Chris Blaney to make step up on big BT Sport card

Chris Blaney [5(3)-0] will make a step up this month on what will be the biggest fight of his career thus far.

The Navan-based super middleweight has been announced as a late addition to the Queensberry Promotions ‘City of Champions’ card at the Leicester Arena on Saturday April 22nd.

The show will be the second card, following on from this Saturday’s event at the Manchester Arena, to feature on BT Sport as part of Frank Warren’s big deal with the broadcaster.

Blaney, who trains under Ricky Hatton in Manchester, will make the step up to six rounds on the bill as he enters the second chapter of his pro career.

So far ‘The Ginger Ninja’ has scored three second round stoppages at the National Stadium alongside two competitive points wins in England, and will now move up to the longer rounds as he continues to trim down toward the 160lbs middleweight limit.

An opponent for Blaney will be confirmed in the near future.

The card in just over two weeks time will be headlined by a WBO interim middleweight title fight between Tommy Langford and Avtandil Khurtsidze, with undercard support from a British light welterweight title fight between Tyrone Nurse and Joe Hughes, an English super middleweight title fight between Jahmaine Smyle and Darryll Williams, and a Midlands Area super featherweight title fight between Leon Woodstock and Paul Holt. There are also appearances from Alex Hughes, Reuben Arrowsmith, Sam Maxwell, Brad Foster, Raza Foster, CJ Challenger, Indi Sangha, and Ekow Essuman.

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Joe O'Neill

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