Lee McAllister targets Willie Limond title

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LEE McAllister, the self-styled Aberdeen Assassin, has designs on regaining the Commonwealth light-welterweight title after completing a successful comeback against Slovakian Ivan Godor at the weekend.

But McAllister now has to convince his manager, Tommy Gilmour, that he is fit to challenge Willie Limond for the belt after hand and elbow injuries sidelined him for 14 months in the wake of his European title defeat by Russian Denis Shafikov.

“While I was pleased with Lee’s performance, we now have to find out what his aches and pains are before he commits to a fight with Limond,” said Gilmour. “If he is to fight Limond he will need to be in the best condition possible because Willie’s a formidable opponent.

“Lee is always mentally fit, but it’s his physical condition that matters most and he should only take a fight with Limond if he feels that he is fully fit. But for the first time in a long time Lee performed like a boxer rather than showboating. Whether that was because of his injuries, I don’t know.”

Gilmour has provisionally pencilled in late June for Limond-McAllister, either in Glasgow or Aberdeen’s Exhibition Centre. McAllister, 30, added: “Godor is a tough opponent so for me to win every round comfortably was pleasing. The rustiness was there and my sharpness needs a bit of tweaking but I wasn’t breathing hard. Tommy can say what he likes, but there is no chance the Limond fight is going to Glasgow. It’s my belt after I gave it up so he could fight for it, and the least he can do is fight me in Aberdeen.”

There were wins on the Beach Ballroom undercard for McAllister’s younger brother, Matthew, against Kevin McCauley of Brighton, local featherweight Darren Traynor, over Birmingham’s Sid Razak, and Aberdeen-based Pole Marek Laskowski.