Former Islington Boxing Club captain gains confidence from Las Vegas training trip
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Former Islington BC star Aarron Morgan says his first taste of training in Las Vegas has given him the confidence to compete at a higher level.
The 26-year-old light-middleweight has just returned from a two-week stay at Floyd Mayweather’s boxing club in the famous Nevada venue, where he worked alongside world-class fighters and trainers.
Now Morgan, who will soon complete his first full year as a professional, believes his Vegas experience will prove invaluable as he continues to progress towards an eventual bid for championship honours.
As well as sparring with ex-WBO world light-welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley, the Londoner also had the opportunity to glean advice from top trainers such as Floyd Mayweather Sr and Eddie Muhammad.
“It was a great experience, training alongside some top prospects. Being able to learn from Corley was incredible – my mind was going at 100 miles an hour when we were in the ring,” Morgan told the Gazette.
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“It was the first time I’d had a chance to chat with Floyd Mayweather Sr and I got a lot of pointers from him. Eddie Muhammad gave me good advice as well and that’ll all stand me in good stead.
“My first day at the Mayweather Boxing Club felt a bit surreal, being somewhere I’d seen before on TV. One guy asked me if we could share a bag and I said yes.
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“Then I glanced at him a second time and saw it was Nonito Donaire, the four-weight world champion. After I while I realised these guys were the same as me – they’ve got two arms and two feet and do their job.
“The number one thing I gained from the trip was a genuine confidence boost – to be mixing with some top-class guys and knowing you’re on their level.
“The real difference between you and them is they’ve done the rounds already. But hopefully this will be the first of many trips to Las Vegas and I’d love to fight there one day.”
Morgan, who has won all four of his professional fights to date inside the distance, is due to return to the ring on Friday October 10 at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross.
He will box in a six-round contest on a show promoted by his manager Mickey Helliet, who organised the Las Vegas trip for Morgan and two of his stablemates, Elliott Matthews and Lloyd Ellett.
“None of my opponents have heard the final bell yet and, fingers crossed, my first year couldn’t have gone any better,” added Morgan. “Hopefully I’ll be 5+0 soon and maybe I’ll try and squeeze in one more fight in 2014.
“Then I can start pushing on towards where I want to be, which is challenging for the British title. It’s full steam ahead and by this time next year I’ll be making waves.”