Barclay proves he is the daddy

Simon Barclay
Simon Barclay

Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay is ready for fatherhood after showing he’s the daddy in front of the TV cameras.

Cheered on by pregnant wife Diane at ringside, Barclay was a shut-out points winner over Moses Matovu at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Barclay has won all three professional fights without losing a round - and the 24 year-old now prepares for fatherhood.

The couple’s first baby is due on Monday (August 11) and Barclay says he’s “really, really excited about being a dad.”

The former amateur star added: “I just hope our baby isn’t late because my sister Hannah gets married next weekend.”

Barclay goes into a busy summer boosted by another good win in front of the Box Nation cameras.

Matovu is known on the circuit as a hard-to-hit journeyman who clowns and clumps his way through fights - and Barclay made the best of what was always going to be a difficult job.

“He was awkward and I couldn’t really get into a rhythm,” said Barclay, who turned pro this year after winning ABA titles at both cruiserweight and heavyweight with Corby ABC.

“I just picked my shots, but it wasn’t easy.

“It was hard to shine.

“But I felt my shots were crisper and my defence is improving.

My chin wasn’t coming up when I was going back.

“It’s another four rounds under my belt and was a good experience.

“The knock outs will come when my opponents show a bit more ambition.”

For a couple of rounds, Matovu didn’t show much ambition and Barclay controlled the action behind his jab without taking any punches of note in reply.

From the third, Matovu started slinging a few right-hand haymakers, but Barclay dodged and blocked them, then replied with crisp jabs.

Matovu nodded his approval after Barclay connected cleanly with left hooks and right hands in the last that put the seal on a comfortable points win.

Barclay thanked his supporters for their backing and added: “I’ve got a busy summer coming up, but I want to get back in the gym as soon as possible.”