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Joel McIntyre eyes Southern Area belt ahead of July 9 return

Chris Glover 08/06/2016

Joel McIntyre returns to the ring for the first time in 2016 on July 9th at Liquid and Envy Nightclub in Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Light Heavyweight who’s only career defeat came against the highly rated Miles Shinkwin, has a new lease of life after linking up again with trainer John Murray. ‘Yakka’ is now looking to forging a path back to titles that

‘Yakka’ is now looking to forging a path back to titles that is set to begin on July 9th where he will face a yet unnamed but likely to be a strong opponent for the British Challenge Light Heavyweight belt.

McIntyre has spoken openly about his plans for the future, making statements that many boxing fans will find refreshing.

“I’m really happy I’ve linked back up with John and Andy Gatenby. John has brought Andy on board and he’s great; he gives his free time to help me and I can’t be more thankful to him for that. Training has gone superbly and I’ve got the focus I need to really push on with my career.”

“I only want to be in meaningful fights. I don’t feel it’s fair on the supporters to come out and give us their hard earned money just to see me fight a journeyman. It’s not fair. I want to be in 50/50 fights and that will start on July 9th. People deserve to get their money’s worth from boxing shows and I intend on giving them their money’s worth.”

McIntyre was unlucky in his challenge against Miles Shinkwin for the Southern Area strap almost two years ago. In the meantime, the Portsmouth man has spent time sparring with top names such as George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr and feels the time is now right, coinciding with his link up with trainer John Murray, to press forward for major titles and has an idea of what path he wants to take to the top.

“I do leave the decisions in the hands of my trainer John and manager Steve Goodwin; but I’d like to win the Southern Area, then on to the English and British and see where I go from there. I’ll fight anybody and take any opportunity I’m presented with. I have a good team and I’m confident that if I put the work in and listen to them that I’ll go as far as I want in boxing.”

Tickets for Joel McIntyre’s British Challenge title fight are available from Joel directly. Topping the bill is a cracking contest between Floyd Moore and Michael Devine for the Southern Area Lightweight title.