By Dave Spencer
Middleweight Craig McEwan will be putting his perfect 17-0 (9KO) record on the line as he battles fellow undefeated fighter James Parison (12-0 3KO) as part of the undercard of the Golden Boy promoted card Saturday night in Quebec City featuring headliners Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade. The Scottish born southpaw has broken from the usual tradition of U.K. fighters who slowly build their careers through a series of regional titles including British, Commonwealth, European before hitting the world stage. Such recent names as Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Carl Froch all took the route the Beatles did decades before of establishing themselves in England before venturing across the pond with world title belt in tow in an attempt to make it big in America.
McEwan had no interest in languishing in a landscape resembling a Scottish bog in an attempt to make a name for himself. “Back home it’s just a slow process,” said the Edinburg native who now calls Hollywood California his home base. “You just end up fighting journeymen, no one who is ever proven,” said the former amateur star. “We had some interest with Frank Warren and some of the other promoters, but the whole thing just didn’t interest me.”
Instead McEwan decided to bolt immediately after his amateur career, much the same way two-time world champion Steve Collins did. But the Golden Boy promoted fighter who is trained by Freddie Roach has no intention on turning his back on his native Scotland. “I’m Scottish all the way, I’ve just come over here to better myself.”
McEwan who helped Librado Andrade in his preparation for his fight Saturday night came to America on a holiday and has never turned back, seeking out Freddie Roach who provided an in with Golden Boy.
Saturday McEwan looks towards the match-up with Parison as his biggest to date. “It’s my biggest fight, he’s undefeated, I don’t know much about him other than he’s from the San Diego area, it’s a long way to go to fight somebody who’s close to me, but I go where they send me.”