McAllister to take title fight challenge in his stride

Lee McAllister ahead of his fight on Friday evening.

Aberdeen Assassin Lee McAllister plans to play it cool in his two-belt showdown at the Beach Ballroom.

McAllister, 35, faces Ghana’s Justice Addy for the Professional Boxing Council Commonwealth and International super welterweight titles on Friday.

It’s the fighter’s fifth fight since he ended a three-year retirement, having captured the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Welterweight World Championship against Frank Dodzi last time out.

McAllister plans to use his experience to devastating advantage against Addy, who has a record of 15 wins (14KO), four defeats and one draw.

He said: “I’m a more controlled boxer now than I’ve ever been, I’d 100% say that.

“I pick my punches a lot more and I’m a lot more relaxed mentally when it comes to the fights.

“I don’t get excited, I just take it in my stride.”

The Assassin plans to learn what he needs to know about his opponent at the start of the fight, before breaking him down, knowing victory will mean he has won titles at four different weights in his career.

He said: “I don’t know anything about him and I don’t care.

“I’ll do what I always do, just relax, enjoy the atmosphere and enjoy the crowd.

“Every time I return to the Beach Ballroom, they’re amazing.

“If the knock-out comes, it comes.”

After Friday’s fight, McAllister is looking to set up a defence of his WBF title or to win another belt in the division.

Alternatively, he said he sees a route for himself to win a world title at super welterweight, which would make him a four-weight world champion.

An eventual fight for an IBF title is also still on the cards.

Earlier in the evening, McAllister’s Granite City stablemate Nathan Beattie will take on another Ghanian, Tacky Annan, for the PBC Silver International Lightweight Championship.

Beattie said: “I’m in good shape, I’m feeling confident and my weight’s perfect.

“Once I find my range and get my jab working, I’ll have worked him out and I can start cutting him down from there and hopefully get a good result.”

Nairn cruiserweight Sandy Robb is also due to fight.