McIntyre: Shinkwin will not handle renewed power

JOEL McINTYRE vowed his renewed power will lead to spectacular title victory.

Friday, 9th December 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:39 pm
Joel McIntyre during the boxing press conference at Fratton Park. Picture: Sarah Standing (161623-8371)

He warned rival Miles Shinkwin he will not be able to contend with his concussive shots when they collide in Portsmouth tomorrow.

The Leigh Park puncher knows losing is not an option in a crossroads light-heavyweight clash for the English crown.

But the 14-1 man believes he goes into the match-up in the shape of his career after a return to old trainer John Murray earlier this year.

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And that has been seen with explosive power shown in the build-up to battle.

Rumours are circulating in the boxing world highly-touted Frank Buglioni was floored by McIntyre in the build-up to the Shinkwin showdown.

The 28-year-old is mourning his grandfather who died recently at the age of 85.

McIntyre believes he will have a man who was a father figure to him driving him forward when the bell sounds.

He said: ‘I’m focused on what I need to do.

‘I’ve had so much go on but I haven’t thought about anything else.

‘My state of mind is perfect and everything is on point.

‘Losing my granddad was always going to be tough to deal with, but everything in my personal life is on hold.

‘When it happened (his grandfather’s death) I was sparring.

‘I caught my sparring partner with a shot and he was out on his feet.

‘I had his fist with my shot, too, at that moment – and I will again on the night. That’s how I feel. I’m sure I’ll take me to another level.

‘I know what I’ve been through to get here. I know what I’ve done in the gym.

‘But I can’t see anyone standing there when I’m firing like I am. I can’t see anyone taking the shots. I don’t see it going far.

‘Yes, you do have to catch someone to hit them. But, believe me, when I do it’ll be over.’

Shinkwin is coming into the contest after a single routine win since losing to Hosea Burton for the British title earlier this year.

McIntyre lost when he met Shinkwin in 2014, and knows victory has to fall his way to power himself into the light-heavyweight big league.

He said: ‘It’s a make or break fight for me. I have to win. I’ll have nowhere left to turn. Losing is not an option.

‘There is no scenario where I don’t walk away with the belt. It doesn’t happen.

‘It’s been a long thing (the rivalry).

‘I didn’t turn up on the night before. I didn’t go through the gears and I wasn’t confident in my fitness.

‘But losing has made me a stronger man. I’ve been in the zone. I’m anxious to get in there. I can’t wait.’