Edinburgh’s unbeaten super lightweight prospect Jason Easton gets his first shot at a title when he takes on Cardiff’s undefeated Mitch Buckland in an intriguing contest on the undercard of the Josh Taylor vs Dave Ryan Commonwealth super-lightweight title clash at the Meadowbank Arena in Edinburgh on Friday October 21.
This Celtic super-lightweight title fight will be shown live and exclusively on the free-to-air Spike channel in the UK and forms part of an exciting undercard on a huge night for Edinburgh boxing at the Meadowbank Arena.
Cyclone Promotions founder, former WBA Featherweight Champion Barry McGuigan is delighted with this latest edition to an action-packed evening of championship boxing in Edinburgh onOctober 21. “Mitch Buckland vs Jason Easton is a fantastic domestic dustup,” said McGuigan. “This is what British and Irish boxing is all about, two talented and determined prospects putting it all on the line. It’s shaping up to be a cracking night of boxing at the Meadowbank on Friday the 21st of October.”
The popular Easton, 7 – 0, will be hoping that the partisan Edinburgh crowd can help propel him to victory over Buckland in this clash of undefeated prospects. The Billy Nelson managed prospect is raring to go ahead of his big opportunity on October 21.
”I’d like to thank Cyclone Promotions for giving me my first title fight,” said Easton. “I respect Mitch Buckland for coming to Edinburgh to defend his belt but it’s my time and I want to win the Celtic title in style on October 21.”
Easton’s confidence is echoed by his manager Billy Nelson. “I believe this has the makings of a great fight,” said Nelson. “Mitch Buckland is a good fighter but with the support of Jason’s Edinburgh fans, he can win this contest and move up the British rankings.”
Credit must go to both men for taking this fight at this stage of their respective careers and the victor of this bout can look forward to potentially challenging the winner of Taylor vs Ryan in 2017.
Talented southpaw Buckland, 11 – 0, has been a fringe contender for the past year or so but now gets his opportunity to shine in this Spike televised contest against a hungry challenger. The Chris Sanigar managed contender will be hoping a convincing win over Easton will open the door to British or Commonwealth title fights in 2017.
“I’m looking forward to defending my Celtic title in Scotland,” said Buckland. “In recent years I have seen the success of my gym mates Lee and Andrew Selby, and my brother Gary, and now it’s my time to shine. This season I want to win major titles and it starts in Scotland on 21st October!”
Buckland’s manager Chris Sanigar concurs with his charge. “This is a great opportunity for Mitchell to showcase his skills to a TV audience,” said Sanigar. “I believe he is one of the brightest young talents in South Wales with 11 straight wins. This will be a breakthrough year for Mitchell and the opportunity of defending his title in Scotland is just the challenge he needs.”
Also featuring on the stacked Edinburgh undercard is Surrey’s exciting undefeated heavyweight prospect Nick Webb, 7(6) – 0, who boxes in a six-round contest against an opponent to be named shortly.
Fife’s unbeaten middleweight prospect Connor Law, 8 – 0, faces a tough test when he takes on Germany’s experienced Nico Salzmann in an intriguing eight-round international middleweight bout on October 21. Other local talent to feature on the Taylor vs Ryan undercard will include Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games middleweight representative Kieran Smith, 6 – 0, in a four-round light-middleweight bout, as well as Edinburgh’s super middleweight contender John McCallum, 11 – 1, who is set to box in a six-round contest.
More undercard announcements for Taylor vs Ryan will follow in the coming days.
Tickets for this fantastic evening of championship boxing at the Meadowbank Arena in Edinburgh on Friday October 21 are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and are priced £40, £60 and £100 VIP.by