KELTY boxing starlet Craig Morgan has his eyes on a Scottish title fight by the end of the year – and hopes star backing can help him get there.

The 19-year-old, who turned professional last year, enjoyed an early Christmas present when he defeated Welshman Robbie Forster on points five days before Yuletide in a hastily arranged bout at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

That success, which maintains his 100 per cent record in the pro ranks, came hot on the heels of a victory over Nicaraguan Sergio Gonzalez – who had registered 10 wins, seven by KO, going into it – at the end of November.

Morgan's fourth fight has been set for March 22 at Glasgow's Emirates Arena, where he will appear on a bill hosted by MTK Global, which will see him step into the ring for a six-round fight in front of an expected crowd of between 5-6,000 people.

And, to help him with his preparation, Morgan has secured sponsorship from Kelty-based Guilty Hairdressing, and Kelty Hearts, who are managed by former Scotland and Rangers captain Barry Ferguson.

They have offered to provide transport to take some of his fans west on the big night, and Morgan commented: "Dean McKenzie (Kelty's general manager) and Barry Ferguson have been brand new.

"They messaged me after my third fight offering to help with anything they can, and it's a good confidence boost to have my home team and village backing me.

"Barry was asking me about my boxing and told me that he's trained and played in front of thousands, and just to go for it. I said to him that there's a couple of tickets there if he wants them, so I hope he can make it.

"I'm hoping that I've had my last four-round fight, if not my second last, and I hope to have 5-6 fights this year. I'm looking to have 2-3 six rounds and then I hope to fight for a Scottish title at the end of the year."

On his next bout, he continued: "I took a week off after my last and then I found out I'd be boxing on March 22 with MTK.

"It's a big step from fighting in front of 1,500 in Paisley, and 4-500 at the Radisson Blu (Hotel, against Gonzalez) to 5-6,000 at the Emirates. There's not many who get an opportunity with MTK at the age of 19, so I have to prove it's where I belong and take it.

"When I was sparring with Paddy Barnes (two-time Olympic bronze medallist, ahead of the Gonzalez bout) we put the idea across, and then they phoned us 6-7 weeks ago.

"The show will be a good learning curve."

Morgan added: "For my last fight, I only had a week's notice.

"I had two weeks off after my second fight but then my coach said there was a fight 4-5 days before Christmas, and that I could take it and get another win, or leave it. I thought I could do four rounds and, although it wasn't an amazing performance, it was a win at the end of the day.

"I feel that, every single day, there are improvements. I'm stronger, fitter and sparring with better boys, and my weight is almost there.

"It's a nervous excitement at the moment."

For ticket information on Craig's fight, find him on Twitter at @craigmorgan69.