22 May 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Renowned coach Bernardo Checa believes new charge Luke Wilton will take step one on the path to British and European title success when he goes to work on the Holiday Inn show this coming Friday.
Checa, who honed Brian Magees skills prior to his world title tilt with Lucian Bute, has been working with the Flyweight for the last seven weeks and has seen enough to predict a bright future for Belfast fighter. The Panamanian coach, who also worked alongside John Breen in the Barney Eastwood glory days, stressed there is room for improvement but believes Wilton has the style and power to make an impact at the weight.
Wilton tops a bill promoted by his father in the Holiday Inn show in Belfast this weekend. The 23 year old should finish a show that includes Ryan Green, Levan Ghvauichava, Tony Nellins, Michael Harvey and Stephen Quinn jnr with a win over Salim Salimov, but Checa believes he can go on to bigger and better things.
I have been working with Luke for 7 weeks and I have been impressed. Like every fighter there is room for improvement. I am confident he will win this weekend, but I think he can go to British and European level. How far he goes is up to him. You never stop learning as a boxer and we are working on a lot of things, Checa told www.irish-boxing.com.
Luke has a good style and he is very powerful at the weight. We are just working on things like lateral movement and head movement and so fort, but again he has the talent to do well.
Checa also revealed he was working with Martin Rogan for a stint and said Brian Magee is back in training awaiting news on a fight.
Brian is back in training and working away. He is just awaiting news on his next fight. I am happy with how things are going in the gym and I am looking for more fighters and to make more champions.