Trainer Joe Gallagher believes that this month’s NXT GEN show in Manchester will provide some great exposure and experience for a number of his young prospects.
Five fighters from Gallagher’s Gym are in action on the bill at the Victoria Warehouse with Natasha Jonas, Hosea Burton, Marcus Morrison, Sam Hyde and Osman Aslam all fighting on February 25th.
Gallagher is pleased that a number of his stars are able to be in the ring so early in the year and is a fan of Matchroom's NXTGEN shows.
“NXTGEN shows are great for the younger fighters,” Gallagher exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It gives them exposure, experience and it’s their show really.
“You can build up fights from it and then they can move on to the big Sky shows and the big bills. It’s a good idea and a good concept. It seems to be working well now.”
“I’m really pleased that all four of them are out early in the season and it’s good that Matchroom are taking NXTGEN around the country.”
The former Ring magazine trainer of the year highlighted big years in 2018 for ex-British light heavyweight champion Burton (20-1) and former Team GB Olympian Jonas (4-0) as both eye title shots later this year.
“For Hosea Burton, this is a big year for him,” admitted Gallagher. “He had a great win last time out, knocking out a cruiserweight (Ratu Latianara) in the first-round.
"We’re looking to put him in a big fight after this one.
“Obviously, his stable-mate Callum Johnson is fighting Frank Buglioni (British champion) and we’ll have to see what happens with that fight.
"Eddie Hearn’s promised me a big fight for Hosea Burton. It’s good to get out so soon after Christmas, to get a fight, get a win.”
“It’s great for Natasha Jonas because she fought in December and now she’s quick out of the blocks, fighting again in February in an eight-round contest.”
“Then, she’ll be on the Amir Khan bill, where she’ll be looking for a shot at a title of some sorts," he added.
Jacob Kilbride is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @jacob_kilbride