Sean McGoldrick relishing ring return on Friday, Sam Gilley targets English title in new division

Sean McGoldrick is hoping to kickstart his journey towards titles when he makes his long-awaited return against Stephen Jackson on Friday’s stacked #MTKFightNight event at York Hall in London.

This week’s action-packed card will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and worldwide on IFL TV, and is headlined by a WBO Global super-featherweight title fight between Archie Sharp (20-0, 9 KOs) and Alexis Boureima Kabore (28-4, 7 KOs).

McGoldrick (10-1, 3 KOs) is back for the first time since March 2020, and the proud Welshman, who won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is delighted to return.

McGoldrick said: “I can’t wait. It’s been a long time but it’s good to be back. It’s been a frustrating year but it has been for everyone and there’s been a lot of people worse of, so I’m lucky. I’ve stayed in the gym, stayed focused and I’m just looking forward to the fight now.

“I’m made up to get on to this packed card, and at York Hall as well, so I’m very grateful. Now I just want to stay active and start pushing on for titles to see where this journey takes me. I know what I want, and I’ll do everything I can to get there.

“The gym is on fire at the moment. Pretty much all of us have got dates and we all push each other on. It’s been a really good atmosphere like it always is here. When it comes to graft day, the people next to you are pushing as hard as they can and that drives each of us on.

“I need to say a big thank you to all of my fans for supporting me and sticking with me too. I’ve had three fights cancelled where they would have been there to watch me and it’s fallen through last minute, so I really am grateful for their support.”

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Sam Gilley targets English title in new division

Sam Gilley has set his sights on winning the English title as he prepares to make his super-welterweight debut against Daniel Lartey on Friday’s #MTKFightNight at York Hall in London.

This week’s action-packed card will be broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and worldwide on IFL TV, and is headlined by a WBO Global super-featherweight title fight between Archie Sharp (20-0, 9 KOs) and Alexis Boureima Kabore (28-4, 7 KOs).

Last time out, Gilley (11-1, 5 KOs) came up narrowly short in his WBC International Silver welterweight title fight with Danny Ball, but now steps up a weight class and takes on Lartey (14-5-1, 12 KOs) on Friday.

The 27-year-old hopes a win there can set up a shot at the English title, as he targets the winner of next month’s fight between Drew Brown and Evaldas Korsakas.

Gilley said: “I’m so excited to be back out on a great MTK show this week. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to get back to winning ways and set up a big 2022. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a crowd so I’m going to thrive and reward them all with a big, big performance.

“The weight ruined the fight against Ball for me. I’d never struggled before but that was the first time, and I think you can tell in my performance from the second round I was running on an empty tank. I still think I just edged the fight but I only just lost on the cards by a couple of rounds, so to do that considering how I felt was ok.

“This is a much, much better division for me. I think over lockdown I naturally filled out a little bit more, so I’m very very excited. I’m learning all the time and the difference the extra weight has had on my training, recovery and especially my mood day to day means it doesn’t even feel like I’m in a camp.

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“I’ve got Daniel Lartey on Friday, and I know he has heavy hands but it’s not worrying me in the slightest. Me and my trainer have worked on tightening things up since the Ball fight so I do not expect him to be landing clean on me at all.

“I’ve not really watched him, but my trainer Rod has, so I will just stick to the plan Rod has set out, break him down and get him out of there.

“Training has been good. It’s been quite a short camp but I was in the gym ticking over when I got the call so it’s been nice actually not having the long 10-12 week slog, so I’ve really enjoyed it.

“After this, the English title is the only thing on my mind. I know it’s being contested for in November, so if someone gets injured I’ll step in, or I’ll wait for the new year and beat the winner.”

Elsewhere on Friday’s card, Tursynbay Kulakhmet defends his WBC International super-welterweight title against Juan Carlos Abreu, Pierce O’Leary takes on Siar Ozgul, Jordan Reynolds returns against Rodolfo Paterno, Shiloh Defreitas makes his professional debut against Fonz Alexander, Sean McGoldrick meets Stephen Jackson, Lerone Harrison fights Simas Volosinas, Will Hamilton squares off with Ivo Zednicek, and Joe Giles enters the paid ranks for the first time.


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