GLASGOW'S Steve Boyle, the British light-weight champion, was

yesterday ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control to defend his

title against Walsall's Peter Till by March 31.

For Boyle, who won the title by beating fellow Scot Alex Dickson in

Glasgow almost two years ago, it ends months of waiting to get into the

same ring as Till to prove just who is the best 9st 9lb fighter in the


The pair were to have met in Till's home town last summer, but the

promotion was cancelled. Now Boyle's chance will come early in the New


It is unlikely, however, that he will make this defence in front of

his home fans in Glasgow. He recently transferred from Scottish manager

Tommy Gilmour to London's Frank Warren and it is almost certain Warren

will want to stage the bout in the south.

British heavy-weight champion Gary Mason has also been ordered to

defend his title against European and Commonwealth champion Derek

Williams. But Mason's manager Terry Lawless is unlikely to risk his

man's unbeaten record against Williams and Mason could give up his


Meantime, Nigel Benn's proposed challenge for Roberto Duran's World

Boxing Council middle-weight crown -- pencilled in for London next May

-- was thrown into doubt yesterday.

British officials expressed reservations about the multi-million

dollar showdown on technical and medical grounds.

Duran, 38, turned in a dismal performance in losing his super

middle-weight clash with Sugar Ray Leonard 10 days ago and BBBC

secretary, John Morris, suggested the Panamian should forfeit his WBC

middle-weight crown as both fighters were within the 11st 6lb limit.

And BBBC doctor Adrian Whiteson posed questions about the ageing

Duran's fitness to box. ''Duran does boxing no service by allowing

himself to become so unfit,'' he observed. ''He was a shadow of his

former self.''

Hopes of a Frank Bruno-Mike Tyson rematch in London next summer were

dealt a severe blow by the BBBC yesterday. John Morris said Bruno would

have to prove his boxing ability again before being allowed another

crack at the undisputed world heavy-weight champion.