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Undefeated Scottish star Kieran Smith has set his sights on more titles by the end of 2019 as he prepares to make his return tonight.
Smith (13-0-KO6) is the current WBC International Silver champion, and this evening he takes on Jan Balog at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow live on iFL TV.
He’s already made it clear that he wants the full version of the WBC International title, and he’s now added the Commonwealth belt to his wish-list before the end of the year.
Smith said: “By the end of 2019 I want to remain undefeated and maybe even get the Commonwealth title. Eddie Hearn seems to have the British scene tied up at the minute so that may stay off limits, so I’d happily go down the Commonwealth route.
“I’ve got the WBC International Silver belt too so we can keep going down the WBC route. I’m not bothered who I face, I’m happy to fight whoever MTK Global put in front of me.
“I’m excited to be getting back in the ring. I’ve had some great sparring and these shows keep getting busier and busier so I always enjoy fighting on them.
“The last show up here in Glasgow was virtually sold out and hopefully this one will be exactly the same with another incredible atmosphere.”
David Brophy has revealed he’s enjoying boxing again overcoming a string of injuries ahead of his return to the ring on Friday.
Former Commonwealth champion Brophy (21-2-1) is set to face Vladimir Belujsky at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow live on iFL TV, and he’s glad to be back firing on all cylinders.
Brophy said: “I’ve had a lot of injuries recently and it’s been frustrating because you feel pretty hopeless. When you can’t train or fight you feel useless, so it’s good to be injury free again. A happy fighter is a fighter that’s training all the time, and I’m now doing that again.
“Touch wood there won’t be any more injuries any time soon, and I can just focus on training and fighting. I’m looking to keep fighting on these regular MTK Global shows, and I hope it can be a big year where I get some titles back around my waist.”
Iain Butcher is back in action on Friday – and has ambitions to have some big domestic showdowns in the near future if he is victorious.
Butcher (18-4) fights live on iFL TV at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, and if he comes through this week’s bout, Butcher wants to take on more of the best of British.
Butcher said: “Hopefully for myself it goes well on March 22 as then I can get back on the big domestic scene again and take part in some big fights as the bantamweight division is on fire at the moment.
“There are a lot of good boxers from all around the world who are competing at the weight, and there is the potential of some good domestic dust ups too.
“I’ve been keeping an eye on the rankings, and MTK Global have also got a few of the boys that are ranked higher than me, so those fights should be easy to make in the future.
“You never know what opportunities can come your way if you get on a winning streak, as you could then be seen highly ranked enough to be in there with a shout of a world title. Before I can even think of any of that, I need to put on a good performance on March 22.”
Scottish star David Brophy wants to face British super-middleweight champion Zach Parker next once he gets through his fight in Glasgow this week.
Former Commonwealth champion Brophy (21-2-1) returns to action live on iFL TV at the Emirates Arena on Friday, and he hopes a win there can lead to a showdown with Parker.
Brophy said: “I’m not one to usually call people out, but I really fancy a British title fight this year. I think me against Zach Parker is a good fight and it has all the ingredients to be an exciting one.
“I’ve been patient and don’t ask for much in this game, but I think titles are what I deserve. Hopefully I can get through this fight this week and then me and Parker can get it on.
“We saw Parker fight Darryl Williams in his last fight and personally I thought he should have lost, but credit to him for fighting on through the injury.
“That fight was in Scotland, and it would be great for a fight between me and Parker to be in Scotland too. I’m a popular guy here, so I think it makes sense for it to be here.”
Kieran Smith has set his sights on breaking into the top 15 world rankings once he’s made his return to the ring at the Emirates Arena on Friday.
Unbeaten Smith (13-0) is back in action on a packed card in Glasgow as #MTKFightNight return to Scotland live on iFL TV.
He already holds the WBC International Silver title, and he would love to add the full version of the belt to his collection to earn himself a top 15 ranking with the WBC.
Smith said: “I want to keep pushing up the WBC rankings and hopefully fight for the WBC International belt next. That will put me in the top 15 of the rankings.
“It’s good to be getting back in the ring. Since I signed up with MTK Global and teamed up with Danny Vaughan last year, I was promised to be kept busy and they came through with that. I had three fights in three months which was great.
“I picked up the WBC International Silver belt as well which was the icing on the cake for the end of the year, and it’s now setting me up for a good 2019.”
It’s a packed card live on iFL TV in Glasgow on Friday, also featuring Iain Butcher challenging Scott Allan for the Celtic bantamweight title.
The undercard is full of talented stars too, including David Brophy, Michael McGurk, Lewis Benson, Reece McFadden, Jack Turner and many more.
Lewis Benson is delighted by the continuing rise of Scottish boxing as he prepares to return on Friday’s #MTKFightNight in Glasgow.
‘Kid Caramel’ has suffered controversial points defeats in his last two bouts but knows his talent could propel him to a key role in a flourishing national scene led by the world-class Josh Taylor.
Benson said: “Scottish boxing is on the up, big-time. Josh Taylor is leading the way for everyone and with big-time boxing back here, there are always opportunities on undercards and the like.
“I believe I’m good enough to be involved in the rise of Scottish boxing. People look at my last two performances and realise I’m up to the task of playing a significant role.
“I could’ve won both of those fights. I was frustrated with the decisions but I’m in a good place and I’m glad and proud to be a part of Scottish boxing.
“iFL TV is unbelievable and these shows give fighters without a TV deal the chance to fight in front of a big audience.
“They’ve been great with me from the start and are always putting me out there. I can’t wait to fight on the Emirates show in front of their cameras.
“In terms of what lies beyond this, I will legitimately fight anyone. If the deal is right, sign me up!”
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