UK Boxing: Williamson vs Flatley; Catterall – McKenna in Belfast

Unbeaten middleweight Troy Williamson (7-0-KO5) is in no doubt he will repeat his amateur victory over Jack Flatley on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s comeback on June 9.

Williamson outpointed Flatley in the 2015 ABA final and with the pair carrying perfect professional records into a hotly-anticipated reunion at the Manchester Arena, Williamson is confident of administering another dose of defeat.

‘Trojan’ said: “It was a fair decision when I first boxed him. He was all over social media saying he got robbed when that happened so I believe that he’s bitter over it.

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“Then I heard he said in one of his interviews the other day he’s let it go but if he didn’t accept the decision then, why’s he accepting it now?

“It’s a big risk for both of us to face each other again so early in our pro careers. Not many fighters do this and take a really tough fight at this stage. They protect their records.

“The thing about me is, I want to be the best, and to do that I need to beat the best. I’m ready for whatever it takes to get there and Flatley’s in my way.

“I’m not overlooking him just because I beat him three years ago. He’s come on as a fighter and matured. So have I.

“May the best man win. I’m the best man and that means there’s only going to be one outcome – REPEAT.”

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Catterall steps up to face McKenna in Belfast

Unbeaten super-lightweights Jack Catterall and Tyrone McKenna will collide in Belfast on June 30 after McKenna’s original opponent Phil Sutcliffe Jr suffered an injury.

News of Sutcliffe Jr’s withdrawal was quickly followed by confirmation that Lancastrian Catterall (21-0-KO12) will put his WBO world ranking title on the line in a colossal bout with McKenna (16-0-1-KO6) at The SSE Arena.

Far from complaining about facing such a high-quality replacement at four weeks’ notice, home fighter McKenna has welcomed the opportunity to pit his wits against a former sparring partner.

McKenna said: “When I heard Sutcliffe Jr was out again my heart sank but then I was told Catterall was in and it’s amazing. I’ve wanted that fight for 18 months.

“It’s extra motivation for me in camp now. Catterall is a massive name. I sparred him and I speak to him so I know what he brings to the table.”

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Catterall is equally excited to be on another big stage after his recent outing at Elland Road ended in an underwhelming early victory, when opponent Christopher Sebire appeared to sustain a shoulder injury.

Catterall said: “I’ve only had two rounds in the ring this year but I knew sooner or later I would be involved in a big fight. I was expecting a different opponent but this makes perfect sense.

“I fought just two weeks ago and it wasn’t much of a fight so this is brilliant. I’m in shape anyway and Tyrone was training. Both camps and both fighters want it and that’s great to see.”

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