Lee McGregor, Scott Allan in war of words at final press gathering

RINGSIDE 21/06/2019


Commonwealth bantamweight champion Lee McGregor and challenger Scott Allan continued their war of words during Thursday’s press conference ahead of their showdown at #MTKFightNight’s event in Glasgow on Saturday.

Unbeaten McGregor (6-0, 5 KOs) defends his belt in a 12-round contest against countryman Allan (9-3-1) at the Emirates Arena, live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and also live on iFL TV.

The two men have had a heated back and forth in recent weeks, and tempers continued to flare when they each fired insults at the other during Thursday’s final presser.

A packed card on Saturday also sees Kieran Smith (14-0, 7 KOs) defending his WBC International Silver super-welterweight title against experienced Ivan Montero (21-3, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

Lewis Benson (11-2, 2 KOs) faces the always-exciting Renald Garrido in a eight-round super-welterweight bout, plus recent world title challenger Muhammad Waseem (8-1) fights John Chuwa (17-3, 9 KOs) over eight rounds in a flyweight contest.

The undercard features the likes of Tommy Phibin (12-0, 4 KOs), Reece McFadden (3-0, 1 KO) and Jack Turner (1-0), and here’s what they all had to say during their final press conference…

McGregor: “I’ve had a great camp for this fight. I’ve prepared hard as usual. I’m glad it’s here, and we’ve both managed to get through the camp with no injuries. I’m ready to go, and I’m going to make sure I keep my Commonwealth belt.

“I respect anyone who gets in the ring and in the opposite corner. He will come to win which is when you see the best of me. I’ll capitalise on it when he tries to attack.

“I’m expecting a tough 12 rounds and I always prepare my body for 12 rounds. Whether it goes that far is a different story. Whatever he brings I’ll be ready for.

“It’s going to be on ESPN+ in America too which is a huge audience and a chance to showcase my skills over there and worldwide. I want them to take notice.

“My mentality is I’ll fight anyone. I’m glad he’s the first one in the way, and he’ll eat his words. He’s getting knocked out on Saturday and I don’t think he even believes he will win.”

Allan: “I’ll be taking the belt home on Saturday. He’s sharp and good at what he does. He’s a great boxer and a great athlete and I’m blessed to share the ring with him on Saturday, but I think he’s overlooking me for the Kash Farooq fight.

“I thought he’d avoid the Scottish fighters and go down the European route, but fair enough he is fighting me, but I’m going to win that belt on Saturday and I’m looking forward to the fight.”

Smith: “I’ll win at all costs. No matter how I look on the night, that’s what will happen. I’ve done three camps back to back now and not had much of a break, so this is a fight that has come around at the right time and it’s my time to step up.”

Benson: “Garrido is a threat. He comes forward and puts in a shift. If I stick to my boxing I should be able to make it easy.

“I’ve moved camps for this fight and have been working on new things, so you’ll see a difference on Saturday. After this fight I want to push on.”

Garrido: “I’m very happy to be here in Scotland with my spirit and aggressive style of boxing. MTK Global is a great promotion so to fight for them is amazing.

“For those judging me, don’t look at my record, as there are a lot of bad decisions on it. On Saturday I will have a great fight and hopefully we won’t need it go to decision.


“Lewis Benson is a great guy and a real warrior. I have big respect for Lewis and after the fight he is my friend, but a fight is a fight.”

McFadden: “I’m smiling as always. I’ve been taking my time in my professional fights and I’ve settled my feet and plant them a bit more, so I’m enjoying the professional ranks.”

Turner: “It’s a big change to the amateurs and I’m asserting myself properly and making sure I perform on the night. It’s going to be a bit different to my debut as I’m going to be more explosive and I’m planning on producing this weekend.”