours notice simply because the pay-day was too good to resist.

Unbeaten Satchell has notched up three victories as well as landing the European belt in his last fight, when outpointing Belarussian Valery Yanchy in October.

Satchell, who will also be putting his Commonwealth title on the line against Wilton, said: "It was a dream to be crowned European Champion in my last fight and add the prized belt alongside my British and Commonwealth titles to become a triple champion.

"It's fantastic to return straight back and defend the title. I'm within touching distance of a world title shot and Wilton is in the way of that so I'll make sure I defeat him a second time."

For Wilton it is a golden opportunity to transform his career and put behind him a frustrating 2014.

The multi-title fight show, to be screened on BoxNation, is headed by former IBF World bantamweight champion Paul Butler - a fighter who has been linked with Belfast's Jamie Conlan for a possible showdown.

Butler targets a history making second world title in a lighter division, aiming to become the first British boxer in over 100 years to achieve the feat when he takes on Zolani Tete for the IBF super-flyweight crown.

Butler said: "It's going to be a magical night at the Echo Arena with my fans backing me all the way to a second world title. It's by no means going to be an easy night against Tete, but fighting for the world title in front of my fans at home means the world to me and that will give me the extra determination to win it."

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