Conor McIntosh: “This fight won’t be an easy fight.”

Conor McIntosh: “This fight won’t be an easy fight.”

By Matthew Davies

Boxer Conor McIntosh says time is of the essence when it comes to his boxing career ahead of his next outing this Saturday. 

The Welsh super-lightweight is set to appear on Neilson Boxing’s Fight Town show in Swindon just weeks after making his debut in Plymouth. 

The 26-year-old picked up his first win as a professional after claiming a points win over Dean Wilkinson in Devon and will face Russian fighter Rustem Ratkhullin this weekend, who has a record of eight wins and 13 defeats. 

After making his debut recently, the Welshman is keen to extent his record to 2-0 with the hope of building some momentum.

“My debut was a long time coming, and it was hard to stay motivated with all of the lockdowns because I was just waiting,” he said. 

“This fight won’t be an easy fight, my opponent isn’t a journeyman. I want to jump in at the deep end, I don’t want to wait around. 

“I’m at the age now where I just want to stay ready. I don’t want any long breaks in between fights, when I had my last fight I fought on a Saturday and then I was in the gym again on Monday morning. 

“The momentum from my debut has carried me through, I only had three weeks’ notice but that is coming off of a good performance.

“Because I know I’m fit, now I’m just focusing on skills and perfecting my craft.” 

Alongside McIntosh, the Neilson Boxing card features former cruiserweight commonwealth champion Luke Watkins, who is trained by Tony Borg. 

Unbeaten prospects Jensen Irving and Anton Haskins are also the show, as well as debuts from Jake Price, Connor Gray, Brad Ingram and Lewis Roberts. 

Reflecting on McIntosh’s late addition to the show, Promoter, Mark Neilson said:

“Conor has jumped on our show on short notice, and taken a tough fight against an experienced opponent – I think that says a lot about him. 

“He’s not hanging around and wants to fight as often as possible, so we are glad to give him the opportunity to do that and look forward to seeing what he is capable of.”

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