Lee McGregor admits he is thrilled to have ended his seven-month absence from the ring with a points victory over Brett Fidoe ahead of next month’s Commonwealth bantamweight defence.
The 22-year-old delivered a solid performance in the six-round contest against the robust Englishman at the SSE Hydro on Saturday, his first outing since claiming the belt against Thomas Essomba last October.
Edinburgh-born McGregor, who left Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone’s management company for MTK Global in that time, insists it was ideal preparation for the June 22 showdown with fellow countryman Scott Allan at the Emirates Arena.
Fighting on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s IBF bout against Ivan Baranchyk, McGregor, who picked up his sixth straight win, said: “It was just what I was looking for after being out of the ring for a while.
“It blew away the rust and I’m now ready for Scott Allan on June 22.
“Fidoe has only been stopped once in 50 fights – and even that should never have happened.
“He’s as tough as they come so I knew it would be difficult to knock him out.
“The main positive is I managed to get another six rounds in the bank.
“It’s been a frustrating time. I won the Commonwealth title in October and nothing has happened since. I’ve been inactive but it’s been out of my hands.
“I’m just glad I’m back in the ring again and hopefully I can get going this year.
“I want to defend my Commonwealth title and then I want to fight Kash Farooq for the British by the end of the year.”