Croc and Roll – Lewis Crocker to be given chance to emerge from lockdown as a star

Belfast prospect Lewis Crocker [11(6)-0] will be given the kind of fight and platform, that could see him emerge from lockdown somewhat a star name, according to Jamie Conlan.

The 23-year-old turned over with great fanfare and was backed to become a talent packed city’s new star man.

‘The Croc’ hasn’t put a foot wrong and is unbeaten, but his progress has been more steady than seismic, his last victory, a points win over John Thain the most notable on his record.

Any momentum that points win in February had brought looked to be in danger of fading with the current pandemic, but Conlan argues otherwise.

MTK’s Vice President believes Crocker could benefit from the management companies return plans and believes the current state of boxing may indeed help him take a giant leap forward.

Mack The Knife Global are planning to return with their #MTKFightNight series in late July and are hoping to run a show a month behind closed doors until normal business is resumed.

Conlan confirmed MTK are planning a 50-50 fest during that period, pointing out all five fights on each card will be value for money.

‘The Mexican’ points out that prospects, and indeed all involved, will get the chance to register an eye catching win – and with just five fights per card will get to do so with maximum exposure guaranteed.

One fighter who he believes will really benefit is Crocker.

“If you look at the right way from opportunistic point of view this could be massive for the likes of Lewis Crocker, who hasn’t got the Olympic medals around his neck, so he hasn’t got the prime time backing of a Sky or BT Sports.

“He has being doing underground and off camera. He has being doing it a 6pm at night. If he was on the Frampton show or Michael’s homecoming at the Odyessy he would have been on at 6:30pm and even on the Ulster Hall shows he was still plying his trade around 7:00pm,” Conlan explains to IFL TV.

“He is that kind now… there is no other eyes on other fighters. When each promoter does a show there will be no other shows on, the five fights on those shows will all highlighted, streamed around the globe, it’s prime time for everyone to see, there is no other competition and it’s a chance for each these fighters to make a name for themselves,” the former world title challenger continues.

“You can see new stars from this. I truly believe you will see new stars coming out of this. A fighter like Lewis is a blue chip kind of fighter. He has a fan friendly style. I think that’s the kind of style people will warm to and go ‘that’s a kid we should follow’.

“A 50/50 fight for the likes of Lewis Crocker and Sean McComb… this is the best platform for them.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com