Macleod’s home comforts

Isaac Macleod is pronounced winner against Gyorgy Varga.
Isaac Macleod is pronounced winner against Gyorgy Varga.
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ISAAC Macleod is set for a triumphant homecoming.

The new professional is being lined up to fight for the second time in Houghton in the spring.

Promoter Phil Jeffries plans to put Macleod on his show at Rainton Meadows Arena on March 8.

Macleod made a sensational start to his pro career on Saturday night in Sheffield, where he stopped Hungary’s Gyorgy Varga in the third round of their welterweight match.

The 20-year-old is under the umbrella of Queensberry Promotions, the organisation run by the Warrens, Frank and son Francis.

But Jeffries says he has agreed to promote Macleod at his first event of 2015.

“I loved watching Isaac on Saturday night,” Jaffa told the Echo.

“His debut was punch-perfect.

“Even when you saw him in the amateurs you could see he had the pro style.

“I saw Francis on Saturday night and he asked what the chances were of getting Isaac on our show and I said ‘no problem’.

“I’m planning a massive show and Isaac will play a big part on it.”

Jeffries also hopes to have Jonson McClumpha among the castlist after his middleweight lost for the first time at Hillsborough Leisure Centre at the weekend.

The 24-year-old was stopped in the sixth round of his English title eliminator by Lewis Taylor after suffering a nasty gash above his eye early in the contest.

“If Jonson’s injury has healed fully, he’ll definitely be on,” said the promoter.

“He’s asked for a re-match, which might be something that will happen down the line rather than straight away.

“Jonson is gutted after Saturday, but he’ll be all right, he’s a great fighter.”

Jeffries expects appearances from Thomas Essomba, the Ward brothers, Lynden Watt and Jordan King at Houghton in March.