Aberdeen boxer Lee McAllister is determined to prove his doubters wrong by winning the World Boxing Foundation intercontinental welterweight title in Glasgow tomorrow.
The 34-year-old, who came out of retirement last November, will fight Ghana’s Korley Collinson in a 10-round bout for the vacant belt.
In his first fight since 2013, the Aberdeen Assassin stopped Will Cairns on his comeback in Bradford on November 25 with a stoppage one minute and 43 seconds into the second round. McAllister is scheduled to fight for another belt, the World Boxing Federation international title, at the Sky Club in Malta on Friday, March 24 against an unnamed opponent.
For now McAllister’s focus is on securing another victory in Glasgow tomorrow.
He said: “Everyone thought I was done so a major motivation is to prove people wrong.
“I’m not in the sport for the money, it is the enjoyment.
“I put on a bit of weight after I retired but I am back in shape now.
“I want to get as many fights as I can as quickly as I can to get my sharpness back before going to chase the big boys as I want to bring some big title fights back to Aberdeen.
“I can’t wait to get into the ring and I just wish the fight was starting now.
“I am looking forward to getting in the ring, getting the job done and proving the doubters wrong, as per usual.”
If McAllister is to claim the vacant World Boxing Foundation intercontinental welterweight title then he will have to overcome a potentially troublesome opponent.
Collinson, a former Ghanaian national champion, has only tasted defeat once in his previous 10 fights.
It could be a test of Mc-Allister’s fitness levels should the fight go the distance but the Aberdonian is confident he can get the job done in the early rounds.
McAllister said: “I have watched footage of him and he is a very awkward southpaw.
“He likes a fight so it will be interesting to see what he brings on the night.
“I know it hasn’t been that long since I came out of retirement but I have always been one to jump in the deep end.
“If an opportunity comes along I am going to take it. With my calibre and pedigree, I should be able to put in a decent performance.
“I know I have only boxed two rounds in the last three-and-a-half years but I will get sharper with every fight and if it goes 10 rounds, it will benefit me in the long run.”