El Toro laughs off Shinkwin’s fury

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Joel McIntyre dismissed the hype ahead of his title showdown with Miles Shinkwin and promised: It’s his problem.

The Leigh Park light-heavyweight laughed off simmering resentment from his opponent ahead of tomorrow’s clash in London.

The boxers put their unbeaten records on the line in their Southern Area title showdown at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Shinkwin has been irked in the build-up to the meeting by what he has seen as disrespect from his opponent.

That related to a question from a boxing fan sent in via Twitter at a pre-fight press conference.

The incident has escalated ahead of the meeting, with the former England junior amateur international and multi-national titlist saying McIntyre has questioned his chin and fighting heart.

McIntyre (11-0) feels the approach says more about Shinkwin (8-0) than it does about him.

And the 26-year-old reckons that shows any issues lies in the court of his Bushey rival.

‘Someone has asked a question from his area on Twitter, which questioned his chin and heart,’ said McIntyre.

‘To be honest, I wasn’t even paying attention but he got wound up.

‘He’s kept on and on and on about it.

‘To me, though, that’s really questions for himself.

‘I don’t know if he really thinks it’s me or not, but it’s got up his nose.

‘I haven’t got a clue, to be honest, but it’s his problem.

‘He might believe I’ve said it or maybe he’s getting himself worked up.

‘I’m on the other side and I feel the same thing.

‘Whatever you have to do to build yourself up mentally you’ve got to do it.

‘I’m not getting into a slagging match over it.

‘I’m confident in what I’ve done and won’t disrespect anyone.

‘They can try to disrespect me, but it’s not my style.’

McIntyre, nicknamed El Toro, will be backed by good support travelling up the A3 to the capital for the Shinkwin meeting.

His 26-year-old opponent will also have a strong following, with a crackling atmosphere expected for the chief-support to Richard Commey’s Commonwealth light-weight title meeting with Welsh battler Gary Buckland.

McIntyre believes the fact two fighters are willing to put their unbeaten records on the line shows the hunger of the men who will square off.

Shinkwin’s CV makes for impressive reading, but McIntyre is confident the work put in under new trainer Harry Andrews will pay off.

He said: ‘It’s a proper fight. Before I might have been going through the motions a bit, but this is for the championship.

‘I’ll have a lot of support going up.

‘I don’t know what sort of fight it’s going to be, whether he’s as confident as he says he is and comes out fast, but if he doesn’t I’ll take advantage.

‘He’s a tough fighter and that’s what I want, I don’t want a pushover.

‘I’m not interested in getting a blown-up record against opponents who’ve got no chance of winning.

‘You soon get found out that way, but I know what I’ve put in to this, the effort, energy sacrifice and discipline. I’m winning it!