Islington Boxing Club chairman fears unbeaten star’s professional career is being stifled
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Former Islington BC captain Aarron Morgan has the potential to become British champion – but time is not on his side, the club’s chairman has warned.
Morgan, who won a national novices title and reached the England Elite Boxing Championships semi-finals with Islington, has recorded victories in each of his 11 bouts since turning professional nearly three years ago.
But, although there have been suggestions of a Southern Area or English title opportunity for the 28-year-old light-middleweight, nothing has yet materialised.
And Islington chairman Lenny Hagland, who observed Morgan’s rapid progress during his time at the Hazellville Road gym, is concerned that the fighter’s career is being stifled.
“Aarron’s one of the hardest-working boxers I’ve ever come across,” Hagland told the Gazette.“He rarely has a day off from training – he eats, drinks and sleeps boxing.
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“He originally came to us as a light-heavyweight, then he came down to middleweight and had his last couple of amateur fights at welterweight – that shows you how much dedication he put in to lose that weight.
“He’s a complete athlete with an incredible will to work and he’s even more dedicated now than before. I can see that when he comes down to the club.
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“There’s huge potential there – but at the moment this delay in stepping him up is just holding him back and he can’t afford to delay for too much longer.
“Age creeps up on all of us and Aarron’s in his prime now – he needs to get going. Of course I’m not saying he’d be over the hill at 30 or anything like that, but there’s a limited time for anybody to earn money in boxing.
“He’s chosen boxing as a career and he needs to be making a decent living. He’s done everything right and he fully deserves his chance – I find it very sad that he hasn’t had it yet.”
Morgan, who is managed by Mickey Helliet, has won all but three of his paid contests inside the distance – most recently a first-round stoppage of Krisztian Santa at York Hall at the beginning of June.
However, he is not lined up to box on Helliet’s next York Hall show later this month – a bill which does feature a professional debut for the former St Pancras ABC amateur Danny Arnold in the same weight division.
“Aarron’s been in the game for three years now, he’s had 11 fights and won them all,” added Hagland. “The first six to eight fights are about building up your fanbase and experience, after that you should be boxing for titles.
“He hasn’t had a sniff of one yet – even a Southern Area title – and at this stage, with his ability, he should really be beyond that.
“He’s certainly capable of being in and around the group of boxers who could realistically win a British title and he wouldn’t be outclassed – on his day he could definitely become the champion.
“A guy who’s really trying to push on and make a good career is being held back, that’s my view. He needs to be allowed to go for it.”