Lyon gearing up for European title chance

Craig Lyon
Craig Lyon

CRAIG Lyon is gearing up for what will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of his professional career so far on November 3.

Another former Wigan ABC hot prospect, Lyon, now aged 30, will head to Paris, France to take on French champion Anthony Settoul for the European Union bantamweight title.

Injury has meant Lyon hasn’t fought since a points victory over tough Ukrainian Yuriy Voronin back in February, but now the former English champion is raring to go again after months of training under the tutelage of Ricky Hatton at the Hitman’s Hyde gym.

Lyon said: “Settoul has a similar record to me and I have seen a tape of him – it is going to be a tough task for me.

“But I’m ready for the challenge. I just can’t wait to get back in the ring now after all this time.

“It’s been brilliant working with Ricky. I like his style of training and the atmosphere around the gym is great.

“I feel I’m learning so much every day.

“Settoul will provide a huge step up in class for me, but I’m confident I can go over to France and do the job.

“I travelled all over the world during my amateur days so going over to France doesn’t bother me one bit.”

Twenty-five-year-old Settoul boasts a pro record of 13 wins and just two defeats from his 15 fights so far, with Lyon’s reading 13 wins, one draw and one defeat from his 15.

Settoul, though, ruffled plenty of feathers in his homeland last time out though, when he stopped former European title challenger Jerome Arnould in retaining his national crown in Clermont Ferrand.