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Boxing's back in Aberdeen on Saturday as Vasilev looks to derail Trayn


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http://static.boxrec.com/wiki/2/2a/Leemcallisterericarmit.jpgThe Beach Ballroom has hosted many of Lee McAllister’s bouts over the last few years and now it’s time for the next generation of Aberdonian boxers to shine. McAllister (pictured left with BoxRec News' Eric Armit) has a new promotional company, Granite City Promotions, which hosts it’s first event this Saturday with the ‘New Gladiators’ card topped by a ten-threes contest between unbeaten local favourite Darren ‘Trayn Wreck’ Traynor (6-0) and Bulgarian Yordan Vasilev (15-31-2) for the International Masters super featherweight strap.

Traynor is never in a dull fight and has built a 6-0 slate with three inside the distance. In the opposing corner stands a familiar import - 13 of Vasilev’s 48 contests thus far have happened in the UK. Back in 2010, Paul Appleby stopped him in the second round at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, and he’s prone to body shots, but in his last visit to the UK in February, Vasilev notched up his only win outside Bulgaria when he had Hampshire’s Floyd Moore down in the first round and went on to stop him in the ninth.

Ten years ago, boxing returned to Aberdeen when Lee McAllister took on Jeff Thomas for the British Masters strap. Remembering that night, McAllister commented: “It was a big shock to the system. We had a sell-out crowd and I was like a rabbit in the headlights. It was the best atmosphere I had experienced and it was the first show in Aberdeen for many years.”

Asked how he thought Darren Traynor would cope with topping the bill, Lee stated: “He’s seen it all before when I have boxed, so it won’t come as a shock to the system. Darren and my brother, Matthew, can go as far as they want to in the sport. As long as they keep focused and use their brains they can go as far as they want to.”

The main supporting contest sees Lee’s younger brother Matty ‘The Hawk’ McAllister (6-0) take on fellow Scotsman, New Cummnock’s Billy Campbell (3-2) over six-threes. Campbell lost a real humdinger of a fight last month against Mike Towell, and although he was stopped in the second round he managed to land quite a few telling blows. Undefeated McAllister will be keen to put on a show for the home support, and has been training down in Manchester recently. Bob Shannon will be in his corner on Saturday night.

http://static.boxrec.com/wiki/b/b4/Ronnieclarkebr.jpgDundee’s Ronnie ‘The Shark’ Clark (8-0-2) is a determined boxer and his attitude to the fight game is a breath of fresh air. Clark is hoping to get in amongst the title action and his quest to prove himself against the best in the lightweight division is refreshing. He is a former World Champion kick-boxer, and in an age when many boxers are protected by their promoters, Clark is a fighter that is always looking to climb the rankings by taking on higher ranked opponents. His best result to date is a draw away from home in Norwich against the much touted Ryan Walsh. Clark gets an easier assignment this time around with a six-threes contest against Kirkcaldy based Latvian Andrejs Podusovs (4-5). Clark is a decent puncher, with five of his nine wins coming before the final bell. Podusovs hasn’t been stopped, and it would be great result for Clark if he could become the first man do so.

A four-threes between Aberdeen based Pole Marek Laskowski (2-1-1) and Ayr’s Martin McCord (0-1-1) makes up the bill, and this one could be the closest fight of the evening. It’s Laskowski’s sons first birthday this week and he will be looking to make it a double celebration with a win against McCord.

A limited number of tickets still remain available for Saturday night with prices starting from £30. For further details contact 01224 632218.




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