Lee McGregor: I'm in win-win situation ahead of second pro fight
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-based 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!”