‘Bottler’ Hill puts brakes on McIntyre ascent

Joel McIntyre. Picture: Mick Young (143351-11)
Joel McIntyre. Picture: Mick Young (143351-11)
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Joel McIntyre branded Tony Hill a ‘bottler’ as he aimed to unleash his title frustrations.

The Leigh Park light-heavyweight fumed at his Southampton rival after their proposed April 16 title clash fell through.

McIntyre was in line to take on Hill for the Southern Area crown in London – in what would have proved an exciting clash of south coast talent.

That has bitten the dust, however, despite El Toro bowing to Hill’s demands to hold the contest in Southampton.

Now the 28-year-old is set to meet Swindon’s Kelvin Young for the belt in June after his win over Chris Hobbs earlier this month in Portsmouth.

McIntyre admitted the delays are a blow – with the 13-1 man having big plans for 2016.

He is now looking to take his anger out on Young, after a stalled start to the year.

McIntyre said: ‘It’s been frustrating.

‘Tony Hill has been messing us about. One minute he wanted to fight me, the next minute he’s retiring and then he wanted me to go Southampton to fight him.

‘I was happy to do that, even though I was the mandatory for the title.

‘I would have taken the fight in Portsmouth, in Southampton or in London. Anywhere.

‘I just wanted the fight on April 16. He’s just bottled it. Just fight. He’s wasted all of our time.

‘In the meantime, though, Kelvin Young has beaten Chris Hobbs. So that’s put him in line for the Southern Area.

‘I’ve said do that for June. It’s not ideal for what is supposed to be my biggest year.

‘It’s not started well but you just have to be ready. Anything can happen at any time.

‘It’s frustrating but I’m being backed to train constantly, so I’m keeping my head in it and if I do the right things it will work out.’

McIntyre knows the key to accelerating his progress in the domestic light-heavyweight division rests with getting the Southern Area belt.

That then puts the Harry Andrews-trained man in a position of strength when it comes to taking on the challenges he craves.

The likes of Frank Buglioni and Tom Baker are now in the 12st 7lb division, with Hosea Burton in possession of the British title after defeating former McIntyre foe Miles Shinkwin.

McIntyre said: ‘As soon as I get that title everything opens up. I’ll be ranked in the top 10 in Britain.

‘That will put me there and it could be a massive second half of the year.

‘Buglioni and Tom Baker have both moved up. There’s a few coming up, so it’s a live division.

‘But if I get a title there are not many who can stand in my way. I feel I’ve got the beating of them.

‘They won’t be avoid me, so that’s how it’s going to go.’