Luke Wilton not dwelling on defeat to bantamweight star Haskins

Luke 'Winky' Wilton
Luke 'Winky' Wilton

Luke Wilton is not too concerned about losing to British bantamweight champion Lee Haskins.

The east Belfast fighter was stopped in two rounds by the hard-hitting Haskins – but Wilton says the defeat will not affect his flyweight rankings.

“I felt I had to get past the first four rounds to do any damage, as he was big and strong,” he said.

“I had everything against me the weight, preparation, size, strength and I was in his backyard. So it was a big ask.

“The loss won’t affect my flyweight ratings, I’m ranked four in Europe at flyweight so I will pursue British or European titles now.

“That is the aim and I am looking forward to the future. It was disappointing to lose to Haskins – but I was in a win-win situation as I had moved up weight divisions and took the fight at a days notice,.”

The defeat, however, means Wilton will miss a show at the Holiday Inn in Belfast onMarch 21.

That now means Luke’s brother Matthew will headline the show.

Light welterweight Matthew is unbeaten after eight fights as a professional and a title shot is just around the corner.

Featherweight Paul Quinn will also feature and he will also looking to keep his unbeaten record intact.

Alfredo Meli, Mark Morris,Alec Bassa and Casy Blair will also fight on the bill.

Bassa will face Anthony Upton on the card – in what looks like a good encounter.