Greg O’Neil set for Northern Area super-middleweight title shot

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Greg O’Neil looks set to fight Andrew Buchanan for the vacant Northern Area super-middleweight title.

The Hartlepool and Horden boxer will take on the Newcastle fighter at Gateshead Academy for Sport on Friday, August 21, subject to the contest being approved by the British Boxing Board of Control.

O’Neil has not fought since March 2014, when he lost to British golden boy Anthony Ogogo in Glasgow over six rounds, his second successive defeat in a five-bout record.

But the 20-year-old has been in the Gus Robinson Developments gym for several weeks and there is still a month to go before the Steve Wraith-promoted event.

Buchanan, 35, has fought 11 times, winning eight and drawing two, and losing just once.

To add further spice to the contest, if any was needed, Buchanan is a former Gus Robinson Developments boxer.

Coach Peter Cope said: “The matchmaker rang us up and asked if we wanted the fight over four rounds.

“I said that was no good for us and they came back to say ‘would you fight for the Northern Area title?’.

“It needs to go to the Northern Area Council for approval first, but it looks promising.”