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Aberdeen Assassin determined to build on impressive title success

Lee McAllister with both PBC belts that he won.
Lee McAllister with both PBC belts that he won.

Lee McAllister is a man in a hurry as he bids to capitalise on becoming Professional Boxing Council Commonwealth and international super-welterweight champion.

The Aberdeen Assassin is in the veteran stage of his career but McAllister, who celebrated his 35th birthday earlier this month, is eager to get back in the ring as soon as possible.

He said: “If I can get a fight before the end of the year I will take it but it won’t be at home.

“I’d hope to be back at the Beach Ballroom at some point next year. I just need to go and have a look at things, but at 35 I treat every fight as my last one.

“I just have to keep myself prepared, focused and ready to knock people out when the time comes.”

His victory on Friday against Ishmael Tetteh, of Ghana, was his fifth since coming out of a three-year retirement last year and was notable in that the win made the Aberdonian a four weight champion having previously won at welterweight, super lightweight and lightweight.

The achievement was not lost on the new champion.

He said: “To win a fourth weight division is brilliant. Some people go their whole careers not winning any and I’ve never taken any belt I’ve won lightly. I’m a guy from Hilton in Aberdeen who has done something special. It has been a fairytale and beyond my wildest dreams.”

McAllister is basking in his latest win but he knows he had to do it the hard way against Tetteh on Friday.

The Ghanaian was 11lbover the limit at the weigh-in on Thursday but McAllister agreed to fight regardless knowing his opponent could not win the vacant titles if he won.

The Aberdonian was pleased to come through a tricky and potentially dangerous fight against a much heavier opponent.

He said: “You picture fights in your head but since the weigh-in I was expecting 12 hard rounds. He fought for the WBU title last year with 12 hard rounds at middleweight and dropped Lee Churcher twice when they fought in December but didn’t get the decision so I knew what he was capable of.

“I didn’t want to get involved and wasn’t expecting a stoppage. I was just getting warmed up and starting to let body shots go when the fight was stopped.

“I tried not to lead off with big, stupid winding shots and I kept my distance and picked my shots.”

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