Paisley first, Madison Square Garden next for hopeful Limond

Willie Limond is determined to feature in more high-profile shows despite missing out on his dream of fighting at Madison Square Garden.

The former Commonwealth lightweight champion reluctantly rejected the chance to
take on unbeaten Ukrainian Dmitriy Salita in New York next month after the
light-welterweight's team changed their demands.

Limond will now take part in a warm-up bout in Paisley on Saturday night against an as yet unnamed opponent.


Hard act to follow: Willie Limond (left) after his defeat to Amir Khan

But he is refusing to give up on his dream of more glamorous occasions.

The 29-year-old knows he will be installed as mandatory challenger to IBO world
champion Juan Diaz if he successfully defends his Inter-Continental belt twice.

And he is eager to do that early next year to ensure he has more nights similar to his Commonwealth title bout with Amir Khan.

Limond put the Olympic silver medallist on the canvas but a controversial delayed standing count allowed the Englishman to recover and secure victory in the eighth round.

That was Limond's second defeat in his 31-fight professional career - the other
came against Alex Arthur - but it helped convince him he could cope with the big

The Glasgow boxer said: 'When I was going through my training, I was sparring
with Scott Harrison every day, when Scott was on top of his game. They were really tough spars.

'It was just a matter of me producing it on fight night. The experience of fighting on the big shows against these kind of fighters has given me a taste of the sort of fights I want.

'I'm trying to move on to the next level. The fight in Madison Square Garden would have done that - and I was 100 per cent wanting that fight.

'But there has got to be another chance - if I defend my title twice then I'm mandatory to fight Juan Diaz. If he doesn't fight me he has got to relinquish the belt and I'll fight against somebody, hopefully high profile.

'If I ever fight against one of these top guys, I am just going to put it all on the line on the night. Just worry about nothing and go for it.'

Limond finally rejected the Salita fight after the Ukrainian's team reduced his money several times and then insisted on tying him into a further three fights at the same price.

'They kept moving the goalposts,' Limond said. 'I was taking a 'doing' going
over there before I even got in the ring. But enough was enough.

'I was prepared to do it for the one fight, but no way could I sign the options.

'If I win, I'm signing into a contract for three fights and not making any money. I would have been an idiot to sign it.'