Lee McAllister fires stern warning to Willie Limond
Last Updated: 22/01/13 8:34pm
Lee McAllister has fired a warning to Willie Limond not to get too attached to the Commonwealth light-welterweight belt he won in style on Monday night with a first-round stoppage of Eddie Doyle.
Due to an elbow injury, the Aberdonian fighter surrendered the title however he was at ringside at the Radisson Blu hotel to see Limond, 33, demolish his fellow Glaswegian.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the St Andrew's Sporting Club was packed to its 600 capacity to see Doyle, unbeaten in his first 12 fights as a professional, struck to the canvas twice before referee Victor Loughlin stepped in with only one minute and 56 seconds gone.
Tommy Gilmour, the club's owner who manages Limond and McAllister, wants both fighters to have a warm-up bout before they meet each other later in the year.
However, the 30-year-old from the Granite City is determined that he will be champion again as soon as the title fight does take place.
McAllister said: "I want my belt back. Willie is only keeping that for a short period.
"Don't be mistaken. He isn't going to do that to me. I have exactly the same experience and he isn't going to shock me and show me anything that I haven't seen before.
"I will speak to Tommy, whether he wants a warm-up fight or for me to fight him straight away, I am easy. To be honest, it was an impressive win for Willie but it showed that Eddie Doyle wasn't ready for that step up in class.
"He is a good fighter but he was like a rabbit caught in the headlights and Willie capitalised on the fact that it was his first big event."
Limond's future in the sport was even questioned by his friends and family after being beaten by Manchester lightweight Anthony Crolla when the pair fought for the vacant British crown at Motherwell 15 months ago.
"I want my belt back. Willie is only keeping that for a short period."
However, he looked powerful at the new weight and he insists there is plenty of mileage left in him. He said: "Tommy says that maybe I will a defence first and then fight Lee but I will return the favour.
"Lee did me a heavy favour by relinquishing this belt to allow me and Eddie to fight for it so whatever Tommy wants to do we will do."