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McAllister Believes Shafikov Win Could Land Amir Khan

Lee McAllister believes his EBU light-welterweight clash with champion Denis Shafikov early next year could be the gateway to a dream fight against Amir Khan.

After more than two months of protracted negotiations, McAllister's manager, Tommy Gilmour, announced on Wednesday that the unbeaten 24-year-old Russian will visit Aberdeen Exhibition Centre on February 25 to defend his European title.

McAllister, nicknamed 'The Aberdeen Assassin', believes Shafikov is the last barrier between him and world title opportunities including, he hopes, a fight against Khan, the unified WBA and IBF light welterweight champion.

In Glasgow to promote the fight, the 29-year-old Commonwealth light-welterweight and IBO international light-welterweight champion, said: "As soon as you have the European title, it's world title shots in America and things like that, big massive fights.

"The last light-welterweight European champion from Britain was (Paul) McCloskey and he got a shot at Khan.

"If I get a shot at Khan next year I will be buzzing. I would love a fight with Khan.

"But it would be a massive achievement to win this European title.

"I have only have a few years left and whatever I achieve in the next three years, that will be it, my dreams will be finished and I will have to go back to get a normal job like everyone else.

"Shirkov will come over and try to bulldoze me but he is in for a shock. I will be ready to knock him out.

"On paper it will be my hardest fight to date but I will prepare right and he will get sent back with his tail between his legs.

"But to be honest, I'm not really interested in him. I am quite happy to do my own thing and let him worry about me. He has no chance."

Gilmour, who will co-promote the fight with top London promoter, Frank Maloney, refused to look beyond Shafikov.

"I just want a win over Shafikov," Gilmour said. "I'm not looking beyond the 25th of February.

"Ask me what my plans are for Lee on the 26th and I will have a volume of them.

"Shafikov is without doubt the toughest opponent for Lee. He has won more than half his fights inside the distance.

"Lee will be a big underdog for this fight. Shafikov is a small, walk-forward type of fighter so we will get expert sparring for Lee."

Gilmour's reluctance to look too far into the future was perhaps due to the fact that this fight took so long to arrange.

"It was a very hard fight to make," added Gilmour. "The two of them last fought on the 23rd of September.

"It has taken me from the 24th of September to make this fight.

"Normally I can make things happen in two or three days but this has been quite hard.

"We needed a bit of help and Frank gave me one of his television dates to make it work so this will be live on television.

"We have had to go to the Exhibition Centre because this is a massive fight. It is a six-figure fight.

"We have set it up for a 2,000-seater arena but if tickets go better than expected we can move in to a bigger hall which holds 4,000.

"Certain guarantees have had to be made. I'm just glad that I have managed to deliver."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mutchie6g on 12-01-2011

Im from Aberdeen I would love to see Lee go all the way he deserves it .... Shafikov vs Mcaliister would sell out NO PROBLEM IN THE EXHIBITION CENTRE !!! Khan would be a huge test though

Comment by whatismyname on 11-30-2011

Who? what?

Comment by D-MiZe on 11-30-2011

He's not lasting the distance with Shafikov, let alone winning.

Comment by wazaa. on 11-30-2011

I feel sorry for McAllister because I don't thnk Amir will give him a shot. It's all McCloskey's fault for stinking the fight up against Amir. I mean, Amir was being nice and offered an European champion like McCloskey a…

Comment by FearAndLoathing on 11-30-2011

'mon the aberdeen assassin! i'll be there. no chance of a khan fight though, maybe a while back if he'd beat john murray. this is definitely his last chance for any form of a money fight, cant say i know…

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