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Having dropped a hard fought tenth round technical knockout defeat to Andy Lee in a classic Celtic war earlier in the year, Scottish southpaw Craig McEwan was tasked with the potentially daunting prospect of tackling undefeated American; Peter Quillin on November 5 in his comeback, however, the 29-year-old has alleviated any trepidation before it had a chance to build up as he has been buoyed by hard sparring sessions with Mexican power puncher Alfredo Angulo.
“McEwan is facing a great middleweight prospect with an undefeated record – Peter Quillin,” said Golden Boy Promotions honcho Oscar de la Hoya of the bout scheduled for ten rounds at the Centro de Cancun in Cancun, Mexico this weekend.
Whilst McEwan (19-1-0, 10ko) is coming off the back of what is his only defeat as a professional, Quillin, conversely, is on great form having knocked out all four of his past four opponents, with one of the most notable in April; a third round stoppage of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley.
Acknowledging that a match-up with the Kid Chocolate represents a step-up in class for him, McEwan believes he has gone through ideal preparation having sparred with Angulo on a daily basis. The spar served good purpose for Perro, also, as he headlines the Cancun card in a super welterweight bout with James Kirkland in a contest set for 12 threes.
“I’m very well prepared and I think this is the biggest fight of my life,” said McEwan. “I’m excited to be on HBO again – it’s fantastic. I’m looking forward to the fight, it’s a great opportunity. I have been getting ready sparring with Alfredo Angulo six days a week. This fight is a leap for me, it’s a big step up but I am ready.”
Quillin (25-0-0, 19ko) commented that McEwan is not the only fighter in the ring who will be facing his toughest opponent to date: “I respect any fighter I step in the ring with and Craig is going to be a step-up for me. We’ll both bring it all to the ring.”