Toms handed chance to regain title

Northolt’s Ryan Toms has been given the chance to regain the southern area light-middleweight title.

Steve O’Meara, who dethroned Toms with a first-round knockout when the two West Londoners met last year, has relinquished the belt and is fighting experienced Welshman Bradley Pryce next month.

It means Toms, 30, will face Yassine El Maachi for the now vacant championship at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on 26 May.

The fight will be on the same show as the all-west London heavyweight clash between Audley Harrison and Chelsea-based Iraqi Ali Adams.

El Maachi, who was keen to challenge O’Meara, was born in Morocco, lives in Finsbury Park and has a record of 14 wins and four losses.

Last year the 32-year-old won the televised Prizefighter tournament, beating former world champion Junior Witter in the final.

Toms (9-2-1) was unbeaten as a professional prior to his defeat against O’Meara at York Hall last September.

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