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UK Boxing: Nathaniel May; David Price; Stephen Ormond

MTK Global is delighted to confirm the signing of world-ranked featherweight Nathaniel ‘Cheeky’ May.

The 23-year-old (19-1-KO11) has blazed a trail through Australian boxing since making his professional debut in 2013 and is ready to begin his assault on major titles.

May, who trains in Freddie Roach’s legendary Wild Card gym, said: “This is a big opportunity for me.


“Most of the big names in boxing are signed with MTK Global nowadays. I’m happy to sign a contract with them and I’m really looking forward to getting started.

“We have a fight with the new coaching team that will dust off some of the cobwebs and then we’ll see what’s next.

“I’m loving training in Los Angeles so far. It feels like home. I’ve come all the way from Australia and they’ve welcomed me with open arms so I’m loving it.

“I’ve got a good left hook and a good right hand. My left hook has got me through my whole career but anything that lands should be good.”

MTK Global International Consultant Mike Altamura added: “It’s great to bring a fighter of Nathaniel’s calibre on board. His record and ranking speak for themselves.

“Everyone in Australia already knows he’s a special talent so we’re looking forward to bringing him to a wider audience and helping him fulfil his dream – becoming a world champion.”

May is currently ranked by both the IBF and the WBO.

Price vs Sexy Turner

Huge-hitting heavyweight David Price is relishing the prospect of clashing with Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner at MTK Global’s Belfast show on October 5 – live on BoxNation.

The Titanic Exhibition Centre will stage another huge night of boxing for the city and Price (22-5-KO18) is enthusiastic over the prospect of facing off with Turner (12-3-KO8) with plenty at stake.

Price rocked former world champion Alexander Povetkin before succumbing to a stoppage defeat last time out, while Turner put on a brave display in defeat to the fast-rising Nathan Gorman.

Price feels neither man can afford another defeat if they’re to keep their designs on ‘the big time’ in the realms of possibility – and revealed Turner called for the fight in the immediate aftermath of the loss to Gorman.

Price said: “I’m fully motivated for this one because of the opposition. Sean Turner is a very good fighter and this is the perfect fight for me coming off my last fight.

“Turner lost against Nathan Gorman in his last fight so he has a point to prove. He’s hungry just like me and there are big fights for the winner. For the loser, there’s nowhere to go.

“We had other offers but we’ve made the right choice here. It’s a calculated decision to fight Sean and the pressure is on.

“I actually met Sean after the Gorman fight and he looked at me with blood all over his face and told me I was next! I know he’s had a lot of good wins and a couple of losses just like me so it’s a great crossroads fight.

“I feel no pressure to compete with Gorman’s victory. I’m on my own path and will stay in my own lane. I’m under no illusions – Sean Turner is a top opponent but I’m ready to do the business and I’m looking forward to getting back in there.”

Another stellar night of Belfast boxing also sees super-featherweights Declan Geraghty and Marco McCullough face off with the likes of Steven Ward, Tyrone McCullagh and Padraig McCrory also in action.

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Ormond aims at world champion ahead of Ashie clash

Stephen Ormond believes the sky’s the limit ahead of Friday’s mouthwatering clash with world-ranked George Ashie and has his sights trained on a world champion.

‘The Rock’ – a former European lightweight champion – knows he faces a tough task in Ghana’s Ashie on the MTK Global show at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena but is mapping a course to a big title shot.

Ormond (25-5-KO13) was last seen dishing out a schooling to Nelson Altamirano in June and believes he can overcome Ashie (28-4-1-KO20) on his way to a clash with WBO world champion Raymundo Beltran.

Ormond said: “It was nice to get the rounds in in my last fight. It was more about that than bouncing back and I thought it went well because the opponent was a light-middleweight in there.

“I’ve seen Ashie’s fights. He’s got a great record and he’s obviously very tough. He’s highly ranked for a reason but I’m going to take that ranking off him when I face him.

“It’s clear that Ashie is very durable – he took Kevin Mitchell the full distance when they fought for the Commonwealth title. This will be a fantastic win for me because Ashie is a really high-class opponent.

“Raymundo Beltran is the end goal for me. That’s who I want to fight. He’s got the WBO world lightweight title and I plan to challenge him for it.”

Ormond v Ashie features on a stacked card that also includes Darragh Foley v Chris Jenkins, Davey Oliver Joyce, David Brophy, Kieran Smith and many more.

Watch all the action live on BoxNation.