Titles are in Reece McAllister.
That is the prediction from coach Pete Shepperson as McAllister prepares for the second bout of his new fight career.
The 27-year-old is part of the ‘New Kids on the Block’ spectacular at Houghton on Saturday, March 16.
McAllister, an internationally-renowned performer on the Thai fighting scene, made the switch to the Marquess of Queensberry last year.
And the Newton Aycliffe man is aiming for success in this particular ring.
“Work commitments somewhat stalled the start of his career but we will be looking to keep him busy this year,” said Shepperson, whose Darlington gym is currently buzzing with a crop of gifted fighters.
“He’s another great talent with potential to achieve big things and there are titles in this lad believe me.”
McAllister (Pictured above with his coach) certainly showed he has something about him when he made his debut last September at the ‘Tear Up On Tyneside’.
Not only was he confronted with an experienced and difficult opponent, Chris Jenkinson, at Dunston, he had to win it the hard way.
McAllister was deducted a point for a low blow in the second round which saw him having to move away from body work.
But the boxer switched effectively to Jenkinson’s head to take a 39-38 victory.
The ‘New Kids on the Block’ show features North-East talent with fewer than 10 bouts.
Joe Maphosa, a man relatively advanced down the title track, has won all seven contests and Jone Volau has a 5-4 record, but the rest of the left side of the bill have only had a handful of outings.
Hartlepool’s Luke Cope (2-0), the Redcar brothers Joe and Tom Hill (3-0, 5-0), new Geordie sensation Joe Laws (3-0), Trimdon’s Terry Tyers (4-0), and Tyneside trio Anth Ornsby (1-0), Mark Taylor (2-0) and Terence Wilkinson (3-0) make up the party.
Words: Roy Kelly