Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Luke Wilton still on track for shot at British belt

Withdrawal: Alanna Murphy has had to pull out of her Irish final

Luke Wilton may have come up short against Lee Haskins at the weekend but it hasn't dented his chance of an assault on the British flyweight title.

Wilton had taken the fight with British bantamweight champion Haskins in Bristol with less than 48 hours notice, and the difference in weight was all too evident when the east Belfast man was cut down in two rounds.

But dad and manager Alan is determined to keep pushing him towards another tilt at the British title and is already lining up a show for him in April.

Alan said: "They had gone through a series of opponents to face Haskins at late notice and none of them wanted it but Luke stepped up to the plate and showed his heart.

"The weight was the big difference but Luke hasn't lost anything by the defeat – we move on and I still expect him to be fighting for the British flyweight title this year.

"He'll top a bill for me in April and then we'll know more about the state of the British title. Kevin Satchell is the champion but he may vacate and I would expect the British Boxing Board of Control to make Luke the mandatory challenger for the title."

Luke's brother Matthew will top dad Alan's latest bill on March 21 at the Holiday Inn.

Meanwhile, Alan has had to withdraw Alanna Murphy from her Irish Elite lightweight final with Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor, scheduled for this Saturday night in Dublin's National Stadium.

"Alanna's step mum has passed away so it's only right that she withdraws," said Alan. "Going in against Katie Taylor you need to be at your very best and these circumstances would not allow Alanna to do herself justice."

Murphy is expected to box for Antrim against Spain at Andersonstown Leisure Centre on March 20.

The Oakleaf club enjoyed double success at the weekend in the Ulster Boys finals with Callum Toland and Brett McGinty winning the boy 14 54kg and boy 15 70kg titles, respectively.

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