Boston based Inishowen professional Michael McLaughlin has reiterated his intention to strap an Irish title around his waist before the year is out.

McLaughlin was lined up to challenge the oldest ever Irish Champion Lee Murtagh for the light middleweight title on St Patrick’s weekend before the Leeds native was forced to retire.

The vacant title was eventually won by Peter McDonagh who earned a points win over Inishowen’s other pro boxer John Hutchinson to claim the belt.

 McLaughlin has kept busy over the last 12 months, racking up 5 wins. He remains confident that he can get a title shot before the end of the year but he expects it to be at the lower welterweight division.

“I’m aiming to fight for the Irish welterweight title before the end of the year.,” he said, “I have been labelled light middle weight because I have been fighting above 147, but I am a welterweight if not a light welter. So if I get the chance to fight for that title it will be great.”

The former Carn ABC clubman had hoped to return to action as early as next month, but a cut over his eye in his last fight means July looks like the most likely return date. 

McLaughlin admitted that he feared the worst when he received the cut in his win over Pedro Gonzalez who was a former MMA fighter.

“He was clashing his head against mine nearly every time we got in close and I think he cut my left eye at end of the third. We went out for the fourth and half way trough the round he nutted my right eye again. Straight away I could feel the blood.

“I couldn’t see through all the blood. The doctor had a look and was going to stop it. I asked him to let me get through this round. I knew I had to get the fourth done or it would have been a no contest or draw and lucky enough I was let finish the round. I went out and moved away for the rest and got the decision.”

By Johnny Craig

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