Bristol boxer Lee Haskins wants to fight in home venue

Lee Haskins
Haskins defeated Mohamed Boulegcha in 12 rounds in Morocco this month

Bristol boxer Lee Haskins says he wants to fight in front of his home crowd but that the city lacks a suitable venue.

Haskins, 27, told BBC Bristol: "It would be fantastic to box in Bristol. I've been away a long time."

Promoter Chris Saniger said: "I'd like Lee to box in October and, hopefully, in Bristol but, without a purpose-built venue here, it will be difficult."

The British super-flyweight won the WBA inter-continental and IBF International bantamweight titles this month.

He sealed a 12-round victory over Mohamed Boulegcha in Morocco to add those belts to his British super-flyweight title.

Saniger continued: "I've looked at a few places and, if we could improvise, it might happen.

"It would be a very exciting time for Lee Haskins and Bristol boxing if we could get a show back here.

"We used to go to Ashton Gate, as a small venue, to build the boxers up. But, once they get to a certain stage, they need a purpose-built venue and that's a problem.

"We had the same issue in 2000 with Glen Catley. He could not defend his world title here because the only venue was Whitchurch Sport & Leisure Centre, which only seated 2,000 people.

"Now, more than 10 years later, we don't even have that. We've just gone backwards while the rest of the UK marches on with fabulous venues."

Haskins added: "We would love to fight in Bristol but we will travel the world to fight if it progresses my career."

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