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Wilton out to spark his career into life again


Hitting back: Luke Wilton is eyeing a British title shot

Hitting back: Luke Wilton is eyeing a British title shot

Hitting back: Luke Wilton is eyeing a British title shot

East Belfast man Luke Wilton is on the cusp of signing to fight Charlie Edwards in a final eliminator for a crack at the Lonsdale belt.

Former British flyweight title challenger Wilton admits he is glad to see the back of 2015, having not boxed in 18 months. Now he is ready to clash with unbeaten Edwards - a possible slot on the undercard of Carl Frampton's clash on February 27 with Scott Quigg has been mooted.

Wilton said: "I'm expecting the fight with Edwards to be signed and sealed this week - it's just what I needed at the start of the year because 2015 was an absolute nightmare.

"I've had more than my fair share of injuries but now I'm injury-free and ready to go. I've started training in preparation for the Edwards fight to be confirmed. It's a final eliminator for the British title so assuming that I win then I'll get another crack at the belt."

Dad and manager Alan has been in talks with Matchroom Promotions about the fight but while he expects the important clash to go ahead, he remains uncertain as to where it will happen.

"The fight will happen but there is no settled date or venue. I would love to bring it to Belfast because it should a great little fight," said Alan, who is also hoping to see son Matthew move into title contention over the coming 12 months.

Light-welterweight Matthew, who enjoyed a win on the supporting bill to middleweight Fredo Meli's exciting draw with Conrad Cummings last November, has chalked up 13 straight victories.

Alan, who also manages Meli, added: "Matthew has been boxing at welterweight but now he's getting into really good shape, he's going to campaign at light-welter and I want to see him push on and get a Celtic title fight.

"Hopefully this year will see a lot of the lads really kick on. Fredo had a good rest after his fight with Cummings which I thought he won. He can hopefully have another fight that will take his career forward. I want them all out by March."

Belfast Telegraph