10 April 2010 – By Steve Wellings
As Kieran Farrell staked his claim for an Irish title shot through these very pages last week, East Belfasts Luke Wilton has said he is happy to fight the unbeaten Manchester man if Farrell can make eight stone.
I can make eight stone comfortably so theres no point in moving up to super-flyweight until I can no longer make the flyweight limit, stated Wilton, who is eager to compete in his natural division where a shot at the British title could soon materialise.
I think Id beat (former British king) Chris Edwards over 12 rounds, opined Luke. Edwards fights at a fast pace and likes to keep it in your face but I box in a similar fashion. I can keep going non-stop or slow up the pace to suit.
Luke still has an eye on former conqueror Usman Ahmed but admitted that the Derby slickster was looking in other directions when his team approached Uzzy as a potential foe on Alios May 8 Holiday Inn show.
We wanted Ahmed for the next fight but hes unavailable, Wilton confirmed.
If an offer was on the table to fight the winner of Ashley Sexton-Shinny Bayaar (in Dagenham on May 15) then Id certainly take it and that has been talked about. If I can get a good win in my eight-rounder then theres nothing stopping me from fighting for the British title. There are only five flyweights in Britain and everyone else has had a crack at the title so it must be my turn next.
We cant find anybody suitable for the Holiday Inn at the moment. Francis Croes was mentioned, Ahmeds unavailable and Ive already beaten Kevin Coglan so its probably going to be an international opponent.
Two decent former amateurs are set to make their professional debuts on the upcoming card and Wilton has been sharing the ring with one as part of ongoing preparations.
Ive sparred 30-odd rounds with Paul Keyes and hes looking sharp in readiness for his professional debut. Brian Cussack is raring to go as well. Were getting all the posters ready at the moment; its going to be a good show.
The final message goes to 4-0 Kieran Farrell.
If Farrell can get down in weight then Im more than happy to accommodate him at eight stone, said Wilton.