Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

British title next on Wilton’s hit list

Luke Wilton (right) after his first round stoppage of Sali Mustafov

For most fighters a first round victory would be something to savour but Luke Wilton was left wanting more.

Luke at me now: Luke Wilton (right) after his first round stoppage of Sali Mustafov

Little wonder as Sali Mustafov from Sofia offered very little in the way of a threat to the east Belfast boxer at the Holiday Inn on Saturday night.

Having been floored by a quick left and right, the Bulgarian failed to beat the count of referee Paul McCullagh.

Job done and now Wilton will travel to England to witness the British flyweight title fight between Shinny Bayaar and Ashley Sexton.

Wilton hopes to have a shot at the winner before the end of the year but if he is serious about winning the Lonsdale belt then a much more exacting test is required — and he knows it.

Wilton said: “I really wanted to get a few more rounds in because I've only had six rounds in six months.

“I guess everybody likes a quick win but after training so hard it feels funny to have done all that for two minutes in the ring.

“I'm pleased with the win and now I hope we can do a deal with Frank Maloney which can lead me to a shot at the British title.

“If the chance comes then of course I'll grab it, you're only here once, but if I could have another eight rounder then I would like that.

“I would like someone to test me a little bit more.”

He added: “The great thing for me now is that I am very comfortable at making the eight stone limit and I feel a lot stronger at flyweight.

“Before I was boxing at higher weights just to get fights.”

On the supporting bill, Lurgan's Ryan Greene had a very entertaining four-round debut victory over Doncaster’s Ryan Clark, though the score of 38-37 didn't seem to do full justice to his performance.

Greene, trained by former pro Damien Denny, brought great support and didn't let his fans down as he quickly got down to business, sending his opponent through the ropes with a left hand in the first.

The second saw them clashing after the bell as the intensity grew and they maintained a fine pace throughout with Greene hailed as the victor by his substantial following.

There were also debut wins for Downpatrick light-flyweight Paul Kayes, super-feather Paddy McGarrity and Belfast's Brian Cusack.

RESULTS: Light-heavyweight 6x2: Brian Cusack bt James Tucker (Doncaster) 39-37

Light-fly 4x3: Paul Kayes (Downpatrick) bt Norredine Eahou (France) 39-37

Super-feather 4x3: Paddy McGarrity (Belfast) bt Dan Carr (Bristol) 40-36

Middle 4x3: Philip Townley (Bangor) bt Rick Boulter (Doncaster) 39-37

Heavy 6x3: Wladimir Chanturia (Georgia) bt Tomasz Zeprzalka (Poland) KO1

Light-middle 4x3: Ryan Greene (Lurgan) bt Ryan Clark (Doncaster) 38-37

Fly 8x3: Luke Wilton (Belfast) bt Sali Mustafov (Sofia) KO1

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