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Scotland’s Lee McGregor Vacates European Bantamweight Title In Bid For Bigger Fights

Former British and Commonwealth and European Bantamweight Champion, Edinburgh\’s Lee McGregor (11-0-1) will be keeping active after only boxing twice in 2021 and 6 months out of the ring leading to a very underwhelming performance against Diego Alberto Ruiz at York Hall last month on an MTK show.

McGregor, the Probellum-represented and Ben Davison trained fighter, is quickly approaching a world title shot which could come as soon as the latter half of 2022 but after some questionable performances, including a draw with Ruiz and being knocked down by Legrand; there is a sense that the brakes have been put on the speed of his progression.

According to the European Boxing Union, on June 11 Lee McGregor was supposed to defend his European Bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Spain\’s Sebastian Perez (13-2-1) in Guipizkoa, Spain. However, McGregor has not vacated his title and will not be taking part in this fight.

McGregor is ranked in the top 15 with all four governing bodies (WBO #11, WBC #10, WBA #6 and IBF #3). His strongest ranking is IBF #3 and at this point in time, he is the highest-ranked boxer in the IBF. John Riel Casimero takes on Paul Butler for the WBO version of the title on a Probellum show, so this could be another path for McGregor.

Based on his last few performances, there is an argument that McGregor should have at least a couple more fights before challenging for a world title and move into fringe-world and world level fights in the meantime, especially with the possibility of Inoue or Casimero vacating very soon.

By Darshan Desai

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