Wayne Elcock's bout with Lawrence Murphy at the ICC on May 6 has been declared as a British Middleweight title eliminator by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Promoter Ken Purchase is understandably buoyant after his first show was given extra kudos with the carrot of a British title shot for the winner.

For Elcock it will be the opportunity to exorcise a few demons as he rebuilds his career.

Murphy stripped him of his WBU World Middleweight title in 2003 with an unexpected first round knockout, which was the first defeat of Elcock's career.

That loss has haunted Elcock and this offers him the opportunity for catharsis. Not only would victory over Murphy atone for the loss of his world title, but it would also offer him the opportunity for a potential rematch with Scott Dann.

Elcock lost on a unanimous points decision in Plymouth last September as Dann retained his British title for the third occasion.

It was a night to forget for the Shard End-based boxer as he failed to hit top form primarily due to a broken hand suffered early in proceedings.

Dann could be tempted to vacate now that he has added the Commonwealth belt to his roster of titles, but Elcock will be confident of causing an upset on home turf.

And Purchase is insistent that Elcock will be fighting for the British title at the ICC again in the near future.

"When Wayne has beaten Murphy, I can guarantee that his next fight will take place in Birmingham," claimed a bullish Purchase. "Whatever it costs, I will pay as we want British title fights in the region.

"But I really need the public to come and support Wayne's fight against Murphy to ensure that all the big title fights don't go to Manchester or London."

Meanwhile, the first defence of Young Mutley's British Welterweight title has been confirmed against Kevin Anderson for Saturday June 3.

The 28-year-old from West Bromwich will lock horns with the Commonwealth champion at the Aston Events Centre in a real coup for Midlands boxing.

Promoter Errol Johnson has outbid the wealthy Tommy Gilmour to ensure that Mutley can build on his surprise victory over Michael Jennings in January.

Mutley will be tested to the limit by Anderson who has swatted aside all challengers in his career thus far.

Tickets for Wayne Elcock's show on May 6 show must be purchased before April 26 and are available from Ringside Promotions on 07976 842383.

Tickets have also gone on sale for Mutley's fight on June 3. Contact EJKO promotions on 07852 268333.