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Wilton prepared to seize his last chance at glory

 

Confident: Luke Wilton
Confident: Luke Wilton
David Kelly

By David Kelly

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."

• THE show will be televised live at 9pm on Freesports (Freeview 64; Sky 422).

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