Tough First WBF Defense For Hanshaw On July 14

World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Travis Hanshaw could be in for a tough time when he takes on Roy King in hist first title-defense on July 14 at Boyd County Community Center in Catlettsburg, Kentucky, USA.

Hanshaw, 13-1-1 (7), pitched a shut-out when winning the vacant title against David Markert last November, boxing excellently as he won every round on all three judges cards. He is expected to face much more resistance from King.

Roy King, born in New York but now residing in Johnson City in Tennessee, is 10-1-1 (5) since turning professional four years ago. A durable and aggressive campaigner, he has gone undefeated in his last nine outings and will surely come to upset the local favourite.

Also known as “The Rattlesnake”, 26-year-old Hanshaw from Ashland, only a few miles away from Catlettsburg, has developed a good following in Kentucky, and his return to the ring is eagerly anticipated by his followers. They can almost certainly expect an action-packed fight on July 14.

Travis Hanshaw´s defense of the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title against Roy King, likely his sternest test to date, will be the main event of a show promoted by East Coast Promotions.

Padraig McCrory signs for MTK Global

MTK Global is proud to confirm the signing of exciting super-middleweight Padraig McCrory.

The 29-year-old McCrory (3-0-KO2) fights out of Belfast and has already caught the eye with recent back-to-back knockout victories – the latest a devastating one-punch demolition of Manny Bique in February.

Standing at an imposing 6′ 2″, McCrory is trained by Ray and Mark Ginley having enjoyed a successful career as an amateur; picking up the Ulster Elite title in 2014 before turning professional in 2017.

The ambitious McCrory said: “I’m about being the best. I signed with MTK because I know they are the team to be with if I want to take my career to the next level.

“I’ve seen the work they’re already doing with my team-mates Lewis Crocker, the Upton brothers and all the Belfast-based lads and I need to be a part of what’s going on with boxing in the city.

“The brand is massive and will continue to grow. It’s a pleasure to be a part of it.”

MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan – a Belfast boxing hero himself – is delighted to have secured the arrival of McCrory.

Conlan said: “It’s great to have Padraig as part of the team and to add to the buzzing boxing scene in Belfast.

“‘Poddy’ is three fights in with two highlight reel knockouts already and they’re a signal of his huge potential. We’re all really looking forward to seeing him push on now in 2018.”

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