Ma­cleod gets his big chance to im­press

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Isaac Ma­cleod has the stage to kick-start his ca­reer, writes Roy Kelly.

The Sun­der­land fighter will take on fel­low prospect Danny Craven in the bat­tle of the un­beaten wel­ter­weights in Liver­pool to­mor­row night.

Ma­cleod has a 100% record since leav­ing a glit­ter­ing am­a­teur ca­reer be­hind him to turn pro­fes­sional.

How­ever, it’s been stop-start for the 22-yearold, who last boxed in May at Houghton, where he picked up win num­ber eight, against the Czech Republc’s Daniel Bazo.

This though is a great op­por­tu­nity for the for­mer Euro­pean ju­nior gold medal­list.

Ma­cleod will be meet­ing a boxer as am­bi­tious as he is on a ma­jor show which is be­ing shown live on ter­res­trial TV.

Craven, from Manch­ester, is, like Ma­cleod, a for­mer top notch in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur lok­ing for a break­through and has launched life in the paid ranks with three straight vic­to­ries.

They will meet over six rounds at the Echo Arena which hosts the the World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries show.

Ma­cleod’s pro­moter, Phil Jef­fries, said it is an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge for the gifted boxer.

“This is ex­actly what Isaac has been look­ing for and what he needs,” said the Wear­side fight fig­ure.

“Isaac has been box­ing jour­ney­men and win­ning but now he is in with a good, un­beaten kid.

“It’s a mas­sive show to be on and a great op­por­tu­nity to show how good Isaac Ma­cleod isd.”

ITV4 tele­vise Liver­pool su­per-mid­dleweight Cal­lum Smith’s WBSS opener against Swe­den’s Erik Skoglund.

With fel­low Brits Ge­orge Groves and Chris Eubank Jr in the tour­na­ment, Smith hopes to be in an all-Bri­tish fi­nal next year.

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