“It’s time to give it everything” – Luke Wilton targets title tussles


The ring rust has been oiled and Luke Wilton [20(7)-5(1)-1] is ready for to challenge for domestic titles again.

Have boxed three times in just under four years between May of 2014 and March of 2017 the Belfast super flyweight made it three wins and, probably more importantly, 16 rounds in just three months at the Ulster Hall on Saturday night.

Now having racked up three quick fire wins against Georgi Georgiev, Steven Maguire and Patrik Bartos, the Wilton is ready for more distinguished names.

The former British and Commonwealth title challenger claims phase one of the comeback is complete and he now wants names and titles.

‘Winky’ claims he is “ready” and reiterated his desire to win a British title.

“That’s 16 rounds in three months, it’s shaken off all the ring rust that I had,” Wilton explained to Irish-Boxing.com following his comfortable six-round points triumph over Bartos..

“I am ready for anyone, domestic titles I am ready to jump in for. There is no point hanging about I am 30 years of age I have one or two years left. It’s time to give it everything.”

“I am waiting on the phone to ring now. I am ready to go.”

With 20 wins under his belt and having faced fighters like Kevin Satchell and world champions Charlie Edwards and Lee Haskins, Wilton shouldn’t find a domestic shot to hard to come by in the lesser populated smaller weights.

The team of Dubliner Dylan McDonagh [3(1)-2(0)] are keen on a BBBoC Celtic title fight and ‘The Firecracker’ was ringside on Saturday.

Away from this potential domestic, Wilton revealed that he was recently offered a bout with Tommy Frank [9(1)-0] but turned it down due to short notice.

The undefeated Yorkshire prospect wanted to face the Eastside fighter for a ranking title from one of the four major organisations but now fights Ross Murray for the vacant super flyweight Commonwealth belt.

Wilton reveals the offer he had suggested that they would trade leather in February and claims that if the March date now penciled in for ‘Super’ Frank had have been presented to him he would have accepted.

“I had an offer the other week to fight Tommy Frank, but it was at two weeks notice and then they pushed it back. If it had have been March originally it wouldn’t have been a problem.”

“It was for an Inter Continental title and then they changed it to the Commonwealth title which would have been perfect. But if it’s not for me it won’t pass me,” he continued before reflecting on his ‘A Night To Remember’ win at the Ulster Hall.

“He spoiled a lot. He threw a few pop shots, but I sorta had to engage with him to try and  bring him out a bit, but apart from that…”

“Every round he deteriorated more. I probably should of tried to push more, but I got six rounds.”

“I will have a week off now and chill out a bit. I have had two fights in two weeks and it used to be two fights in a year. It’s 10 rounds so I am happy.”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com