Hatton Promotions welterweight Craig Watson will challenge John O’Donnell for the vacant British welterweight championship. The match has been ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control, and gives Watson an opportunity to avenge a hotly disputed split decision loss against the Londoner in April 2009. That setback cost Watson his Commonwealth welterweight crown, and although he has gone on to win the same title at light-middleweight, O’Donnell is his top target.
Southpaw Watson victorious in 18 of his 21 contests said: “There is nobody I want more than O’Donnell.
“When we meet again it won’t just be a boxing match. It will be a fight and I will put the full pressure on for 12 rounds.
“O’Donnell has really got on my nerves and I am itching to get back in the ring and fight him.
“Ever since that defeat there hasn’t been a day pass when I haven’t thought of that awful decision going against me.”
Manchester’s Watson, 27, hopes Hatton Promotions will come to an agreement with O’Donnell’s promoters and stage the fight later this year.
He added: “I know Hatton Promotion are hopeful of bringing it to Manchester. That would be fair because last time I went into his back yard when I was the defending champion.”
If no agreement is reached purse bids will be opened on November 10, with the BBB of C insisting the fight takes place by the end of January 2011.