An Oldham boxer has set up a first title fight with his latest impressive victory. 

Jack Kilgannon made it nine out of nine as a professional with a points win over Serge Ambomo at the Bolton Whites Hotel on Saturday night. 

The 23-year-old Ben Lancaster-trained fighter will now get the chance to become the Central Area Middleweight champion when he faces Manchester’s John Telford at the Altrincham Ice Arena on June 28.

The pair will meet on the undercard of the Ultimate Boxxer cruiserweight tournament which is being broadcast on BT Sport. 

It represents a first big chance for ‘Jacky Boy’ as he looks to climb the domestic 160lb rankings by getting the better of Flixton’s Telford who has lost one of his 11 fights. 

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“I’ve seen him box a few times,” said Kilgannon. 

“He’s probably the same as me in that he’s up-and-coming and has boxed similar lads. 

“It’s going to make a good fight. 

“I feel like I’m better than the journeymen I’ve been boxing and my aim is to win a British title. 

“I’m not looking past these opponents that I’m boxing now but in the future I’ve got a standard I want to get to.

“You’ve got to start somewhere and this is the first belt that’s come up for me. 

“It’s great to get it two years after turning pro. I turned over in May 2017 and it’ll be my 10th fight and things are rolling on more than I ever could have thought.”

The win that set up the title opportunity came via a more measured display than regular observers of Kilgannon are used to. 

He boxed at range against the tough Ambomo who also took fellow Oldham star Mark Heffron six rounds back in March. 

It was a case of job done on a potentially dangerous night for Kilgannon’s future aspirations. 

“I knew he was going to come and fight for it so I boxed long,” he said. 

“I’ve seen him box a few other lads and they’ve had a good fight with him, Mark couldn’t knock him out which says something. 

“It wasn’t my typical fight to be honest with you. 

“I stayed out of the way where as normally I’m more of a come-forward fighter. 

“But I knew what he was about so boxed and moved and when he came up close grabbed hold of him.

“You do what you need to do. 

“I’d got the next fight lined up so I wanted to get through that one and move onto the next one.”

Fighting at the end of June means Kilgannon was straight back to work at Lancaster’s ‘The Shed’ gym in Middleton on Wednesday. 

“We’ll roll right over camps and I’m straight back at it after a couple of days of rest,” he said.  

“It’s a 10-rounder and I’ve never done 10 rounds. I’ve done eight and bits of 10s in sparring but fights are totally different. 

“I’ll be training hard.”

For tickets and more information contact Kilgannon on social media.