Luke Wilton will tangle with Mexican Danny Flores at the Ulster Hall on Saturday night in a fight that could make or break the east Belfast man’s title fight ambitions.
Wilton is the headline act at the Ulster Hall on a show which also features the Irish light-middleweight title fight between Lee Murtagh and Ballyclare’s Willie Thompson.
Flyweight Wilton knows that victory on Saturday will lead to a British and Commonwealth title fight against the winner of the battle between Commonwealth champion Kevin Satchell and British title holder Chris Edwards who box on the same night in Liverpool on the supporting bill to David Price’s British title fight with Audley Harrison.
Luke’s dad Alan admits that he will be anxiously waiting for the text message to come through telling him the winner of Satchell-Edwards and he openly admits to who he hopes will prevail.
“I’m hoping that Edwards will come through as British and Commonwealth champion because I am very confident that I can agree a deal with the Edwards camp,” said Wilton, who as joint promoter of Saturday’s bill has worked very hard to make sure Luke has been matched with a top opponent.
“Luke just has to make sure that he does the business on Saturday. He has worked very hard to get to this point.
“We had hoped for him to be boxing for a WBC international title and we had Shinny Bayaar, the former British champion, lined up but he pulled out and it has been a real struggle to get someone.
“But now he is facing Danny Flores who has a record of 13 wins and only one defeat,” he said.
Title contender Wilton has been working with Panamanian coach Bernardo Checa and dad Alan has no doubt that it has accelerated his progress, helping him to a series of stoppage wins.
“Bernardo has brought him on a lot. Luke was always a good body puncher but that is an element that he has improved a lot — all-round he has improved and now Bernardo believes he is ready for title fights.
“So Saturday night is very important, we need Luke to do a good job and then hopefully we can nail down the title fight, whoever wins between Edwards and Satchell.”
The Irish title fight between Murtagh and Thompson should give the fans some toe-to-toe action and Wilton, along with Peace Promotions boss Mark Dunlop, is planning to utilise the Irish and Northern Ireland titles as they seek to run a series of local shows.
“The tickets have gone really well for this one. We have one guy Daniel McShane making his debut and he has sold 200 tickets alone and that’s what we need — we need ticket sellers so we can put on the kind of value for money shows the public want,” said Wilton, who has added Gerard Healy to the 10-fight bill.