Just Grind’s Kevin Thompson is set to make the first defence of his bareknuckle boxing crown in March.

The BKB British cruiserweight title clash at the O2 in London was an instant classic; Kevin Thompson stopped heavyweight contender Mason Shaw in round three after climbing off the canvas in the first.

Fighting out of Workington’s Just Grind Gym, Kevin Thompson made use of devastating combinations on the inside and a confusing left hook that he throws whilst on the move.

And what’s next for Kevin Thompson will be revealed in the next week. Jim Freeman Dove, promoter of the BKB organisation said: “Will be speaking to him this week in regards to BKB 16 March 30.”

Jim was undecided on Kevin’s next opponent but a rematch with Mason Shaw is likely: “Not sure yet, will see where he is at, he promised Mason a rematch so I will chat to him.”

If the rematch with the former heavyweight contender does not come together, there are a number of potential match-ups for Thompson.

BKB do not yet have a deep cruiserweight talent pool. Should another fighter drop down to face Thompson, Josh Burns is one of the bigger names on the roster who could be called on to fit the bill. Burns may be down on his luck but he strikes a dramatic figure, drama appears to be what the promoters are looking for.

Nathan Jdogg was originally pencilled-in for BKB 14 before Shaw was booked to face Thompson. Nathan Jdogg is well known in the fight game, he has been on the British bareknuckle boxing scene for years and appeared in a documentary about the sport.

Residing at light heavyweight is UFC legend Phil Baroni. A clash with Baroni would be arguably the biggest of Thompson’s career and a changing of the guard.

Bareknuckle boxing will return to the Indigo Arena on January 26.