GARY Cornish will get a chance to bounce back from his British title defeat by Sam Sexton with a December showdown against David Howe.
He will be on the bill on December 16 at the Paisley Lagoon Centre against Howe, who is of similar build to Cornish but has a significantly poorer record, standing at 14-6.
It will mean just two months out of the ring for Cornish, who is finalising training preparations after changing trainers just before the Sexton fight. The possibility of working with Johnney Roye in Preston is one the Merkinch heavyweight is keen on but the logistics of relocating to Preston – away from family – is a big consideration.
Cornish’s manager and MTK promoter Sam Kynoch was keen to get the 30-year-old back in action quickly and not allow the defeat to linger in the boxer’s mind.
“It’s a step in the right direction for Gary; he’s a live opponent and although I’d still expect Gary to dispose of him, it’s not too far of a step back,” he said.
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“As positive as Gary was after the fight, it’s important to move on and get the rebuilding process underway and have him as busy as possible.
“That’s what we wanted to do when we signed him and we’re giving him the best possible chance to get back to British title level.
“It’s different to the AJ fight because he’s done a lot of good things and answered a lot of questions. He’s gone 12 rounds with a tough opponent and that’s going to give him confidence.”
Howe has beaten Cornish’s stable-mate and sparring partner Jay MacFarlane twice this year but has lost five of his last nine bouts. The 37-year-old has also been knocked out by British heavyweight hopefuls David Allen and Daniel Dubois this year.
The Highlander, who suffered a perforated ear drum in the defeat to Sexton earlier this month, has been resting at home since the Meadowbank loss while he makes plans for his own next move.
He made the decision to change trainer two-and-a-half weeks before the British heavyweight title fight, splitting from Billy Nelson and spending time in Preston with Roye instead.
Both camps expressed an interest post-fight of continuing their arrangement longer-term, feeling it would benefit his career with Cornish adding he had brief discussions with a few sponsors and they were on board with it.
“He’s looking into his options just now and how viable it is to train with Johnney in Preston,” added Kynoch.
“It’s a big sacrifice to make financially and he’s got his family to consider. He’s trying to work something out as we speak.”
The December event promises to be a big one for MTK as undefeated featherweights Stephen Tiffney and Lewis Paulin put their records on the line in the “Christmas Cracker” show for the Scottish title. Kynoch also hopes to get another title fight lined up for Paisley.