Ex-pro boxer Danny McIntosh challenges for Bareknuckle title on June 9

Ringside 19/04/2018

Danny McIntosh reckons he’s too good looking for his new career!

The 38 year old from Norwich has made the switch to bareknuckle boxing and his challenge for Goran Reljic’s world light-heavyweight title promises to be one of the highlights of the show at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, June 9.

Reljic is a former UFC fighter from Croatia – and McIntosh won European light-heavyweight honours during his professional boxing career.

Promoters UBBAD are hoping for a 3,000 sell out and McIntosh said: “I’m going to put my all into making bareknuckle boxing massive.

“The sport needs a good looking guy like me to push the sport forward.

“Put me on the front cover of a magazine and people will be saying: ‘He can’t be a bareknuckle boxer, he’s too good looking !’

“People expect bareknuckle boxers to be ugly brutes – but I’m a good-looking guy and haven’t got a scratch on me.”

McIntosh says he’s convinced bareknuckle boxing will continue to grow.

“Some people do look down their nose at bareknuckle boxing,” he said, “but this is a serious sport, a dangerous sport.

“People seem to think: ‘It’s only bareknuckle boxing’ for some reason, but I’m going in there to smash people – and they are going in there to smash me.

“This is a hard sport, an exciting sport – and we just need the right people to stand up and say it.

“The promoters are doing a great job and we just need some big names to get behind it and help it grow more.”

McIntosh made a winning bareknuckle debut next year, winning inside a round, and accepts his next fight is a sizeable step up.

Reljic took the light-heavyweight title off Birmingham’s Ricky Nelder last year and McIntosh said: “I know he’s a good fighter, but I’ve come through tougher challenges.

“I won the European title in France (against Thierry Karl in January, 2011) at three weeks’ notice.”

McIntosh fought out of the Ingles’ gym during his boxing career and said: “I’ve changed my style a bit since then.

“But I’m still elusive and I’m looking forward to showing everyone what I can do in June.”