Oliver flies to first defence

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It could be a case of out with the old and in with the new tonight when Spencer Oliver and Herol Graham appear on the same mammoth bill London's at Kensington Olympia.

Oliver, 22, tops the promotion with the first defence of his European super-bantamweight championship against the Frenchman Serge Poilblan.

The Finchley boxer has made such a rapid rise since defeating the Bulgarian champion Martin Krastev in four rounds to take the title in May, and can look forward to becoming one of the domestic game's biggest draws.

However, Graham, 37, on a comeback despite protestations from friends, could be lacing up his gloves for the final time. The Sheffield boxer, who came close to claiming versions of the world middleweight title in 1989 and 1990, fights the world-class Canadian Chris Johnson for the vacant World Boxing Council International super-middleweight belt.