Paul Upton won the Irish super-welterweight title in Northampton on Saturday night. The Ricky Hatton-trained 27-year-old halted the experienced Terry Maughan in the sixth round to become the Emerald Isle’s champion and he still hasn’t come down from cloud nine. Upton, the oldest of three fighting brothers, was the aggressor from the start and rocked Maughan in the second round…
Pauly Upton Wants To Sharpen Skills Feb 19 Before Going After Irish Title
Undefeated Pauly Upton will return to the ring in Walsall on Feb 19th and he’s keen to push on towards fighting for a title afterwards.
The Ricky Hatton-trained super-welterweight will face Brighton’s experienced Kevin McCauley as part of his preparations for a potential Irish title tilt in the spring.
Pauly took his professional ledger to 11-0 by comprehensively out boxing tough Hungarian Zoltan Turai in November and is looking to start 2016 with a bang. Pauly said:
“It’s time for me to push on and start getting some belts around my waist. Obviously, this fight is a warm up and I’m going to use it to sharpen up my skills before going after the Irish title.”
“McCauley is as tough as old boots so he’s ideal really. Afterwards I think I’ll be ready to move up to ten-rounders and show people what I can really do. My brothers (Sonny and Anthony) have already moved up a level and have either boxed for titles and been in eliminators and it’s my turn now.”
Although he was born in London, Pauly comes from proud Irish stock and spent much of his childhood in Dublin and Belfast. He also followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by boxing for the Emerald Isle as an amateur:
“My whole family is Irish so it’s always been my goal to win the Irish title. I won All-Ireland titles in the amateurs and it would be a dream come true to be the country’s champion as a pro.”
“Dee Walsh holds the belt, but I think he might be moving onto something else so if it’s vacant then I’ll be ready to take on whoever is available.”
The February 19 show is a co-promotion between Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing and is headlined by Halesowen puncher Lennox Clarke in an eight round tussle with Harlow’s Richard Horton.
(Image sent in via Hatton Promotions)