Lee McGregor insists he is in a win-win situation ahead of his second professional bout at the Leicester Arena tomorrow night.
The 20-year-old Edinburgh super bantamweight, who registered a first-round stoppage at the Royal Highland Centre last month as Cyclone stable-mate Josh Taylor defeated former IBF world lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, returns to the ring against Kamil Jaworek of Poland.
And while Taylor has been enjoying a well-deserved break since his latest triumph almost three weeks ago, McGregor made an immediate return to his training base in London in preparation for this weekend’s four-round contest where the Scot will fight on a bill topped by EBU European super lightweight champion Anthony Yigit and Wiltshire’s Joe Hughes.
In truth, McGregor couldn’t have fared any better in his first outing as a pro, stopping Bulgaria’s Stefan Sashov inside the first three minutes at the Ingliston venue. However, the Capital fighter is champing at the bit to get back inside the ring.
“I’ll be happy whatever way it goes as long as I win,” McGregor said. “If I blast the guy out then I’ll have made another statement which shows that I need tougher tests. But, at the same time, if I get some rounds in then I’m going to benefit more so it’s a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.
“It’s great to have another opportunity to fight live on TV [Channel 5 and Spike] so I’m grateful for it. I’ve watched my debut back a lot but there’s not really much you can say. I think I did well considering it was my debut on a big bill, I thought I picked my shots well and I impressed a lot of people.
“If I keep blasting these guys out then it’s only a matter of time before a big opportunity comes my way. I’d take a hard fight now, everybody knows that. I’m not going to be arrogant though calling people out so I’ll leave that to Barry [McGuigan]. Whoever they put in front of me I’ll be ready
“Barry publicly said he believes I would beat him [Thomas Ward, British champion] now, so do I, but you do need to earn your stripes. I’ve only had one round!”