Belfast Telegraph

Rejuvenated Wilton sets sights on British title

By David Kelly

Luke Wilton’s career has been a slow burner with a few bumps along the way but 2010 could see him rising to the challenge of a British title shot.

The very thought of the east Belfast man boxing for the Lonsdale belt would not have entered too many heads over the past year but Wilton’s last performance has given dad and coach Alan a real hope that a British flyweight title chance will come his way.

Last month in the Odyssey, Wilton gave his best performance when outpointing Kevin Coglan and this evening he hopes to build on that with victory over Bulgarian Muharem Osmanov at the Holiday Inn.

Dad Alan said: “I think Luke is now maturing into the professional game but also he’s now boxing at his proper weight. He has been up around bantam and super-bantamweight but now I have been able to have him boxing at fly.

“Assuming that all goes well, we will push him towards a couple of eight rounders in the New Year and then hopefully a shot at the British title.

“I believe 2010 can be very good for Luke.”

The main event will see Cuban Alexei Acosta boxing an eight rounder against Bernard Dunne victim Sean Hughes.

Acosta, a World junior gold medallist, was to have boxed for the WBA international title but that fell through.

However, Hughes will be a good test for the exciting Cuban prospect, who is being coached by Belfast man Tony Dunlop at the Kronk gym.

Ballymena’s Niall Diamond makes his debut, while the re-match between Michael Harvey and Michael Devine should be worth the entrance money alone. Both made their debut in June when Devine won a controversial decision in Luton.

Tickets available at the door. First bell, 8.30pm.

Contests: Super-middle: JJ McDonagh v Stefan Stanko.

Welterweight: Niall Diamond v Gavin Putney.

Middleweight: Paddy McDonagh v Grigor Sarohanian (1-0-0).

Super Featherweight: Michael Harvey v Michael Devine.

Flyweight: Luke Wilton v Muharem Osmanov.

Bantamweight: Alexei Acosta v Sean Hughes.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph