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BRITISH boxing has been starved of success in the flyweight division over recent years, but Kevin Satchell could be about to change that.

The 24-year-old defends his British and Commonwealth crowns against Belfast's Luke Wilton on Saturday night in his home city at Liverpool's Echo Arena live on BoxNation.

Over the years men like Jackie Brown, Charlie Magri, Dave McAuley, Duke McKenzie and Jimmy Wilde have been among Britain's eight stone world champions.

Promoter Frank Maloney believes that unbeaten Satchell could be challenging one of the 112lb division's world champions by the end of the year despite having had just nine professional fights.

Hawaiian star Brian Viloria holds the WBA and WBO title, Japanese southpaw Toshiyuki Igarashi is WBC champion and South Africa Moruti Mthalene holds the IBF belt.

That is a formidable ask for Satchell, but Maloney (below) said: "Kevin is Britain's most exciting flyweight and at the end of the year he will be closing in on a world title.

"The flyweight champions are tougher than most, but it can be easier to manoeuvre challengers into world title positions."

Satchell came to prominence last May when he defeated fellow scouser Paul Edwards to claim the Commonwealth crown, and four months ago took the British title from Chris Edwards.

Saturday's card is televised by BoxNation and topped by David Price v Tony Thompson in a 12 round international heavyweight contest.

Satchell said: "It is going to be a great night. I always like going on Pricey's undercards because it is full of scousers supporting me.

"I am very confident. Wilton has a good record and I am not underestimating him, but I will be sharper and fitter on the night."
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