Morecambe boxing ace Isaac Lowe won't be rushed into world title shot

Morecambe boxing ace Isaac Lowe has dismissed the idea of a hastily arranged British blockbuster bout with Josh Warrington.
Isaac Lowe puts Alberto Buevara down. Picture: Mikey Williams/top RankIsaac Lowe puts Alberto Buevara down. Picture: Mikey Williams/top Rank
Isaac Lowe puts Alberto Buevara down. Picture: Mikey Williams/top Rank

The 27-year-old featherweight ace revealed that a tentative enquiry was made to his camp earlier this year about fighting the undefeated WBC and IBF world champion next month.

However, Lowe turned down the fight as it would have given him just a few weeks to prepare for what would have been the biggest fight of his career.

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As it is, Warrington has since gone on to vacate his IBF world title belt after the sanctioning body insisted he must face mandatory challenger Kid Galahad – a man who he has already beaten.

Instead, he is now hoping to face China’s Xu Can in a world-title unification bout – minus the IBF belt – later this year. First he is due to face Mexican Mauricio Lara on February 13, although he could have been facing Lowe.

The Westgate Warrior – who has not fought since the beginning of last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic – felt he would have been under prepared to take on the world champion, who has won all 30 of his professional fights so far.

“I got offered the Josh Warrington fight for the IBF world title,” said Lowe, who defeated Mexico’s Alberto Guevara to win the WBC International title in Las Vegas in February last year.

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“But they only gave me three-and-a-half weeks notice so obviously I turned it down because I am not in the sport just to get a paycheck and lose.

“I have been doing this all my life since I was 10-years-old so when I get the opportunity to fight for the world title, I want to make sure I will win it.

“I want to give myself 120% chance of winning so that I can go in that ring and give it my all.”

Lowe admits it has been frustrating that a year of his career has been lost.

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Reaching the peak of his powers, the Morecambe fighter would have hoped to have enjoyed an number of outings over the past year.

Ranked inside the top 15, if not higher, of all major boxing boards, Lowe is closing in on some big fights.

And the fact that he was mentioned as an opponent for Warrington, arguably pound-for-pound one of the best in the world, shows that he is highly rated.

But he is prepared to wait and insists that he is happy for his career to take a back seat as the world tries to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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"It's good to know that I am on the radar when you're getting offered fights like that," Lowe said.

"I am in camp now and hopefully the next time I get offered, I will be totally prepared.

"It has been frustrating for me these past 12 months but it's not just been frustrating for me and other people in elite sport - it's been frustrating for everybody in the world.

"The most important outcome from all of this is everybody comes out safely from this pandemic and our families stay safe and well.

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"I think we all saw the news earlier this week, we have 100,000 deaths in this country and that just shows the serious situation that we are in.

"It has been hard trying to train, keep motivated and keep your weight down and the diet when you don't know when the next time you're going to be in the ring.

"But the most important thing for is that everybody stays safe and comes out of this."

Lowe has tentatively laid plans on returning to the ring in April and is hopeful of being on the undercard should his good friend WBC heavyweight champion Tyson fury face British rival Anthony Joshua later this year.

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The Westgate Warrior appeared on the undercard of Fury's mega fights with Deontay Wilder in the US and admits it would be another dream come true to fight on the same bill for what would be the fight of the century.

"It would be the biggest fight of my generation," said Lowe. "It's been building for the past five or six years and bow they have both got the belts and they will be leaving everything on the line.

"There's no better time to make the fight happen. They are both entering into their peak years.

"It's getting a lot of opinions from people. Some are saying Tyson will outbox him, others are saying Joshua will knock him out.

"I think what we saw In Tyson's last fight against Wilder, he's got the power too so it will be unbelievable fight if it was to happen."