Stoke’s Joshua McLaren and Walsall’s Luke Paddock will battle it out for the vacant Midlands Area Light Welterweight Title in December.
Someone’s ‘0’ will have to go when the unbeaten duo lock horns for the belt vacated by Calum Cooper, who announced his retirement earlier this month after picking up the belt following a points win over Marcus French in July.
The Midlands par will battle it out at the top of a ‘Christmas Cracker’ at the Queens Theatre, Burslem, Stoke on Saturday, 6th December.
McLaren has won his opening 6 contests since turning professional in 2012. The Frank Warren signed boxer stopped Paul O’Brien in Plymouth on Sunday and, despite his relative inexperience, believes he is ready to be crowned Area Champion.
“This is a massive step up for me but one that I’m 100% ready to take,” he told www.uko-boxing.com “Not many boxers have fought for an Area Title after just six fights so it is a massive opportunity to show what I’m about. The graft has already begun. I was straight in the gym after Sunday’s win and I’ll be in the shape of my life come the 6th December.”
Paddock goes into the contest on the back of claiming the International Masters Light Welterweight Title at the Wolverhampton Civic on Friday evening. ‘Cool Hand’ recorded a points victory over Lithuanian Simas Volosinas, adding to the British Bronze Masters Title he claimed earlier this year. Undefeated in 8 professional contests, like McLaren, Paddock is yet to taste defeat in the paid ranks.
“It’s an intriguing match-up,” said Mick Carney, who manages a number of fighters on the bill. “Both fighters are young and hungry and both fighters are undefeated. That will all change on 6th December. Someone will have to lose their unbeaten record!”
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‘Christmas Cracker’ also features a host of Stoke and Stafford fighters.
Stafford welterweight, Rob Hunt, takes on Halesowen-based Kevin McAuley.
Stafford’s British Bronze Masters Super Middleweight, Grant Cunningham, features and Joshua’s cousin, Kieran McLaren, is also in action. The Stoke light welterweight will be looking to build on last Friday’s points victory over Dan Carr.
Stoke lightweight Andy Keates, Chester light welterweight, Nathan Clarke, and Stoke lightweight, Kevin Hanks, complete the card.
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