Prince backed to fight McAllister

  • Last Updated: June 8 2013, 13:59 BST

Willie Limond defended his Commonwealth light-welterweight title against Mitch Prince at Bellahouston Sports Centre on Saturday night but manager and promoter Tommy Gilmour claims the challenger emerged with his career prospects improved.

Mitch Prince (right) was beaten by Willie Limond
Mitch Prince (right) was beaten by Willie Limond

South African-born Prince, from Cumbernauld, was making only his 14th appearance as a professional at the age of 29 and had Limond in trouble at times with his aggression, grit and determination.

The 34-year-old Glaswegian had his opponent down in the first explosive round but at the end of an old-fashioned battle he was happy to hear the judges award him the contest by 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.

Gilmour, who manages both boxers, believes there is a "possibility" that Limond's next defence could be against Lee McAllister, who vacated the title last year, but insists Prince is also in the mix for a fight against the Aberdonian.

"As Willie says, as he is getting older it is harder to make the weight and so forth," he said.

"If Willie decides to move up how could we do McAllister versus Prince?

"Mitch opened so many doors for me last night.

"Before last night Mitch Prince was only a guy who played at the game but with his commitment, fitness and determination - Willie retained his title but Mitch came out with so much credit.

"I manage the two of them and I managed the winner and someone who I can manage for the future.

"Limond versus McAllister will be hard to make because the two of them will want a lot of money for the title, probably an all-time record.

"So it will all be down to where do we do it and how much money can we draw and do we really want it.

"Whatever you look at it, McAllister and Limond. It is the end of the road for somebody."

Limond will take time to consider his next move.

"We will see what happens," he said. "Doing that weight, 10 stone, was a struggle.

"I know I have moved up weights but it is a struggle so who knows?"

The champion fought with a burst ear drum from the second round which affected his balance but he was fulsome in his praise of Prince.

He said: "Mitch is strong, sharp and throws a lot of punches," he said.

"I was blocking a lot of them but he did catch me with a few. He was hungry and in my face constantly.

"Peter (Harrison, trainer) told me I had to change my tactics. Back foot, move, step to the right and jab and I think I stole a few rounds.

"But Mitch made it a hard fight, a really hard fight but I got the win. I felt it was close going into the last round but I thought I nicked it."

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