#MTKFightNight Glasgow Live on ESPN+ – June 22
Commonwealth bantamweight champion Lee McGregor plans on proving a point to Scott Allan when they meet on Saturday’s massive #MTKFightNight event at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
McGregor (6-0, 5 KOs) puts his belt on the line against countryman Allan (9-3-1) live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and also live on IFL TV.
The Edinburgh hero is excited to be headlining a huge bill, and wants to make Allan pay for previously claiming McGregor would avoid the Scottish bantamweights.
McGregor said: “It’s very pleasing and it’s a dream come true of mine to headline my own show live on ESPN+ in America. I’m hoping to put in a big performance and show the wider audience how far I can go.
“I have a point to prove and a statement to make as Scott Allan was actually quoted that I’d avoid all of the Scottish bantamweights, so I’m glad he’s the first one in my way. After this I’ll then be moving onto the next one and I’m ready to fight anyone put in front of me.
“I’m expecting a hard fight against a tough strong man in Allan, who will be coming to win which will bring the best out in me.
“I’m fully focused on this fight of course but the fight everyone wants to see is me against Kash Farooq for the Commonwealth and British titles. We both have defences then the fight most definitely has to happen after that.”
McGregor said: “I’m buzzing to get back in the ring so soon after my last fight as this is what I’m in the game for, to be fighting regularly and defending and winning more belts.
“It was straight back to work for me after the last fight. I’ve had a great camp for this fight and left no stone unturned, so I’m excited to be fighting again.
“In my last fight I hadn’t had much time with my new trainer and there were other things happening in the background, so it wasn’t the ideal position to be in but I can promise everyone you will see the best version of myself on June 22.
“It’s been great at the new gym and I’ve fit in really well. I’ve had some fantastic sparring with both Sunny and Charlie Edwards for this fight so preparation has been spot on.
“Scottish boxing is certainly booming at the moment and I’m honoured to be apart of it. I hope to contribute in some way by helping to bring huge nights back to Scotland.”
Montero motivated for Smith showdown
Ivan Montero has fired a warning at opponent Kieran Smith ahead of their battle on Saturday’s huge #MTKFightNight event at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Montero (21-3, 9 KOs) will be looking to cause the upset when he faces unbeaten Smith (14-0, 7 KOs) for his WBC International Silver super-welterweight title, live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and also live on iFL TV.
The Mexican star has previously shared the ring with two former world title challengers, and he’s heading to Glasgow with the intention of ripping the title away from Smith.
Montero said: “I have prepared myself very well for this great opportunity that will allow me to recover my career and achieve something big in the sport. I’m not coming to Glasgow to see what happens but to make it happen and I will win this fight.
“I know the UK has a great level of boxing and great fighters, I don’t know the arena but I’m excited to see it and take part in such a big stage.
“He is a good fighter, with good technique and we will adapt to give everyone a very good fight. His southpaw stance is what could be complicated but we worked hard for it and I’m well prepared.
“Without a doubt this fight will be a big step to put my name into the world rankings and expect bigger fights to come.
“I hope the crowd is pleased with my performance. The UK is a boxing country and I’m sure they can recognise and respect a good performance when they see it.
“I’ve heard only great things about MTK Global and I’m very excited that they have given me this opportunity to fight at one of their events.”
Benson buzzing over Scottish boom
Lewis Benson hopes the recent resurgence of Scottish boxing leads to him securing a title shot in the near future – provided he defeats Renald Garrido when #MTKFightNight returns to Glasgow on Saturday.
Benson (11-2, 2 KOs) takes on experienced Garrido at the Emirates Arena, live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and also live on iFL TV. This weekend’s card comes at a time where Scottish boxing is going from strength to strength, and Benson wants to play a part in it.
Benson said: “Scottish boxing is booming right now. We’ve got a lot of great guys coming up and it’s amazing to be a part of it. I can see it getting even better in Scotland because there’s boys knocking on doors very soon for titles and I hope to be one of them.
“If everything goes to plan against Garrido on Saturday, I’d love to challenge for the Commonwealth or British title or one of the Europeans belts next.
“Anyone with a title I’ll love to fight them because I want these big fights. I’d be right up for any of them and I’d be confident of winning.”
Jack Turner in action this Saturday on ESPN+
Rising star Jack Turner has vowed to be 10 times better than he was in his professional debut when he returns to the ring on #MTKFightNight’s huge event at the Emirates Arena on Saturday.
Turner (1-0) is part of the massive card from Glasgow, live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and also live on iFL TV. It comes just three months after his debut at the same venue in March, and he’s excited to show how much he’s already learned since then.
Turner said: “I’m extremely excited to be back in action at the Emirates Arena again just three months after my debut. I want to be as active as possible and I didn’t have a lot of time out of the gym after my fight.
“I was right back in there after a few days as I had itchy knuckles. That’s the best way to be as consistency is key. I’m looking to keep pushing forward and keep myself in tip top shape.
“I know my capabilities and know what I can do. I can put on a show and I want to display this this weekend. I had lot on my mind in my debut after 14 months out of the ring, but this camp has been strictly focused on the fight.
“I’ve not had any other worries outside of the ring and I’m feeling 10 times better. For my debut I was a bit anxious to impress and was going into unknown water and territory, so now that that’s out the way I’ll be a lot calmer.
“I’ve got a better understanding for the professional game now and I know what I’m going to do, so I’ll be producing a great performance on Saturday.”
Turner is part of a massive #MTKFightNight event in Glasgow, with the main event seeing Lee McGregor put his Commonwealth bantamweight title on the line against Scottish rival Scott Allan.
Muhammad Waseem vs. John Chuwa
Recent world title challenger Muhammad Waseem is proud to be making his long-awaited return to the ring in Glasgow as he looks to begin his journey back to another crack at world honours. The fight will take place on June 22.
Pakistan hero Waseem (8-1, 6 KOs) faces John Chuwa on a huge #MTKFightNight event at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and also live on iFL TV.
It’s Waseem’s first fight since his IBF world title bout with Moruti Mthalane last July, and he’s excited to show everybody what he’s learned since re-locating to Scotland and training alongside the likes of Tyrone McKenna, Tyrone McCullagh, Paddy Barnes, Sam Maxwell and Sean McComb.
Waseem said: “I’ve loved training in the build up to this fight. The Tyrones, Sean, Sam and Paddy are very good guys. We train together and we talk together.
“They’ve become very good friends of mine. They support me and I support them. We are one team and one family. They’re very nice guys.
“I believe I’ll fight again for a world title late this year or in early 2020. I’ll always be ready for another world title shot.
“I have many supporters in my country. They’re all messaging me on social media asking how they can watch the fight. They’re so keen to watch it live and it’s great they’ll all be able to tune in on iFL TV. I tell them all they can watch it there on YouTube!
I also have friends in America. A lot of people know me there because I was at Mayweather’s gym for three years. They’ll all be tuning in on ESPN+ too. I’m so proud to be fighting on these platforms.
I fought on Manny Pacquiao’s card last year and it was big exposure for me. Now, I’m known Stateside and I’m excited to be back on a big American TV platform to remind them of what I can do.”
Waseem is part of a huge #MTKFightNight event in Glasgow, with the main event seeing Lee McGregor put his Commonwealth bantamweight title on the line against Scottish rival Scott Allan.
The card also features Kieran Smith defending his WBC International title against Ivan Montero, Lewis Benson taking on Renald Garrido, plus many more.