Boxer May closes in on title

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
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Nathaniel “Cheeky” May is one step closer to a world title shot after it was announced he is in contention to fight in England later this year for the number one contenders spot for the IBF World Featherweight title.

May, 22, was set to head to America to train alongside Freddy Roach at the famous Wild Card Gym, but the trip has been delayed while he sorts out his next fight.

The Denning Boxing Gym product is expected to fight in Perth to tune up for a big match later this year, with an opponent yet to be announced.

Reigning IBF World Featherweight champion Lee Selby is set to defend his title against Josh Warrington on May 19 and the Bunbury boxer could be the winner’s next opponent.

Nathaniel Cheeky May celebrates his win over Hwi Song Kim.
Camera IconNathaniel Cheeky May celebrates his win over Hwi Song Kim. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

May said there were plenty of meetings happening between his management and the IBF regarding the fight.

He said he had waited to be offered a big fight like this.

“They are talking about me fighting Kyle Sampson who is a three-time world champion,” he said.

While May has not fought out of Australia as a professional, he is not daunted by the task.

“A fight it a fight, it doesn’t matter where it is,” he said.

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