Curran steps in as Townend looks to secure shot at title

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Wakefield boxer Andy Townend has had a change of opponent ahead of his next professional fight.

The Portobello big-hitter was due to face Kris Hughes at the Doncaster Dome on Friday, February 15 but the Scottish featherweight champion pulled out owing to a disagreement over the weigh-in.

Instead, the former Kettlethorpe High School student will now face Newcastle-based Dougie Curran over six rounds in South Yorkshire.

Curran’s record may not be as impressive as Hughes’s, but it will still be a big night for the unbeaten Townend, with a potential title fight pencilled in for the lightweight in April if he comes through the bout with the 24-year-old victorious.

Curran has won seven, lost 16 and drawn two of his 25 bouts so far and will offer a stern test for the former White Rose boxer.

Townend saw off Ibrar Riyaz last time out, in his first six-round contest.

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