BOXING: Luke Wilton to face Charlie Edwards in Manchester on February 27

Luke Wilton in action against Kevin Satchell
Luke Wilton in action against Kevin Satchell

Luke Wilton will be given the opportunity of a lifetime when he takes to the ring at the Manchester Arena on February 27.

The east Belfast flyweight will tackle Charlie Edwards in a British title eliminator on the undercard of Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg’s IBF and WBA World title showdown.

And the winner of that clash will then face Andrew Selby or Iain Butcher – who are scheduled to meet in another eliminator – for the British title later in the year.

And Wilton says this is the fight he has been looking for.

“This is a huge opportunity for me and it does not get much better than this.

“I fought Kevin Satchell for the British title back in 2013 in Liverpool, but this event is on a much bigger scale.

“I will also feel like the home fighter - because of all the people flying over for the Frampton versus Quigg fight.

“It is also a massive venue and this is a chance for me to go on and fight for a British title,” he added.

And Wilton says he has had a look at Edwards before they will meet in Manchester.

“He has fast hands - but he has only had six fights - and he looks like he is still a boy and not a man.

“Edwards had a good amateur career - but is the professional game - and he still has to grow into the weight.

“I am looking forward to the fight and I want to take him to places he has never been before and show him what the professional game is all about,” added Wilton.

And Wilton says preparations have been going well.

“I have been training away over Christmas and with about eight weeks left to the fight - I will step-up the pace. This is a huge chance for me to have another shot at the British title and I am going there to get the job done,” added Wilton.