Sanigar Events have announced that Commonwealth super-bantamweight titleholder Ashley Lane will be making the first defence of his title in Bristol on March 16th. Lane (11-8-2) will defend his title according to promoter’s Sanigar Events against Ghanaian Emmanuel Quartey (21-2) in Lane’s first defence scheduled to be held at Ashton Gate, Bristol of where Lane now resides after previously being brought up in Northampton.
27-year-old Lane won the first major title of his career last September against Michael Ramabeletsa in Swindon, claiming a comfortable points verdict via unanimous decision against the often under-rated Ramabeletsa. Lane prior to victory in September had previously attempted to win two English titles. Lane had been on a good run of form following his 2016 defeat to Josh Wale in an English title eliminator at bantamweight, defeating the likes of Thomas Kindon, Paul Economides and Andy Harris prior to his career-best performance against Ramabelesta.
Emmanuel Quartey is a completely unknown quantity who has currently been out of the ring for almost twelve months, prior to that he hadn’t fought in 17 months. His record suggests that he is a puncher but to what level exactly no one can be sure. Quartey had fought one notable name in Tshifhiwa Munyai, loosing to the South-African via stoppage in 2013.
Lane v Quartey features on Sanigar Events opening promotion of 2018 titled “Class of 2018” featuring the highly rated Tim Cutler, Aaron Sutton and Pawel August. Ticket information can be found on the fight poster below.