US mission for Starie

DAVID Starie, Suffolk's British and Commonwealth super-middleweight boxing champion, is off to America for another fight.The former Hurstlea-Kerridge club of Needham Market amateur takes on Harold Roberts of Kansas on a big bill in Oklahoma City next Saturday.

By Dave Allard

DAVID Starie, Suffolk's British and Commonwealth super-middleweight boxing champion, is off to America for another fight.

The former Hurstlea-Kerridge club of Needham Market amateur takes on Harold Roberts of Kansas on a big bill in Oklahoma City next Saturday.

"This is a routine job to keep David busy," said manager Gordon Holmes.

He continued: "Hopefully we will be able to announce a world title shot of some sort early next year. At the moment, it's just important to keep David ticking over."

Earlier this year Starie, who lives at Elmswell, fought successfully on the Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson bill in Memphis.

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Starie, who has won 30 of his 32 fights as a professional, has a formidable opponent in Roberts.

He has won 17 of his 21 contests.

Ex-double ABA champion Starie has had one world title shot in the past. He took WBO champion Joe Calzaghe the distance only to lose on points after 12 rounds at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

Talks are on-going with a number of world governing bodies to land him another crack at a global crown.