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UK Boxing: Gary McArthur; Gary Sykes; Chris Black

Gary McArthur’s Scottish title challenge has been cancelled – due to the threat of industrial action by Glasgow Culture & Sport employees. Clydebank Blitz McArthur was due face champ Stuart Green of Glenrothes for the Scottish light-welterweight title at Scotstoun Sports Campus on Friday, May 28. But the show has now been called off as employees of Culture & Sport, which operates Scotstoun Sports Campus, are planning to strike that day over pay and conditions..

Promoter Chris Gilmour said: “It’s a real disappointment that I’ve had to cancel the show, but under the circumstances there was really no other option.

“I know both sides are trying hard to resolve the dispute, but there is no guarantee that will happen and I would hate to go ahead and then have to cancel it on the day because we can’t get access to the hall or there aren’t enough staff working to guarantee the safety of spectators.

“Both Gary and Stuart are absolutely gutted – as am I – because they were looking forward to what could have been the domestic fight of the year. But I’ll look to re-schedule it for early next season, perhaps September, because it would be a shame if the public were to completely miss out on a fight like this.

“Jamie McLevy and Chris Black are both struggling with injuries and may not have made the bill anyway, so the postponement will give them an opportunity to recover and get themselves 100% fit for the new season.

“I’m also really disappointed for the other fighters on the bill – Paul McElhinney, Ryan McNicol, John Downie and Richard Barclay – but hopefully we’ll be able to get them fixed up on other shows over the next few weeks.”


SYKES WARNED NOT TO UNDER-ESTIMATE O’HARA

GARY SYKES has been told by his own team that Belfast’s Kevin O’Hara will give him the fight of his life.

The undefeated Dewsbury fighter makes the first defence of his British super-featherweight title against O’Hara at Huddersfield Leisure Centre on Friday May 28.

Sykes (14-0) won snatched the title in March with a convincing points win over Andy Morris.
But trainer Chris Aston warned: “It is fair to say O’Hara is a real handful.

“I’m confident Gary will win, but O’Hara has all the credential to give him a hard night.”

O’Hara (17-5) challenged WBO number one contender Ricky Burns last summer and only lost narrowly on points against the world class Scot.

Aston added: “Gary will have to get rounds in the bag early on in the knowledge that O’Hara will come strong later in the fight. Gary will have to box, think and scrap all at the same time, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

And Ireland’s former WBA featherweight champion Barry McGuigan believes an upset for the Irishman is on the cards.

He added: “It will be a tough fight, but if Kevin performs on the night, he could get the job done, and it would be great to have another British champion from Belfast.”

Promoter Frank Maloney is putting together a talent stacked undercard for the bill that is being televised live by Sky Sports.

There are some tickets left price £30 and £65 from 0871 226 1508 or www.frankmaloney.com


BLACK & McLEVY PUSHING FOR TITLE GLORY

Rising stars Chris Black and Jamie McLevy have been told to turn on the style and blast themselves into title contention.

The duo are in action at Scotstoun Sports Campus on Friday, May 28 and impressive victories could land both a Scottish title fight, according to manager Tommy Gilmour.

Coatbridge light-middleweight – who claimed the British Masters title in his last fight – is homing in on Scottish title challenge against Irish-born, Glasgow-based champ Ciaran Duffy

And Whiteinch welterweight Savage will be looking to stretch his unbeaten record to seven and move towards matching his Scottish title triumphs as an amateur in the pro ranks.

Gilmour said: “Both Chris and Jamie are entering really exciting phases of their careers. Since they turned pro it has all been about learning their trade, but now is the time for them to step up and prove they have what it takes to challenge for major titles.

“I want both Chris and Jamie to go out and take care of business impressively on May 28. It’s important that they don’t just win, but win in style because I want both to prove they are ready for Scottish title challenges in their respective weight divisions.”

In the top of the bill, Clydebank’s Gary McArthur challenges Scottish light-welterweight champion Stuart Green of Glenrothes.

And in two further intriguing all-Scottish clashes Bearden super-featherweight Richard Barclay faces Newarthill’s John Downie, whilst super-bantamweights Paul McElhinney of Newlands and Govanhill’s Ryan McNicol are also in action on the Chris Gilmour Boxing promotion.

Tickets are priced at £40 (reserved seating) and £30 (unreserved seating) and are available on 0141 810 5700 or through any of the boxers on the bill.

Article posted on 15.05.2010



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