Iain Butcher is looking to right the wrongs from his last fight at the Emirates Arena when he returns there next week to challenge Scott Allan for the Celtic bantamweight title.
Butcher (18-4) is in action at the Emirates Arena again a few months after fighting for the British bantamweight title at the same venue, and he plans on making amends for his last contest.
He said: “It’s great to be back at the Emirates Arena, and I’m hoping to overcome the loss from last time and right the wrongs. I’m confident of getting a big win this time and we’ll see why on the night.
“The fight is live on iFL TV and hopefully a lot of people tune in to see a great show. It’s good to be on these packed cards, and since MTK Global have started expanding and signing big deals, it’s helped to give the boxers some brilliant exposure.”
“Camp has been running very smoothly and I’ve been putting in the hard graft needed. I’ve been working on key things we need for the fight, and my fitness and technique is all up to scratch.”
Butcher’s showdown with Allan isn’t the only title fight on the bill in Glasgow, as Kieran Smith defends his WBC International Silver super-welterweight belt against Adam Harper.
Unbeaten London light-heavyweight Dan Azeez has championed the #MTKFightNight series as he ramps up his pursuit of domestic titles.
The rising Lewisham star (7-0-KO4) is eyeing a shot at new English champion Kirk Garvey, who relieved the experienced Miles Shinkwin of the title on March 2.
With MTK Global shows broadcast on iFL TV gathering momentum and a huge deal with Top Rank and ESPN announced on Monday, Azeez is hopeful his big night is within touching distance.
Azeez said: “I’ve never really been in touch with Kirk Garvey himself – it was more his trainer, Adam, who is a really nice guy.
“At the end of the day, like I’ve said before, I’ve simply got my eyes on the prizes – the Southern Area and the English titles to start with.
“Whoever is holding the titles should know that I’m coming for them. It’s nothing personal. I just want those titles and there is nothing that’s going to stop me.
“These #MTKFightNight shows are wicked. I won’t name names but a lot of the other boxers who are on other small hall shows are always saying to me: ‘Those MTK Global shows look sick!’
“These shows don’t even feel like small hall shows and I’ve boxed at York Hall three times now. I can’t wait to be back on another one and maybe it’ll be for one of these titles. Who knows?”
Azeez was last In action stopping Stanislav Eschner at York Hall back in February.
The #MTKFightNight series now heads to Glasgow for a March 22 show at Emirates Arena.
Scottish star Reece McFadden wants to be fast-tracked into title contention once he’s completed his whirlwind weekend that features a fight and his wedding in less than 24 hours.
Two-time Commonwealth Games medallist McFadden (1-0) makes his return live on iFL TV on an MTK Fight Night show at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on March 22.
The following day, he is then set to get married to his partner Samantha, and he’s targeting big things later in the year.
McFadden said: “After this fight I get married and go on my honeymoon, and then once I’m back from enjoying my marriage I want to get fast-tracked to British and Commonwealth titles.
“I get married at 2:30pm the day after my fight, so I’ll be trying my best not to get any marks! My fiancé is fine with it though and she’s confident in my ability.
“Preparations have gone well for the fight. We’re at the stage now where training is starting to taper down, and things have been ideal for my second fight.”
It is a packed in Glasgow next week, which features Iain Butcher challenging Scott Allan for the Celtic bantamweight title, and Kieran Smith defending his WBC International Silver super-welterweight title against Adam Harper.
Kieran Smith is confident he’ll have the answers for anything Adam Harper attempts to do when the two men meet at MTK Fight Night in Glasgow on March 22.
Smith (13-0-KO6) defends his WBC International Silver belt against Harper on a packed bill at the Emirates Arena, and he feels he’ll have all the tools needed to win the contest.
Smith said: “We’re two weeks away now and preparations have gone great. I’m ready to beat Adam Harper and I think I can beat him any way that I want.
“If he chooses to stand and box me then he’s got no chance of doing that, and if he wants to make it a fight then there’s only one man here who can punch and that’s me. I’m a much bigger guy than him and I can push him about if I want, so it’s up to me how the fight pans out.
“With that said, he’s still my toughest opponent to date, but performance wise I think that will bring the best out of me. He’s the English champion and I’m getting these bigger fights now which is good.
“We’re back at the Emirates Arena again and that has become a kind of home for MTK in Scotland, and it keeps growing and growing with every show that we have there.”
Highly-rated Scottish super-welterweight Michael McGurk (11-0-KO3) is determined to shine on the MTK Global show in Glasgow on March 22 – live on iFL TV.
The former WBC world youth champion ended a year out of the ring in November with a clinical victory and with the ring rust now gone, he’s keen to prove himself one of the best 154lb fighters in the UK.
McGurk said: “I really enjoyed getting back in the swing of things at the back end of last year but I know I can improve massively on that performance.
“This time around, I’ll be sharper, more powerful and generally better so the fans who show up will be getting their money’s worth.
“I’ve really been enjoying my sparring and my training and I’m looking forward to putting on a good performance at the Emirates Arena, which has already become a key venue for Scottish boxing.
“After the past couple of years I’ve had – involving lots of frustration, I’m just dying to get out and fight more regularly to make some serious statements to the rest of the division.”
Joining Uddingston’s McGurk on a busy night of boxing are MTK Global team-mates Kieran Smith, who defends his WBC ranking title against Adam Harper and Iain Butcher, who challenges Scott Allan for the BBBofC Celtic bantamweight title.
Also on the show are other local talents such as Lewis Benson, David Brophy, Reece McFadden and Jack Turner.
Talented super-lightweight Lewis Benson is brimming with enthusiasm and ready to make 2019 his after suffering back-to-back controversial points defeats.
Scotland’s ‘Kid Caramel’ (10-2-KO2) was denied by Johnny Coyle and Tyrone McKenna in close decisions but is confident of taking the first step back towards title fights when he returns on the MTK Global show in Glasgow on March 22.
Benson said: “I’m positive, upbeat and I feel amazing. Those defeats put me down but they didn’t put me out and 2019 will be a massive year for me. I’m buzzing, focused and I’m loving been back in the gym. I’m really looking forward to this year.
“The atmosphere for my last fight at Emirates Arena was fantastic. My supporters did me proud last time and I’m sure they’re going to be back again in their droves. This time, I’m going to get the result!
“Nobody had seen what I could do until my last fight and afterwards, people on social media were giving me such a lot of respect. Everyone in the boxing world knew what I put on the line and what I did.
“I’ve got to win a title this year. After my last performances, people can see the improvements so this year, I’m 100% going to win titles. This is why I’m staying in the game. I’ve got some fire in my belly.”
As a standout amateur, Benson won Scottish and British titles before turning professional in 2015 – winning his first 10 fights in the paid ranks.