Undefeated welterweight Michael McKinson (17-0, 2 KOs) aims to move into world title contention with a win over Luis Alberto Veron (17-0-2, 8 KOs) at York Hall on November 9.
McKinson has already claimed the WBC World Youth, WBC International Silver and WBO European titles in his career. Now, he feels ready to set his stall among the best welterweights in the world today.
“I’ve boxed at the Brentwood Centre the last two times [I fought]. McKinson said. “But, before that, I beat Sam McNess at York Hall, and the atmosphere was unbelievable. I thrive off that.
“Since my last win, my support has grown again, so I imagine there’ll be an even bigger following coming to London. I’m getting a lot of recognition at home in Portsmouth, so I hope they travel in their numbers to come and support me.
“Veron is unbeaten and ranked sixth in the world. He’s the WBO Latino champion, and he’s a challenge I welcome. I believe he’ll come and try and take my head off, but I’ll be better prepared than I was last time.
“I’m within touching distance of greatness. I’m on the verge of some big, big things and I’m doing the city of Portsmouth. Soon, I’ll be doing my country proud.
“I’m more focused than ever because I know it wasn’t a great performance last time out and I know how close I am. If I beat Veron, I can forget about all the domestic guys who are avoiding me and head to world level.”