Birthday boy Terry Maughan has warned his Irish title rival Pauly Upton “Ricky Hatton can’t do your fighting for you” ahead of their big clash this month.
The Nottinghamshire super-welterweight turns 31 on April 23 and aims to celebrate it in style by lifting the belt at the second time of asking.
Ahead of Hatton Promotions’ ‘St George’s Day Clash’ at The Deco in Northampton, Maughan warned Upton that he is not concerned about the Essex man’s high-profile trainer.
“I haven’t seen anything of Upton fighting,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I used to watch all my opponents on YouTube when I was starting out but as I’ve gained experience and got older, I can’t be bothered! It’s pointless.
“I know he won the Irish nationals as an amateur and he’s trained by Hatton, so I’m expecting him to be top notch. It’s obviously a big plus for him having Hatton in his corner because Ricky is a legend. I spent many a night watching him but when I get in there it’s just me and Paul Upton.
“I’m not fighting Ricky Hatton, I’m fighting him. So hopefully, the best man wins.”
Maughan admits winning the Irish title would be particularly special for him.
“Both my parents are Irish. My dad’s from Mayo and mum is from Galway. It would be great to win it.
“This is my ‘world title’ and to top it off, it’s my birthday. I want to make it one to remember.”
Maughan and Upton top a quality bill.
Market Harborough’s Reuben Arrowsmith will be looking to extend his unbeaten start to life as a pro against Bolton’s Chris Jenkinson whilst fellow unbeaten prospect, Swadlincote’s Zach Parker, faces Lithuanian, Vaidas Balciauskas.
Northampton duo Jamie Spence and debutant Drew Brown are also in action.
Spence takes on Czech Republic’s Daniel Bazo whilst Brown faces Halesowen based road warrior, Kevin McCauley.
Midlands Area Super Welterweight Champion, Jason Welborn, completes the card against Czech scrapper, Michal Vosyka.
Tickets are priced at £30, £35 and £40 and can be purchased from any fighter on the bill or by calling 07718 324102.