Belfast Telegraph

Luke Wilton calls for crack at British title

By David Kelly

Luke Wilton is demanding a showdown with British flyweight champion Chris Edwards on the back of the most significant win of his career.

East Belfast man Wilton pulled out a rasping right hand to the body to drop former Commonwealth title challenger Francis Miyeyusho at the Holiday Inn, Belfast on Friday night, leading to referee Kenny Pringle calling a halt at 1:53 of the first round.

Wilton’s heavy artillery came just in time as moments earlier he had clearly felt the force of the Tanzanian’s left hook to the body.

While Miyeyusho staggered to his feet it was clear he was in trouble and the stoppage led to immediate calls from Wilton and his dad/ promoter Alan that he should be the mandatory challenger for Edwards.

“When you look at the rankings, they’ve all had their chance and now it has to be my turn,” said Luke who snapped up the International masters title.

“This guy was probably a stone heavier than me but I took the fight to prove I deserve my chance and I did that.

“I really feel now that I have grown into the weight, I felt so strong.

“He hurt me with that left to the body and I had to back off but I sucked it up and came right back and caught him with a great twisting right uppercut to the body.”

Dad Alan said that he would be talking to the British Boxing Board of Control to demand that Luke be handed the number one challenger’s position.

“Luke had to have a win like this to push his case for a British title shot and he did it in style.

“Nobody in Britain deserves a shot at Chris Edwards more than Luke. I just hope the Board see it that way,” said Alan.

Both father and son were at ringside earlier in the night to watch Luke’s brother Matthew make his emotional debut, having suffered the stillbirth loss of his 23 week-old baby boy Ben earlier in the week.

Matthew, who fought at middle but will drop down to welter, dominated the opening three minutes and Luton’s James Smith failed to come out for the second round due to a damaged right hand.

Dad Alan, who had a minute’s silence for Ben, said: “It was a very good performance from Matthew all things considered.”

Cruiserweight Conall Carmichael had a good work-out against Manchester’s Paul Morris, winning 39-37, while Bangor middleweight Paul Moffett also made it two out of two in the space of two weeks, stopping Luton’s Jamie Bones at 2:17 of the first round.

Belfast middleweight Alfredo Meli stopped Latvian Sergei Drob on his debut after just 100 seconds, while Belfast-based Ugandan Moses Matovu out-pointed Sheffield’s Courtney Owen, 40-36.

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