Islington boxer inspired by former world featherweight champion

Former Islington BC captain Aarron Morgan with two of the championship belts won by Colin McMillan

Former Islington BC captain Aarron Morgan with two of the championship belts won by Colin McMillan - Credit: Archant

Aarron Morgan says he was inspired by meeting former world featherweight champion Colin McMillan as he eyes his 10th straight victory this weekend, writes Ben Kosky.

McMillan, who won British and Commonwealth titles before claiming the WBO belt in 1992, visited Islington BC – where Morgan enjoyed a successful amateur career before turning professional just over two years ago.

The undefeated light-middleweight is back in action on Saturday at York Hall, when he is scheduled to box eight rounds against journeyman Kevin McCauley.

“It was the first time I met him – he was coming to give a talk to some of the guys down there – and it was good to chat with him,” Morgan told the Gazette.

“He gave me some good tips and advice about staying focused and disciplined and keeping my eye on the ball.

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“It’s an inspiration to meet someone like that, who’s been there, done it and got the T-shirt.”

Morgan’s upcoming fight, which is part of a packed Mickey Helliet/ Warrior Promotions bill, will be his first appearance in the ring since he beat Istvan Kiss almost five months ago at the Camden Centre.

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Yet the 27-year-old – who was originally lined up to face Devon-based Faheem Khan – feels there has been a positive side to that lengthy absence.

“Time’s always useful,” added Morgan. “Yes, it was frustrating because I like to be busy.

“But on the other hand it’s given me more time to work on things and make improvements.

“I’ve been able to concentrate on doing my thing, being professional and I’ll be there on Saturday, ready to roll. Getting into double figures would be a big milestone and I’m ready to kick on.”

McCauley, 36, brings a lengthy losing streak to York Hall – although he has not actually been stopped in any of his last 29 contests.

For ticket information, call 07500 869 640.

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