Wilton hopes for British title tilt
Luke Wilton will hope to deliver an eye-catching performance tomorrow night before going over to England to call out the British flyweight champion.
The east Belfast flyweight tops the Holiday Inn show, run by dad Alan and mum Jane, in his first eight rounder, against Bulgarian Sali Mustafoc.
Should he come through against Mustafoc, then Wilton is hoping that promoter Frank Maloney can secure him a shot at the winner of next Friday night’s clash between British flyweight champion Shinny Bayaar and unbeaten challenger Ashley Sexton at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham.
Wilton had an up and down start to his career but since focusing on boxing around the flyweight limit over the past 12 months he has managed to push himself up to a ranking of around four in Britain.
Wilton said: “I was taking fights before just to have a fight and it meant that I was giving away weight which wasn’t good and I wasn’t really getting anywhere.
“But now that I have stayed at flyweight I have been feeling a lot stronger and I’ve got my career on a bit of a roll.
“I’m going over to see Bayaar defend his British title against Sexton next week and I’m hopeful that I can get a shot at the winner.
“It should be a good fight, it should be close but I think Sexton may just have the edge. He’s a good puncher and he may have an extra bit of class.”
Luke has been guided throughout his career by dad Alan who is now hoping that he can strike a promotional deal with Frank Maloney, who looks after champion Bayaar and has said he would like to have a contract sorted out soon.
Dad Alan added: “This a a good test for Luke. It’s his first eight rounder and he needs a good win to show that he deserves a crack at the British title.
“I think he has really started to mature into the weight now and he seems to be getting stronger and stronger with each fight.
“The French guy will be tough and Luke will have to be on top of his game.”
The show will also feature Olympic heavyweight bronze medallist Wladimir Chanturia in a six rounder, after Cuban Mike Perez pulled out.
Brian Cusack, Paul Kayes, Ryan Greene and Paddy McGarrity all make their debuts, while Philip Townley has his second fight.
Meanwhile, Lisburn heavyweight Scott Belshaw has gone to Australia for a year to take a break from the sport following three successive defeats.
Holiday Inn bill (first fight 8.30pm):
Light-heavy 6x2: Brian Cusack (Belfast) v James Tucker (Doncaster)
Light-fly 4x3: Paul Kayes (Downpatrick) v Norredine Eahou (France)
Super-feather 4x3: Paddy McGarrity (Belfast) v Dan Carr (Bristol)
Middle 4x3: Philip Townley (Bangor) v Rick Boulter (Doncaster)
Heavy 6x3: Wladimir Chanturia (Georgia) v Tomasz Zeprzalka (Poland)
Light-middle 4x3: Ryan Greene (Lurgan) v Ryan Clarke (Doncaster)
Fly 8x3: Luke Wilton (Belfast) v Sali Mustafoc (Sofia)