Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Reid Is Target for Magee

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Reid Is Target for Magee

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Brian Magee is being lined up for a world title eliminator with Robin Reid if he can successfully defend his IBO super-middleweight title on Saturday night at the King's Hall, Belfast.

Ulsterman Magee puts his title on the line against rugged Germany-based Nigerian Jerry Elliott, with promoter Barry Hearn confident he is closing in on a summer showdown with Reid.

"Brian cannot afford to take Elliott for granted because he has been in with some world class fighters but I expect him to come through and then we'll try to finally get the fight with Reid," said Hearn.

"I have been knocking on Reid's door for over a year but hopefully he's finally going to agree to the fight and it would be an eliminator for one of the major belts, probably the WBA or IBF."

Magee, 28, will be making his seventh defence of the IBO title.

Meanwhile, Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe, British boxing's top two crowd pullers, will put their unbeaten records on the line in a major show at Manchester's MEN Arena on Saturday, June 5. …

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