The Big Mac wins

Terry McDermott with his belt
Terry McDermott with his belt

Winning a fight in front of boxing legend Joe Frazier, watching his favourite football club Chorley get promotion and also picking up the EBF welterweight title...things cannot get any better for boxer Terry McDermott.

The 31-year-old says he is having the time of his life, even though he temporarily hung up his gloves last December.

McDermott was one of the stars at the presentation evening for legend Frazier on Sunday night, in a special event at the De Vere Hotel at the Reebok Stadium. He successfully defended his EBF title against Luke Pickering in the three-round bout and never looked back from flooring his opponent in the first round to win.

He said: “It was a class night especially boxing in front of Joe Frazier, Frank Warren and there were some other old greats there.

“There were only four fights on that night, and I was happy that I overpowered Luke (Pickering) in a really good fight.”

The win was McDermott’s second against the previously unbeaten Pickering after he picked up the EBF title in Blackburn at the end of April.

He said: “It was a great feeling to win a belt in the first fight and I gave him a lot of respect during that bout.

“I hit him in the first round and I saw that he had a cut above his eye, so I kept aiming for that and the referee stopped the fight.”

McDermott is now ranked number three in the EBF division, but he wants to aim for the top, and does not regret his semi-retirement last year.

He said: “I felt like I needed to have a break because I just kept training after every fight.

“My body was not having a chance to rest, but I did miss boxing and winning the title was one of the reasons I wanted back.”