FightPost Boxer of the Week: Lee McGregor
By Gary Kittilsen
On a relatively slow week of boxing there was one fight on one card that got the boxing world buzzing on the slow weekend.
The Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland was home to the fantastic back and forth war between two young, unbeaten, bantamweight prospects. Lee “Lightning” McGregor of Edinburgh, Scotland and “Untouchable” Kash Farooq originally of Pakistan now fighting out of Glasgow, put their perfect records on the line in hopes of unifying the Commonwealth and BBBofC British bantamweight titles and propel themselves into world title contender status.
At the end of 12 brutal rounds it was ‘Lightning’ McGregor who handed in a star making performance, unified the two belts, captured our fighter of the week award and moved his record to a perfect 8-0 (6) by earning the split decision victory over Farooq.
McGregor found Farooq to be anything but “untouchable” The native Scotsman was able to score at will especially with the left hook. Setting the tone with a perfectly placed hook in the opeing round and using it to rally back and perhaps steal the fourth round.
McGregor took the opening round off his jab, one big left hook, and maximizing his noticeable size and reach advantage.
However, after that Farooq was able to get onto the inside, which was the gameplan and best case scenario for the much shorter man.
However, be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. As the fight was fought in close quarters McGregor was able to give as good as he got on the inside against the shorter man.
Farooq had success closing the distance in the early rounds but it was really to no avail as McGregor was fighting him evenly on the inside.
By the second half of the fight McGregor began to control range and keep his opponent at bay with the jab and tag him with right hands when he lunged in. As the shorter man was beginning to fatigue in the eighth the Edinburgh native started to rally.
Putting together a great round that saw him land three uppercuts in a row, momentarily staggering his opponent. Just moments lighting struck again, this time with a right hand from long range.
McGregor starting using excellent footwork to avoid shots and answer back with counter shots making Farooq miss over and over again. Boxing beautifully into the late stages of round 11, McGregor decided to no longer play matador and began bulling his way in and walking Farooq backwards.
Landing hard power shots to close out the 11th and keeping it up throughout the 12th. again staggering Farooq with a series of right hands to close the show and take the SD victory by score of 114-113 and 115-112 in his favor and the third card of 114-113 was in favour of the Pakistan native .
After picking up the biggest win of his short career and at just 22-years old it looks like the sky is the limit for Lee McGregor. He is in the right division to be a star on either side of the Atlantic.
Fights with the likes of Prince Patel and Paul Butler would offer up a good test for him as they eventually build him towards a title shot, potentially against the likes of Zolani Tete. Or he go across the pond and fight some of the 118-pound prospects on the US side.
An immediate fight with US bantamweight prospect Joshua Greer Jr or Joshua Franco could be made and the winner would be on the fast track to a world title shot by the end of 2020 against Nordine Oubaali.
The 22-year-old certainly has time on his side and is in the right division and has a lot options, options that can realistically be made and are all winnable fights for him that can propel McGregor to a world title by the end of 2020.
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