Matt Bozeat previews Matt Windle’s combat with Neil McCubbin for the Commonwealth light-flyweight crown
THE Commonwealth light-flyweight title shall be contested for less than the third time within the automobile park of Sheffield Enviornment this Friday (June 11). Dennis Hobson promotes the conflict between Scotland’s Neil McCubbin and Englishman Matt Windle for a belt that has been vacant for greater than three a long time. The bout shall be proven dwell on Fightzone.
The youthful fighter by eight years at 22, McCubbin has received all 5 (one inside schedule), however is untested. Windle (5-3-1), in the meantime, seems lucky to get the shot having suffered back-to-back defeats for the Midlands Space flyweight championship. The losses to David Seymour (7-1) and Ijaz Ahmed (5-1) had been each shut.
The Ahmed defeat particularly regarded rather a lot nearer than the 97-94 scoreline. Windle had Ahmed on the ground within the second in March 2019 and each spherical was aggressive. Ahmed has gone on to beat Quaise Khademi (8-0) – a consequence that put him at No. 13 within the WBO rankings at 115lbs.
In distinction, Drongan’s McCubbin has solely crushed one opponent with a profitable report – Marius Vysniauskas (2-0). The Lithuanian waited till he was 31 years outdated to show skilled after a prolonged beginner profession and although it’s higher for his financial institution steadiness that he loses somewhat than wins, he nonetheless takes some getting beneath management. He shared a spherical with McCubbin, most likely the second when the Scot selected to face and commerce with him.
McCubbin says the combat with Windle “could possibly be phone-box stuff” and that is probably not in his greatest pursuits. Windle dropped Ahmed with a clear left hook and appears to do his greatest work at quick and mid-range, whereas McCubbin is healthier when he will get his toes shifting and has opponents at arm’s size.
“They are saying, ‘Don’t hook with a hooker,’” stated Windle, “and if I used to be him, I wouldn’t commerce hooks with me. However he can’t run away for 12 rounds and I believe he likes a combat.”
McCubbin accepts that he will get dragged into punch-ups and although the temptation could also be to attempt to push Windle again, he advised Boxing Information, “I would like to maneuver and ping him.”
Sam Mullan shall be in McCubbin’s nook, as he has been since he began boxing aged 11. McCubbin had round 45 beginner contests, principally at junior stage, earlier than making his professional debut a month after his twentieth birthday, whereas Windle says most of his 60-plus beginner outings had been senior bouts. The spotlight was his silver medal on the 2015 Haringey Field Cup and he went on to show professional with PJ Rowson later that yr. That made headlines as a result of Windle teaches poetry in faculties and has twice been named Birmingham’s Poet Laureate.
There was a loss to Brett Fidoe (6-35-2) – a sparring accomplice forward of Friday’s combat – and a draw with Pablo Narvaez (9-7-6). At championship stage, Windle fell quick by three and two factors to Ahmed and Seymour respectively.
“I’m satisfied I received each these fights,” stated the Spencer McCracken-trained boxer. “I believe that is destiny, that is my time. I’m not pondering an excessive amount of about how you can win rounds on the scorecards, however I’m extra assured of getting the appropriate choice with three judges somewhat than only a referee.”
Due to the coronavirus, Windle has spent 19 months out of the ring. It’s even longer since McCubbin final fought, repeating a factors win towards Steven Maguire (0-16) in his first combat over six rounds.
Windle wonders whether or not McCubbin has had the required seasoning forward of this 12-rounder and there are such a lot of different unknowns. Neither fighter has made 108lbs earlier than, neither has been 12 rounds, McCubbin has but to go previous six.
We will predict with confidence that it will likely be combat and we go for McCubbin to win it on factors.
Nottingham’s Derrick Osaze (10-0), who defeated Kieron Conway en path to profitable the Final Boxxer match in Might 2019, and Tyler Denny (12-2-2), a sophisticated southpaw from Rowley Regis, meet over 10 rounds within the middleweight chief help.
Denny, crushed by Reece Cartwright and Linus Udofia in English title fights, is probably higher suited to the 10-round distance and might declare a choice victory.
The Verdict Will probably be attention-grabbing to see how McCubbin handles the step as much as championship stage.