Boxing - Belfast’s Wilton brothers back in action this weekend

The Wilton family have been prominent in Belfast’s boxing scene for over ten years now. Alan, Jane, Luke and Matthew have all played their own part in the story which has seen the family run a boxing gym, promote professional and amateur shows, coach and manage fighters and (not forgetting) stepping between the ropes themselves.

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Alan, who is known as ‘Alio’ started the boxing bug in the Wilton family.

“I boxed in Belfast when I was a lad, then moved to London and boxed for West Ham. Then I came home for a while and met my wife then we had two boys who were both born in Barking.

“I started the Eastside boxing club in Belfast which I am running now. We train the amateur’s in the evening out of the Eastside club and train the professionals out of the All Origins gym during the day. It’s a full time job for us for no real financial gain, in fact we are losing money on some shows as we have to pay the opponents money for flights and accommodation here in Belfast.”

Small hall promoting is not generally recognised as a way to make millions, but that’s not why Alio is in the boxing game, he wants to give something back to the community. “It’s not about the money, but I think keeping the kids off the streets is more important.

“My wife is the one behind our promotional company which is called Belfast Promotions which we have been running since 2002 or 2003. We ran the 1st Pro - Am show in Belfast working alongside Frank Maloney. We try to run 8 shows a year to give the lads a chance to fight regularly and soon we may have up to 20 professional on the cards. My role is to coach and manage the boxers.”

Luke and Matthew are at different stages of their careers as we head into 2014. Luke challenged Kevin Satchell for the British and Commonwealth flyweight titles in February 2013, losing on points. Since then he has come back with a win over Kallum De’Ath.

“Luke is the rated in the top three Flyweights in Britain right now so we are hoping for a British title eliminator over here in Belfast next year. The fight should be going out to purse bids and we hope to bring the fight to Belfast this time.

“I feel I made some mistakes with Luke by taking him on the road early in his career and getting bad decisions.”

On the other hand Matthew is still learning his trade and he should benefit from experiences that Luke has dealt with in his career to date.

“Matthew is only just turned 23 and he just fought and won a Masters title in his last fight against Ideh Ochuko.  We are going to take our time with Matthew and not rush his career at all. I think he is almost in the top 30 British light-welterweights in Britain so we just need to keep getting him rounds under his belt and nibble away at those rankings.

“Both lads will be out twice again this year, on the 9th of November and then again at the end of November or the start of December. Then we will get them out again in March 2014.”

Luke (14-3-1) has been matched against Valentin Marinov over six three’s at Flyweight and Matthew (7-0) will take on Matt Seawright in a light-welterweight four rounder. Former Prizefighter Heavyweight champion Martin Rogan is also featured on this bill.

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