UK Boxing: Lee Selby-John Simpson Undercard Notes

Sensational Super Flyweight prospect Michael Maguire’s much anticipated return to the ring has been bought forward and will now take place on the undercard of the Queensberry Promotions event, headlined by the Lee Selby versus John Simpson British and Commonwealth title clash, at York Hall this coming Wednesday.

The bout, which was originally scheduled to take place in Liverpool on Friday, sees the former amateur World under-nineteen #1 in action against another former amateur star, 2004 Olympian Najah Ali.

Maguire, who recently returned to training at the TRAD TKO Gym in Canning Town following a two year sabbatical from the sport, seemed unconcerned with the change of date and venue when he spoke earlier.

“I don’t care where or when I fight. I’ve been training hard for it and can’t wait to get the first one over and done with. I’ve had some sparring with Martin Power and Charlie Hoy, I’m happy with myself, I’ve been doing six rounds easily now and want to do more rounds as I’m getting fitter.”

The 22 year old from Peterborough then went on to talk briefly on his decision to take a break and why he felt it was now time to return to the fray, 

“I think I turned over a bit soon and felt I needed a little time out. I feel I’ve come back at the right age. I’m training harder, feeling stronger and believe I can really go somewhere now.”


In the World of pro boxing nothing, but nothing, is set in stone until the very moment you actually enter the ring on fight night. So many things can, and do, go awry that it’s definitely a matter of be prepared for any occurrence, especially a last minute change of opponent, which is just what has happened to Welterweight prospect Freddie Turner this week.

This coming Wednesday Freddie was due to face British Masters Light Middleweight Champion Kevin McCauley in a non-championship bout. Without doubt a tough assignment for the Canning Town youngster with just four pro bouts, all wins, under his belt, but with legendary father and son team Jimmy and Mark Tibbs masterminding his preparations Freddie was more than confident he was thoroughly prepared in every way for the showdown.

Then on Friday, just as Freddie began to wind down his camp, he receives the call that instead of McCauley he’ll be facing a different opponent and yet another reigning champ, this time the holder of the International Masters Light Welterweight crown, Edmonton based Mauritian Michael Frontin.

As luck would have it Freddie is more than a little aware of Frontin and his fight style, as well as having been ringside when TRAD TKO Boxing Gym mate Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne fought him in October, as such he has easily been able to alter his fight plan and is clearly relishing the prospect of adding Frontin’s scalp to his belt, as was clear when he spoke earlier.

“Yeah, I’ve got a change of opponent from Kevin McCauley to Michael Frontin. He was a good amateur, he won a silver medal in the Commonwealths, boxed Frankie Gavin in the final. I’ve watched him, he’s slippery, got a good jab, he knows what he’s doing. Yeah he’s good, he’s good.

“His last fight was against Patrick Liam Walsh, I thought he won it but they gave it to the other kid. I thought he’d done enough to nick it. He has got a good round and a bad round, so hopefully I’ll get him on a bad round.

“He fought Dean Byrne, on Byrne’s British debut, he had a couple of good rounds in that, he gave Dean problems in the fourth and the fifth and later on in the fight so he has got ability, I mean taking on a 14 and O fighter that came from the Wild Card Gym in LA and giving him trouble shows he must be handy.

“It’s a good step up, which is what I need. I don’t want to just fight journeymen that just tuck up so you can’t get them, I want someone that’s going to let go so I can find the gaps and hopefully catch him, yeah.”


Michael Maguire- Najah Ali and Turner-Frontin are both featured on the Francis and George Warren’s Queensberry promotions event, headlined by the British and Commonwealth Featherweight title clash between Lee Selby and John Simpson. takes place at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform Ch. 456 and Virgin 546), on Wednesday the 14th December 2011.

Tickets, priced  £60 (Ringside) and £40 (Standard Seated), are available now on-line or from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA 

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