Former Islington Boxing Club captain outlines his targets for 2015
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Former Islington BC star Aarron Morgan is pursuing a minimum target of five fights as he begins his second full year as a professional.
Light-middleweight Morgan, who switched to the paid ranks towards the end of 2013, has five contests – all victories – under his belt so far, and he is eager to double that tally as soon as possible.
The 26-year-old’s first outing of the year comes early next month on his manager Mickey Helliet’s show at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross, most likely over six rounds.
All Morgan’s previous professional fights have taken place at the north London venue, but he is keen to experience a change of scene during what he hopes will be a busy 12 months.
“The Camden Centre’s a venue that I know and I like boxing there, but I also want to display my talents further afield and ideally I’m looking to get out elsewhere at some point,” Morgan told the Gazette.
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“I think that’s important because you want as many people as possible to see you fight. Mickey’s always got a number of shows going on and I’m sure he’ll keep me busy.
“I definitely want to be in double figures by the end of 2015 and by then I should be cracking on towards titles and rankings. So I want at least five fights this year.
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“If there’s more than that, I’m always ready and I’ll happily take them. Me and my trainer, Bevis Allen, are working hard all the time, whether there’s a fight coming up or not.”
Morgan’s most recent fight, when he stopped Daniel Borisov in the fourth round, came in October – and he had been hoping to return to the ring the following month.
But a rib injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year and Morgan had to display some patience before returning to the gym in preparation for his February 7 contest, against an opponent yet to be named.
“I pulled one of my intercostal muscles – it was one of those niggling strains but due to the location it meant I literally couldn’t do anything in terms of training, even running,” he recalled.
“Even when you cough, it hurts, so it’d definitely hurt if you threw a punch. It’s the first real injury I’ve had that’s stopped me doing anything.
“I wanted to finish the year on 6 and 0 but it wasn’t to be. So I definitely want to make sure I don’t get injured again and I’m 100 per cent now, ready to go and training hard for February 7.
“I’ve progressed a lot since I went pro – if I was fighting against myself from 18 months ago, he wouldn’t last a few rounds. Every day in the gym is a learning process and I’m taking in whatever I can.”
Tickets for Morgan’s next fight are available by calling 07950 277 601.