By Daniel Mole: Cannock’s Dave Egan faces his toughest test to date when he takes on Mark McKray at the Paragon Hotel, Digbeth, Birmingham on Friday evening. The 29 year-old (5-0) puts his unblemished record to the test against the tough Londoner over 6 x 3 minute rounds. It’s a step up in rounds – Egan’s previous five fights have all been 4×3’s – and also a step up in class as McKray has 25 professional fights under his belt.
“I know he’s a good kid who is dangerous,” Egan told www.uko-boxing.com. “Doing six three minute rounds is a step up too. It’s by far the biggest fight of my career to date.
“I’ve had five professional fights. He’s had five times as many (professional fights) as me. He’s been in with some good fighters and is an experienced, seasoned fighter.”
Egan was set to face Moroccan Joe Elfidh but that fight was postponed after Tommy Owens and Jon Pegg’s show was moved from the Saturday to the Friday evening. Egan knows all about McKray though, having witnessed his one-round demolition of Burton’s Tom Shaw back in January.
Both Egan and McKray fought on the undercard of Frankie Gavin’s successful British Welterweight Title defence at Walsall Town Hall. That night, McKray dispensed of Shaw with a series of vicious blows and Egan is wary of his opponent’s undoubted power.
“Tom Shaw was a top kid,” added Egan. “He was 8-0 when he fought McKray and is a former English Amateur Champion. McKray hit him that hard he didn’t know where he was.
“His head was totally gone and that’s the danger of McKray. That said, I need these kinds of tests. I’m still a novice and these are the kind of tests I need to see how far I can go.
“There’s no doubt I’ll feel McKray’s power during the fight and that will answer a few questions. I want to see how far I can go in this game, so I need the step up.”
Egan’s appetite for pushing his career forward was whetted on Friday evening as he watched his stablemate, Sam Eggington, lift the Midlands Area Welterweight Title. 19 year-old Eggington dispatched Steven Pearce in the seventh round and Egan, watching from ringside, is hoping to emulate his pal in the not too distant future.
“Watching Sam win the Midlands title has given me the bug for getting a belt myself. He was a lot more experienced than me as an amateur though so although I’m a lot older than him, he’s more experienced in terms of fights.
“I’ve spoken to (trainer) Jon Pegg, and in the next couple of fights, I’d like to compete for a title. That said, I’ve got to get past McKray first.”
Birmingham trio Tommy Langford, Craig Cunningham and Marcus French are also in action along with Brummie debutants Michael Rooney and Karl Wiggins. Tickets for the show are priced at £30 unreserved seating, £40 ringside or £50 to also include a steak dinner. They can be purchased by calling 07967 166 643.