Undefeated welterweight Michael McKinson has signed promotional phrases with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing following his breakout win over Chris Kongo on the Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte II undercard in Gibraltar final month.
The Portsmouth southpaw (20-0, 2 KOs) shocked Kongo with an aggressive begin, flooring the Bermondsey fighter within the opening spherical as he edged a carefully contested encounter with scores of 97-93, 96-94, 95-94.
‘The Downside’, ranked at quantity 6 on the earth with the WBO, hasn’t been shy in calling out the highest names within the home welterweight scene, together with new stablemates Conor Benn, Josh Kelly and Florian Marku within the aftermath on his most up-to-date win, and the Pompey fanatic feels he can now not be missed.
“Signing with Matchroom is the most effective factor that’s occurred to my profession,” mentioned McKinson. “It’s been irritating instances for some time, however I obtained my likelihood towards Chris Kongo, and now I’m within the place the place I wish to be in my profession, so I’m actually excited.
“I’ve labored exhausting for a very long time. That is my seventh yr as knowledgeable and I’ve lastly obtained one thing that I need. Once we had been on the aircraft out to Gibraltar, Eddie Hearn mentioned to go on the market and chase your desires, and I made it clear all week that it was going to be the Michael McKinson present. I’m right here to remain and it feels good that every little thing I’ve mentioned has come true.
“For a very long time, my identify was by no means talked about alongside among the different welterweights, however now my identify is within the image. It’s no secret I wish to face all the guys on the market, so let’s all struggle one another.
“My largest purpose is to sooner or later struggle at Fratton Park in Portsmouth. Each little little bit of success I’ve is making that dream come true little by little, so hopefully it will get carried out sooner or later and I could make historical past for my metropolis.”
“As I all the time say, ‘winner stays on’, and I’m delighted to be working with Michael McKinson,” mentioned Eddie Hearn. “For a very long time he has been an prevented fighter and now after his large win in Gibraltar, he is able to transfer onto world stage. Michael has an awesome mindset and an enormous fan base in Portsmouth, we’re already planning a significant step-up for him in the summertime. Subsequent summer time we wish to be at Fratton Park in a blockbuster – thrilling instances forward!”