Matt Wilton Joins the Family Business
By Jonny Stapleton
Matt Wilton has finally decided to join the family business. The three time Ulster amateur champion joins his bill topping brother Luke Wilton on a Holliday in show run by their parents and makes his pro debut tomorrow night.
Wilton’s has an decorated amateur decorated enough to suggest he could have turned pro some time ago. However, whilst his brother flyweight ’Winky’ Wilton has been doing his utmost to secure a British title shot Matt had been enjoying boxing from spectator vantage point.
The fighter, who make his debut at middleweight but plans to campaign long term at welter, took a sabbatical from the fight game after he was stopped with just ten seconds remaining in an Ulster final. Wilton was 14 points to the good and suffered a cut nose with just second left. The stoppage left such a bad taste in the Belfast fighters mouth that he stayed away from taking part in fight menus for a while.
The gloves are back on now and the Eastside boxing graduate is happy to competing in a family affair this Friday.
“As an amateur I won to or three Ulster championships, the Antrims twice. I also won the All Irelands once and went to the four nations and got a bronze medal. Following that in I suffered a real bad decision in the Ulster final and decided to walk away from the game. I had a few fights on club shows and my father put it to me and asked of I’d like to give the pro game a try. I am very excited about the fight it will be a great buzz. I’ve been training hard for it. It will be good making the debut under Luke it will make for a great atmosphere,” Wilton told www.irish-boxing.com.
It is no secret his brother Luke intentions are to get a British title shot as soon as physically possible, but Matt Wilton is singing of the one fight at a time hymn sheet. Wilton, who was courted by Eugene Maloney when he a teenager, was sure not to look to far into boxing crystal ball by making too many career predictions.
However, the talented prospect, who becomes the latest member of the Irish boxing family tomorrow, will promise the fans a good show in the Holiday Inn tomorrow.
“The short term plans are to get down to welter weight after this fight then just take every fight as it comes and take it from there. The only thing I no is this guys name. The fans can expect a good show and all being well I great pro debut on my part.”