Morrison set to face African challenge

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Former British light-welterweight champion Barry Morrison could make his return to the ring this month to face the challenge of Africa.

Motherwell’s Morrison hasn’t fought since his defeat to European champion Paul McCloskey in October, concentrating on training the next generation at Forgewood ABC.

But in recent weeks he has been sparring with Steven Sharoudi, ahead of the unbeaten light-welterweight’s bout against Phil Boyle at the Kelvin Hall on Saturday. A week later it will be Morrison’s turn in the spotlight in Aberdeen.

Morrison has never fought in the Granite City in his eight-year professional career so it will be new territory, but nothing to the change of scenery that awaits his opponent, Bilal Mohammed, when they clash at the Beach Ballroom on Saturday, June 11.

Ghanian Mohammed is the sparring partner of Isaac Quartey who faces Aberdonian Lee McAllister in the main event for the vacant Commonwealth light-welterweight title and a former holder of the West African super-lightweight and lightweight titles.

Mohammed has a record of 19-4, with one no-contest, has seen him knock out his opponent 16 times, though he has been knocked out himself three times.

Morrison manager Tommy Gilmour said: “It’s not 100 per cent at this stage that Barry will be facing Mohammed, but I have been working hard to make the arrangements and hopefully everything will be sorted out.”

Full story in June 2 edition of Times & Speaker