Matteo Signani Ordered To Face European Title Mandatory Challenger Felix Cash Next
Unbeaten middleweight, Britain’s Felix Cash (15-0, 10KOs) has now been mandated to face Italy’s Matteo Signani (32-6-3, 12 KOs) for Signani’s European middleweight title. The EBU have set purse bid deadlines for Thursday, December 15 at 12 noon.
Cash will first return to the ring against an undetermined opponent on the undercard of Featherweight world champion Josh Warrington‘s IBF mandatory defence against Mexico’s Luis Alberto Lopez on December 10 at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Ebanie Bridges also features on that card, defending her world title against Shannon O’Connell.
The Chertsey man was supposed to be mandatory for the Signani-Anderson Prestot 1 winner but after the controversial nature of their June fight whereby Signani lost his title, the EBU ordered an immediate rematch. The Italian regained his belt in the second fight with Prestot via a 7th-round TKO.
Cash has only fought once this year and has been very inactive through the last few years due to personal problems and bad luck, depriving him of the opportunity to gain the momentum that his peers have. Most notably, Denzel Bentley who fought for the world middleweight title this month; Cash demolished Bentley inside three rounds in April 2021 and hasn’t received an opportunity like that yet.
Should Cash successfully come through his Dec 10 fight, which is expected to be a tune-up, he will be hoping to go into a European title challenge in early 2023 and pin down a world title opportunity by the end of the year.
Ranked #4 by the WBO, this is probably the most likely route for Cash to take. However, he is also ranked in the top 10 in the IBF and the top 15 in the WBA.