Mike baffled no one wants to fight him

Michael McGurk
Michael McGurk

Uddingston boxer Michael McGurk admits to being baffled there doesn’t seem to be a fellow British welterweight willing to fight him.

Bellshill-based promoter Paul Graham had to look abroad to find unbeaten McGurk an opponent for Friday’s card at the Alona Hotel, with Yosif Panov from Bulgaria stepping up.

McGurk, who trains at Viewpark ABC, said: “Paul told me he was having trouble finding me an opponent, I didn’t expect to be fighting a Bulgarian at this stage, but you just have to get on with it.

“I’m really not sure why no one in this country will fight me, I’ve only had three fights so far, but I guess everyone is just overly protective of their unbeaten record, it seems to be so important nowadays to hold onto the zero in the defeat column.”

McGurk admits he knows absolutely nothing about his opponent, but is well prepared for the unknown.

He said: “2014 wasn’t what I had hoped for, between a couple of call offs and being injured myself I only managed to be in the ring three times.

“In 2015 I am looking to fight at least five or six times and hopefully this will be the start of a much more productive year.

”I honestly know nothing about Panov, I found a video on YouTube of him fighting as a junior in 2011, but it was so old I didn’t even watch it.

“I’m feeling in good shape, I’m not going in there to knock him out, but if the opportunity presents itself I’ll try to take it.

“The only problem is having another knock-out victory on my record will probably make people even more sacred to face me.”

Also in action is Craigneuk’s Lee Gallacher looking to make it five wins out of five as faces William Warburton.

The five-fight card is headlined by Kenny Davidson vs Scott Edgar for the super-middleweight British Masters Bronze Title.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets costing £50 are available by calling 01698 338888 and include a buffet and entertainment.