Michael McKinson is ready to shine under the lights once again – World-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson is eager to trade blows with menacing Russian Evgeny Pavko for the WBO European title on Saturday.
‘The Problem’ (16-0, 2 KOs) has already claimed WBC Youth and WBC International Silver honours and now steps up again to take on hard-hitting Pavko (18-2-1, 13 KOs) on a stacked #MTKFightNight – live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV.
Far from being intimidated by his visitor’s knockout record, McKinson welcomes the chance to reiterate his class against lofty opposition back at the scene of March’s comprehensive victory over Ryan Kelly.
McKinson said ahead of the 10-round showdown: “I know Pavko is a Russian so he’s bound to be tough and he’s clearly a puncher too. He’s going to come over looking to take my head off but that excites me. He can try!
“Like I always do under pressure, I’ll perform better. Diamonds are made under pressure. I’d much rather have the motivation to produce the goods when it comes to these big fights.
“I’m still relatively early in my career. I’m always improving and developing in the gym. You’ve only seen a little bit of what I’m capable of.
“My potential is massive. With these big fights, people can check in on my journey and each time, they’ll be more and more excited by what they see. I’m heading for the top.”
Cameron vs Basheel
Undefeated Chantelle Cameron is expecting a thrilling WBC final eliminator with Anisha Basheel on Saturday but is adamant the Malawian’s aggression will be in vain.
‘Il Capo’ (10-0, 7 KOs) hosts ‘The Massacre’ Basheel (8-5, 8 KOs), who is on a run of eight straight knockout wins, on a huge #MTKFightNight at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on Saturday – live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV.
With Cameron known as a puncher herself, the fight may well steal a show that also stars a WBO European welterweight collision between world-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson and dangerous Russian Evgeny Pavko plus Shaquille Day vs. Louis Adolphe for the Southern Area crown.
Cameron said ahead of the 10-rounder: “Basheel is a serious threat. She’s knocked out eight in a row and it’s a big step up. It’s going to be a good, good fight and I’m looking forward to it. I know she can bang.
“Also, we’ve got to see if she can take a shot too. I don’t know many of her opponents so I question whether they can hit. She’s got to take my power. I’ll be switched on with head movement because I know she’s a puncher.
“Basheel and I are both big punchers. Basheel’s knockout record is very good. The difference is, she’s wild with it and comes gunning in. I pick my shots and go body and head.
“As long as I stay switched on, I’m going to hurt her. I know she can whack so I’m going to be careful with her power but she’s never been hit by anyone like me so I think that’ll be a shock to her. She’s very reliant on her power.
“I think I’ve got too much for her in every department. Whatever she brings to the table, I’ll bring better – speed, power, skills. I’ve worked too hard to lose to Basheel.”
The winner of the bout earns a shot at unified world lightweight champion Katie Taylor.
Cameron not caught up in Taylor hype
Undefeated Chantelle Cameron is solely focused on her WBC final eliminator with Anisha Basheel amid the clamour over her possible clash with Katie Taylor.
The vicious ‘Il Capo’ (10-0, 7 KOs) heads for the #MTKFightNight in Brentwood on July 20 to face heavy-handed Basheel, who is on a run of eight straight stoppage wins.
With the dangerous Malawi puncher in front of her and the winner earning a mandatory shot at WBC, IBF, WBO and WBA world lightweight champion Taylor, Cameron knows she can’t afford to get ahead of herself.
Cameron said: “There’s obviously been a lot of hype about myself fighting Katie and that’s the fight I want down the line but it’s Basheel who’s in my way right now. I try to ignore anything else.
“Some people are talking too much about the Taylor fight. I’ve got Basheel first and me against Katie doesn’t happen unless I win this fight. I’ve got a real job on my hands in Basheel first.
“Of course, the rise of women’s boxing with unification fights like Taylor vs. Delfine Persoon and Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer is great.
“Katie’s now got all the belts in my division and I want them but if I don’t get through Basheel in Brentwood then that fight doesn’t happen.”
MTK Global is delighted to confirm its next visit to Brentwood will be screened live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank as well as iFL TV.
The event, which will feature leading talent and include title fights, will take place at the Brentwood Centre on July 20 and former world title challenger Liam Walsh and world-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson are already confirmed to feature.
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “We’ve been really encouraged by the appetite for boxing in Essex and it’s great for the area that the big time has come knocking.
“Last time we were there, Liam wowed the crowds with a stoppage win and we’re keen to put on even more exciting fights this time around. Michael enjoyed a great win there in his last fight too and he’ll have big support travelling up from the south coast again.
“There have been some great fighters from the area down the years and in addition to bigger names at the top of the bill, we look forward to welcoming some show-stealing prospects on the undercard.
“These ESPN+ shows are already receiving praise and we are excited about raising the bar with them each time.”
News of further fights and fighters starring on the show will be published in due course.