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Chris Keane to ignite slow-burning career with win over McPhilbin

The pair met in the Midlands ABAs in 2008, with Bullwell-based banger McPhilbin coming through via unanimous decision - and they even sparred ahead of the East Midlander's Rocky-like British title-winning effort against Leon Williams 12 months ago.

Yet the 27-year-old, who beat much-touted Wadi Camacho and raced to ABA and Four Nations unpaid titles in just 16 bouts, has vowed not to hand too much respect to a man who would have had a win over a former world champion, Enzo Maccarinelli, on his tab had it not been for a time-keeping howler.

"It’s been a slow-burning career," the quick-fisted Black Countryman, 8-0 [3], conceded ahead of his ten-rounder on a BoxNation-televised bill that sees same-town lightweight Martin Gethin challenge for the vacant British title against pocket battleship Ben Murphy.

"After four wins in my first year after turning over, I was out for 15 months with a combination of injuries and management problems.

"I'd turned pro with [ex-WBA world featherweight boss Barry] McGuigan, but he couldn’t get me enough fights and handed my contract back.

"Then, promotionally, I signed with Frank Warren - and have Errol [Johnson] managing me. Since then, i've had a fair few fights and started to make some moves.

"But Shane is alright, capable and can punch a bit," he continued. "I was unfit when we boxed as amateurs; i'd only just walked into the gym.

"It'll be different this time, though, and i want to win as many titles as possible.


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