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McAllister is fighting fit and focusing on the future

BY MICHAEL GANNON

 

Published: 22/02/2011

 

Lee McAllister wants to create a boxing legacy in Aberdeen and the north-east after becoming the first active fighter in the UK to hold a managing and promoting licence.

 

The 28-year-old Commonwealth lightweight champion has his sights firmly set on Saturday’s IBO inter-continental contest against Hungarian Istvan Nagy at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom. But he is also looking to the future and he wants to create a stable of fighters to follow in his footsteps.

 

McAllister said: “I am the first boxer from Aberdeen and the north-east to have won a notable title but I do not want to be the last.

 

“I want to help other boxers have the opportunities I found hard to get. There are a lot of really keen boxers in this area but they do not get the support.

 

“I want to create a boxing stable and the dream is to have Aberdeen and north-east fighters regularly competing for British, European, Commonwealth and world titles.

 

“I already had my pro- moter’s licence but I thought it would be beneficial to go the whole hog and get the manager’s licence.

 

“I am still very much a fighter first and foremost but I want to create a long-term legacy in the region.”

 

McAllister cannot afford to look beyond his immediate task. Nagy must be negotiated to set up a European title tilt. The Aberdeen Assassin is relishing his return after 13 months out following elbow surgery.

 

He said: “I cannot wait to get back in the ring. It has been a long time coming and I am going to take out a lot of frustration on Nagy.

 

“I feel back to my best and the elbow is 100%. Training has gone brilliantly and I have no problems with the weight. It is all go and I am just looking forward to getting back.”

 

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