Wilton prepared to seize his last chance at glory
East Belfast man Luke Wilton is banking on the expertise of top coach Bernardo Checa to finally make his dream of winning a major title come true in Sheffield tonight.
Wilton, who three years ago had said he was retiring after a painful defeat at the hands of Charlie Edwards who now holds the WBC World flyweight title, takes on Sheffield's Tommy Frank for the vacant Commonwealth super-flyweight belt.
Having lost a Commonwealth flyweight title fight to Kevin Satchell and then the 2016 defeat to Edwards, it seemed that Wilton had decided he had enough of boxing but then Panamanian Checa - a coach to numerous champions - returned from coaching in Spain and suggested he would once again be in the Belfast man's corner.
"That loss to Edwards was heartbreaking. I had actually lost Bernardo halfway through the camp. He had an offer he couldn't refuse to go to Spain, which I understood... after that defeat I said I was packing it in and I meant it because it was a big opportunity and I didn't take it," said Wilton.
"But then last September Bernardo returned to Belfast and that was at a time when I was debating whether or not to box again. He came back and when I knew he was prepared to work with me again I got my hunger back and things have been going very well.
"Bernardo has so much knowledge, he has been there and done it and really helped me develop and now I have this chance - probably my last chance and I want to grab it. I'm 30 now and there aren't many flyweights or super flyweights at my age. So, you have to look at it like that."
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