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New Matchroom Signing Metcalf Targeting World Title Shot

Following his career best win last month James Metcalf (23-2, 14 KOs) has landed a multi-fight deal with Matchroom.

The 33-year-old seized the moment in Bilbao on May 20 by beating Brit basher Kerman Lejarraga on points. Metcalf picked up the WBA Continental Super Welterweight title for his efforts.

That victory has earned him the number five slot in their latest rankings sandwiched in between Matchroom stable-mates Liam Smith and Souleymane Cissokho.

“The win over Kerman moved me past the British level where I lost to Cheeseman and Conway,” said the son of Liverpool fight legend Shea Neary.

“In my opinion it righted all of my wrongs. That win has pushed me on towards world titles. Whatever they come up with, I’ll take. Everyone already knows that I’ll fight anyone, anywhere. Whatever Eddie fancies, I’ll go with him.”

“My father has always been a massive part of my career,” he added.

“He’s trained me all the way through really. It’s great having Joe McNally and Declan O’Rourke in my corner. I’ve worked with Joe in the past, so I know how it feels. I’ve got a great team around me now and I’m confident they can secure me some big fights in the super welterweight division.”

His new promoter Eddie Hearn was ringside to observe the performance of ‘Kid Shamrock’ during Matchroom’s latest Spanish show.

“It was a very disciplined and intelligent performance from JJ and the team. They put the perfect game plan in place to get the win.

“He deserves a big fight next. He deserves his big night and big money. He wants the big one and as much money as possible out of the game. Every fighter wants that. People that have continuously stepped up and taken the challenges put in front of them deserve to get the big opportunities when they win.”