Unbeaten Scottish star Lee McGregor is ready to kick on and achieve big things over the next year - and that starts when he faces Ryan Walker on Wednesday's MTK Fight Night.
British and Commonwealth bantamweight king McGregor (8-0, 6 KOs) steps up to 122lbs to take on former Southern Area super-bantamweight champion Walker (11-1, 2 KOs) on a massive card at Production Park Studios in Wakefield - live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
It is McGregor's first fight back since his historic battle with Kash Farooq at a sold out Emirates Arena in November 2019, and the Edinburgh man wants more occasions like that.
McGregor said: "I can't wait to be back. A win in this fight gets me back in the swing of things and then we can crack on and possibly get a defence of my titles in before the end of the year too.
"Then the plan is to push on for a big 2021. It was a brilliant win in my last fight against Kash Farooq and the whole experience was unbelievable, so I want to have nights like that again as I love being involved in them.
"It's been a tough few months for everyone but I've tried to take the positives out of it. I was out in Fuerteventura for a bit doing some training with Josh Taylor and Billy Joe Saunders, and that was brilliant out there.
"They are two amazing fighters and world champion, so I couldn't have asked for better fighters to train alongside. I picked up a lot over there, and I'll show that in this fight."
McGregor vs. Walker is part of a huge bill on Wednesday, which also features Lewis Crocker and Louis Greene clashing for the WBO European welterweight title, plus Darren Tetley and Liam Taylor meet in a British title eliminator.
Elsewhere on the card, undefeated Gary Cully faces Craig Woodruff, Fearghus Quinn makes his highly-anticipated professional debut against Robbie Chapman, while amateur sensation James McGivern makes his professional debut against Jamie Quinn.
Earlier this week undefeated rising star, super lightweight Omar “Relámpago” Juárez (8-0, 4 KO’s), flew out to Las Vegas to get top notch sparring in preparation for his upcoming bout tentatively scheduled for early September. During his visit, Juarez sparred with WBA world champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22 KOs), a session that took place at the Mayweather Boxing Gym in front of Floyd Mayweather.
“It was incredible to be in the ring with Tank Davis,” said Juarez. “Gervonta has tremendous power to go along with his high ring IQ. We went six rounds and I got to experience what the elite level of boxing is like. I got tagged a couple of times but held my own. Tank is no joke and I favorite him to beat Leo Santa Cruz. Floyd Mayweather was very cool and gave me some good compliments after sparring the second day."
In addition, Juarez got work with others in the Mayweather gym as well as getting some good sparring at Jorge Capetillo's gym. Juarez sparred three days straight and gained a lot of good experience.
“The knowledge I gained this week is invaluable and will make me a better fighter,” Juarez continued. “I’m grateful to all the fighters and trainers in Las Vegas who welcomed me with open arms. I’m going to take everything that I learned and apply it to my game moving forward.”
It took some time to happen but the highly anticipated professional debut of heavyweight boxer Jeremiah Milton (1-0, 1 KO) proved to be worth the wait as he knocked out Dennis Vance Jr. (1-2, 1 KO) at 1:15 mark of round one, a bout that took place last night as a part of “DETROIT BRAWL AT THE LEGENDARY KRONK” event at Detroit’s Kronk Gym. The event was presented by Salita Promotions and streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
After taking his time in the first minute of the round, Milton landed a powerful straight right hand to the head of Vance Jr. as he was jumping in, trying to land a power punch of his own. The devastating punch sent Vance Jr. to the canvas and he couldn’t recover, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
“I’m thankful to God for the opportunity to showcase my hard work,” said the Olympic trials second-place finisher Milton, seconds after his professional debut. “My team who got behind me, more than prepared me for this moment. To my mother who above all believed in me and to my brother Brian, who I made the commitment to see this through at the time of your passing, you will always be with me big brother.”
“Jeremiah is a special fighter who has all the skills to be a world champion, and this was a great start to his career," said Mike Leanardì, CEO of Victory Sports Management. “This camp has been very hard, as he has had opponents who couldn't make it to fight night because of the COVID-19 virus. I am impressed with the poise and professionalism of Jeremiah as he put on a spectacular performance.”
"Last night Jeremiah showed why he is one of the most exciting heavyweights emerging in the division," said Rick Torres, President of Victory Sports Management. "Jeremiah is one of these special fighters who will provide fight fans with great fights for years to come."