Luke Wilton looks to get back in title contention

ACTION MAN: Luke Wilton (right) in action against Kevin Satchell
ACTION MAN: Luke Wilton (right) in action against Kevin Satchell

Luke Wilton will take the first steps back towards another shot at the British title when he takes to the ring at St Kevin’s Hall in Belfast on April 27.

East Belfast boy Wilton lost in his last outing on points against British and Commonwealth champion Kevin Satchell.

Wilton earned rave reviews that night in Liverpool as he pushed the highly fancied Satchell for the entire 12 rounds at the Echo Arena.

But now Wilton has only one thing on his mind after getting married a couple of weeks ago.

“First of all I just want to get back to winning ways after losing to Satchell.

“We wanted a rematch against Satchell but they said they ‘wanted an easier defence.’ It was nice to hear those kind of things but I would just prefer another shot at the title.

“I am facing a guy called Andras Varga at St Kevin’s Hall and to be honest I know nothing about him. But he gets my total respect and I just want to get back to winning ways.

“If I win this fight my next one should be for a title, but I have to keep on winning,” he added.

And has married life interrupted his training regime?

“No not at all. I took a week off after the wedding and then was back in the gym. I will be ready for any challenge Varga brings,” said Wilton.

And after fighting in front of a large crowd at the Echo Arena - does Wilton fancy doing it all again in the future?

“That is what we all start boxing. To win titles and to fight in big arenas and in front of big crowds.

“Apart from the result I enjoyed the whole experience and it has made me more determined to get back in there.

“Having said that it is great to be fighting back in Belfast. I love fighting here and I can’t wait to get started.

“It should be a good show. My brother Matthew is also on the bill and James Tennyson and Conall Carmichael will both fight for titles. It should be a great night of boxing,” he added.

Also on the bill Belfast Super featherweight James Tennyson faces Mickey Coveney for the Irish title.

Conall Carmichael is up against Courtney Owen in a title clash, while Matthew Wilton, Declan Trainor, Willie Mitchell, Paul Quinn and Iain Butcher will also feature.

There was bad news however for Daniel ‘Insane’ McShane as he had to withdraw from the card due to an arm injury.

And Newtownards prospect Stevie Quinn Jnr - who fought in Panama over the last 18 months - has also withdrawn from the show amid rumours he has retired at the age of 20.

Tickets for the show can be purchased from fighters on the bill and on 07725316474.

Meanwhile Ray Ginley will look to get back into the ring at the City Hall on May 14.

Ginley was supposed to be out on two recent bills - but both these fell through and now Ginley is looking to put months of frustration behind him.

“It’s been over five months since my last fight. I’ve been training twice a day five days a week for most of the five months, but the fights just haven’t happened. Fortunately for me I love being in the gym and I have kept at it.

“I am fighting an eight rounder at the City Hall, but I’d like to get out before then also.I’m always fit so I am ready to fight.

“I’m always running and training and finally now I’m at super middleweight. And I’m not so chubby any more.

“This year I just want to move up the ranks keep learning and keep progressing,” he added.