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Limond gives up Commonwealth title to chase his European dream

WILLIE LIMOND will challenge for the European light-welterweight title.

The 35-year-old has agreed to relinquish his Commonwealth championship to allow mandatory challenger Tyrone Nurse to fight for the vacant title. That in turn will allow Limond, who is also the current British 140lbs champion, to lace up for a warm-up bout on October 11 before he meets reigning European champion Michele di Rocco on November 29 in Glasgow.

"It has always been an ambition to challenge for the European title and now it looks like that will happen and hopefully in Glasgow," revealed the delighted Limond.

The British and Commonwealth light-welterweight champion continued: "The plan is that I will relinquish my Commonwealth title in order to allow me to take an eight or 10 round warm-up fight in London in early October.

"Then if Di Rocco comes through in his mandatory defence against the Spanish champion, which should be around the same time, I am very hopeful that Eddie Hearn will put on my challenge against Di Rocco on in Glasgow at the end of November.

"To have the opportunity to add the European title to my British and two Commonwealth belts at this stage in my career is a dream and getting the chance to do it in Glasgow will hopefully make all the difference.

"Everything has to fall into place and Di Rocco has a defence to come through first against the Spanish champion Nieto, but I fancy him strongly to negotiate that one."

He added: "When you have a possible shot at the European title you want to make sure nothing goes wrong and although I don't like relinquishing any titles, I'm not prepared to take any chances.

"I am just so grateful to Eddie Hearn and Alex Morrison for finding a way to help me realise my dream."

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