UK News: McKinson, Adewale, Jay Harris, Brown, Dignum, More

World-ranked Michael McKinson realises he may be forced to call out the welterweight’s divisions big names as he continues his march to world titles.
‘The Problem’ has already raced to a record of 15-0 and defends his WBC International Silver crown against the dangerous Ryan Kelly on the MTK Global show in Brentwood on March 9 – live on iFL TV.
With his previous call-outs of the likes of Conor Benn met with silence, McKinson is happy to continue sending messages both with words and fists.
McKinson said: “The only way to get these big fights is start using my mouth and start calling these big names out. That’s the only way to get noticed!
“I’ve been stepped up a few times and all that’s happened is that I’ve looked better and better.
“My potential is massive and fighting Sam McNess last time out was supposed to be a big step up. I made it look relatively easy. I don’t believe I lost a round – it was one-sided.
“I’m still young and I’ve a lot of improving to do.I signed with MTK Global at the beginning of the summer knowing how many doors they can open for me and we’re getting there."

Josh Adewale has fired a warning at opponent Victor Edagha – urging him not to be negative and to come to win when the two men meet at York Hall on Friday.

Middleweight prospect Adewale (1-0) competes in his second professional contest when he competes on the MTK Global show live on iFL TV.

His first fight saw him defeat experienced Liam Griffiths on points, and the lessons Adewale learned in that fight has led to him sending a message to his next opponent.

Adewale said: “I hope he comes to win, as then I’ll be able to do a job on him properly. My last opponent didn’t come to win. He had only been stopped three times in nearly 100 fights but he was good at running and being negative.

“I didn’t feel like it was a boxing match, so hopefully my opponent on Friday tries a bit more. I know I need to take care of these guys as best as I can though, because there is no point trying to run before you can walk.

“I’m going to have a couple more four rounders and then I’d like to move on to six rounds. In the four round fights you get in the ring and by the time the first round is done it feels like the fight is nearly over. It was the same for the amateurs too.

“I want to hopefully get five fights under my belt this year and then next year I’ll be in a better position to push on for more and show everybody what I’m capable of.”


Unbeaten Commonwealth flyweight champion Jay Harris has criticised the opposition of European champion Vincent Legrand after the Welsh star was made mandatory for his title.

Harris (14-0) returns to action at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff on March 1, and it’s been a good week for the 28-year-old after being made mandatory for both the British title and now the European title.

The European belt is held by Legrand, and Harris has made it perfectly clear just what he thinks of the Frenchman ahead of a potential future meeting.

Harris said: “I am very pleased to be made mandatory for the European title. It’s a massive title and one that can shoot me up the rankings.

“Vincent Legrand is the champion and is very tall at the weight. I think he’s around 5 foot 8, which is massive for flyweight. He’s a straight puncher and very correct, but he is beatable.

“Apart from a couple of guys, he hasn’t really fought anyone. In his last few fights he’s been having six rounders, and one of them was against an opponent with a losing record.

“He shouldn’t be fighting people like that at 29-0. I wouldn’t mind fighting him in his backyard and winning, but you know what they say over there, you have to knock them out to win. It’s a massive risk, but without risk there’s no reward.”

Akeem Ennis Brown believes the quality of opposition he has faced so far will be the big difference when he takes on Bilal Rehman next week.

The two undefeated boxers meet in a crunch clash for the IBF European super-lightweight title at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff on March 1, live on iFL TV.

Brown (12-0) has already beaten the likes of Glenn Foot, Chris Jenkins and Darragh Foley in his career, and he expects that to play a big part in the outcome of his fight with Rehman.

Brown said: “If you compare what I’ve done in my career so far with what Bilal has done, it speaks for itself. Before the fight was announced I hadn’t really paid much attention to him as I only really focus on the guys in the top ten.

“That’s not to disrespect him, as since it’s been announced I’ve had a look at him and he does have a lot of spark about him. He’s obviously not scared because he’s stood up and said he’ll take this fight. There are a lot of people we offer fights to and they turn it down.

“People will write him off when you compare his record to mine, but I think it says something about him that he’s taking the fight. He’s a 12-0 undefeated fighter like me, and he’s willing to take everything I’ve worked for, so that gets me excited.

“I’m prepared for my hardest fight. That’s not saying he’s the hardest opponent I’ve fought, but that’s the mentality that I bring to all of my fights now.

“It’s all about getting the right fights in 2019. In the past it may have been about just getting as many fights as possible, but that’s because there was no risk before. Now I want to fight the best as my ultimate goal is to get a world title, so it’s about being smart.”

Brown’s fight with Rehman is part of a packed bill live on iFL TV in Cardiff, that also features undefeated Commonwealth flyweight champion Jay Harris taking on Jaba Memishishi.

There is an exciting featherweight clash between Jacob Robinson and Jonny Phillips, with exciting stars like Alex Hughes, Kieran Gething, Maredudd Thomas and Sultan Zaurbek are in action on the undercard.

Rising star Danny Dignum hopes a win over Aryee Ayittey this week can propel him towards fights with the likes of Mark Heffron in the near future.

Dignum (9-0-KO5) takes on Ayittey on an MTK Global show live on iFL TV at York Hall on Friday.

Ayittey previously fought Heffron back in October, and Dignum hopes he can beat him in quicker fashion and send out a statement to his domestic rivals.

Dignum said: “Mark Heffron got him out of there in four rounds, and I’d like to get him out there early as well. If I don’t get him out earlier then doing the rounds will give me great experience.

"I believe it’s not long before I start taking on the likes of Mark Heffron or similar opponents like that. Don’t get me wrong, I rate Mark Heffron, but I also believe in my own ability.

“Ayittey got a very good record and I need fights like this for me to push towards titles. It’s a step up but it’s going to bring the best out of me.

"I don’t know much about him but I know he will be tough and strong, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 02-22-2019

The BBBofC have made an order for Andrew Selby to defend (the title he hasn't entertained for over two & half years) against Jay Harris. Well I can't see it happen, so why not just match Harris Vs Charlie Hoy…

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