Boxing - Wilton brothers aim to keep climbing the domestic ladder

Wilton brothers Luke (pictured left) and Matthew will be in action tomorrow night at the Holiday Inn Belfast in a six-fight card that also features Irish champion James Tennyson, Daniel McShane, number one European contender Zhanat Zhakiyanov and hot Belfast prospect, Ryan Burnett.

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Wilton brothers aim to keep climbing the domestic ladder

Luke Wilton had been preparing for a rubber match with Usman Ahmed, but Ahmed’s late withdrawal means that Wilton will now fight unbeaten Kallum De’Ath (4-0) in a six rounder. De’Ath is a super bantamweight, so he will enter the ring with a weight advantage, offering what should be a very competitive fight for Wilton.

However, Luke will be high on confidence after his impressive showing in his recent British and Commonwealth Title challenge against Kevin Satchell. Interestingly, Wilton has prepared with the help of former foe - the British and Commonwealth Champion  Satchell spent a week in Belfast sparring with Wilton:

“It’s been good, I have enjoyed it. I have been holding my own, it wasn't as intense as the fight in Liverpool, but it is still hard sparring. I have also been working with Tommy Waite (amateur).”

Luke is working his way towards another British or Commonwealth Title shot but will have to bide his time until Satchell moves on:

“I want to get that British belt, they [Team Satchell] said they wont give me a rematch so I don't think I’ll ever fight him again, it will be more likely when he moves on.”

After tomorrow night’s fight Luke will have more important things ahead of him:

“My wife is pregnant and baby is due the week after the fight, so I will take a rest when the child is born, then I’ll probably look to get out again in Sept or Oct, I hope to get another two fights at the end of the year in the higher rounds.

Luke and Matthew have sold in the region of two hundred tickets between them for tomorrow nights show and Matthew will be fighting for his first professional title – a version of the International Masters belt. In preparation of this fight, Matthew has been getting in top level sparring:

“I done a good few rounds with Eamonn O’Kane and then I did a few rounds with Paul McCloskey when he was getting ready for his fight and a couple of amateurs as well.

Matthew is now down to light welter weight and feels that in the past year he has got into the swing of the pro game and has learned to slow down the pace of his style, particularly as he moves up in rounds.

Both Wilton brothers have been boosted with the knowledge that British boxing star, Ricky Hatton will be in attendance at their show tomorrow night and Matthew is hoping that the Hit Man will see him in action:

“It would be good if he watched me, it is something to know he is going to be there and he might see you fighting, it gives you a bit of a spur on.”

The weigh in for the Holiday Inn show took place earlier today at the new professional boxing gym that is being launched by Alan Wilton, Bernard and Oscar Checa.

Ricky Hatton was on hand to officially open the “All Origins Boxing Gym” in Belfast. Hatton proved yet again why he is regarded as the most popular British fighter in the modern era, as he was mobbed by an enthusiastic crowd of boxing fans. Hatton, as he usual, happily devoted most of his time to the avalanche of requests for photos and signed posters and gloves. Hatton worked out on a heavy bag at the request of photographers and made a brief speech to fully endorse the opening of the “All Origins Boxing Gym”.

At the opening of the new gym there was a host of Irish boxing stars such as Paul McCloskey, Martin Rogan, Brian Magee, Jamie Conlan, Eamonn O’Kane and legendary manager and promoter, Barney Eastwood.  

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