Former Islington Boxing Club star aims for his first professional title – and an Arsenal victory
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Aarron Morgan has his perfect day already mapped out as he heads to the Camden Centre in search of a first professional title.
The former Islington BC captain is aiming to extend his unbeaten record in the paid ranks to seven contests and collect the vacant International Masters light-middleweight championship in the process.
While the belt is by no means the most prestigious available, Morgan is determined to claim it on Saturday night – and cap what he hopes will be a successful day.
“If Arsenal beat Reading 5-0 [in the FA Cup semi-final] and I win a title with a brilliant stoppage, that’d definitely be the ideal day,” Morgan told the Gazette.
“It doesn’t get much better than that – especially if I get to have ice cream and cheesecake afterwards! People may say it’s not a major title but it is to me right now.
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“This will be the biggest fight I’ve had so far, it’ll be a great experience for me and I can’t wait. If it was easy to win these titles, then everyone would win them.”
All six of Morgan’s professional victories to date have come at the King’s Cross venue, but this is the first time he will enter the ring for a scheduled eight-rounder.
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His original opponent, Istvan Kiss, pulled out last week and has been replaced by Georgia’s Nodar Robakidze, but the 27-year-old says the late change has not disrupted his preparations.
“I try not to be overly fussed – at this stage I just focus on myself,” added Morgan. “I’m dedicated, I’ve trained hard and, as long as I turn up and do the business, that’s the main thing.
“I’ve had some quality sparring and I’m appreciative to all those guys for helping me out. As they say, iron sharpens iron and whether it goes one round or eight, I’ll be there at the end.”
Morgan tops the bill at the Hellraiser Promotions show, which features several other north London boxers including one of his sparring partners, unbeaten welterweight Freddy Kiwitt.
Kiwitt trains with Angel-based John Tandy, who has two other fighters appearing on the card – big-punching middleweight Arthur Hermann and light-heavyweight Yasin Basar.
The trio all have six-round contests scheduled, while Morgan’s stablemate, middleweight Chris Baugh – who has won all three of his professional fights – is also in action over four rounds.
The show also raises the curtain on the professional career of Kentish Town welterweight Kian Thomas, who was a national novices champion during his amateur days at St Pancras ABC.
Thomas, who turned over at the start of the year, starts off with a four-round contest against Bulgarian journeyman Danny Donchev – and he intends to waste no time in showing what he can do.
“It’s a very exciting moment in my life, to get the ball rolling,” Thomas told the Gazette. “I’m looking to stop him – I want to make a statement and do things that are different, to let everyone know that I’m serious.
“I’m ready to go the full four rounds if I have to, but I would like to at least dominate the fight and stop him if possible. I’ve been training hard and I’m raring to go.
“The Camden Centre’s a great place to start because it’s local but I’m not really concerned about the venue. What I’m concerned with is going out, winning the fight and moving on to my next fight.”