Luke Wilton kept his British title aspirations well and truely on track at the Holiday Inn on Saturday night with a convincing points victory over Valentin Marinov.
Wilton can now look forward to a British title eliminator scrap against Iain Butcher early next year and the east Belfast flyweight was delighted to get another victory on his record.
“A wins a win and I can now concentrate on the British title eliminator with Butcher.
“We will know the score this week about that fight. My dad Alio has made a purse bid and if we win that, I will face Butcher at the Ulster Hall.
“But if I have to go to Scotland to fight him I will go.
“I have watched Butcher a few times and I am sure I will beat him when we meet.
“Butcher is a nice boxer but I am improving and getting better due to the work I am doing with my coach Bernardo Checa.
“I think I am getting better and I am not taking as many shots, which is a good thing. I am really enjoying my boxing at the minute and winning fights make it easier,” added Wilton.
And Wilton says he has no fears in facing British and Commonwealth champion Kevin Satchell.
“I am totally focused on Butcher but I believe I would destroy Satchell if we meet again.
“He beat me in Liverpool earlier this year, but I know now how to beat him.
“I sparred with him in June and I believe I have his number. I want that British title,” he added.
Wilton once again conceded weight to face super bantamweight Marinov and he worked his way into the fight, boxing and moving and taking the sting out of Marinov’s early assaults in the first couple of rounds.
In the third, Wilton cranked up the pace and Marinov at times struggled to live with the local boy as the fight progressed.
In the fourth, Wilton kept the heat on his opponent and coasted through the fifth and Marinov bravely fought on and showed good durability to hear the final bell.
Referee Paul McCullough scored the fight 60-54 in Wilton’s favour and he can now look forward to getting to grips with Butcher in 2014.
There was also success for Luke’s brother Matthew as he overcame Matt Seawright on points.
Wilton began patiently, but Seawright was there to spoil and hold and referee McCullough had to give Seawright a warning.
In the second Seawright got caught cold with a flush shot that rocked him to his boots, but he held on to survive to the end of the round.
Wilton picked up a cut to the top of his left eye in the third but Wilton helf the upper hand to win the fight 39-37 on the referee’s scorecard.