‘Croc’ happy with new hunting ground- Lewis Crocker discusses trainer change

Lewis Crocker believes he is now in a training ‘environment’ that will allow him to ‘apply’ himself properly.

The talented 22-year-old has switched training camps in the last few weeks and suggests his new home will inspire him to focus more on his boxing.

‘The Croc’ has left Ray Ginley to team up with Gerard McManus and Dan Anderson at Gleann ABC and is confident the move is the right one for him.

It’s not that Crocker has any issue with Ginley – and the young coach has guided him to all his career wins to date – rather he seems to suggest the team atmosphere at a gym that now boasts Conrad Cummings, Paddy Gallagher, Steven Donnelly is something he needs.

“I feel it’s the right thing to do at this stage of my career,” Crocker told Belfast Live Sport.

“Me, Ray and Mark left on good terms, there is no bad blood or anything like that.

“I believe I am now in the right environment to take my boxing forward. I am working with the likes of Paddy Gallagher, Conrad Cummings and Steven Donnelly. I am getting some great sparring.

“It is the right environment for me, and I believe training alongside other fighters such as those three will really bring me on.

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“I have known Dan and Gerard for some time now, so I feel like I am in a good place right now.”

There  has been massive excitement surrounding  Crocker since he first ditched the vest and turned over. The big punching welterweight stopped his first six opponents and looked impressive as gradually stepped up in his last three fights.

He now starts the next phase of his career under new guidance and believes he can make improve on the talent he has already shown.

“I remember on my first day back training and thinking, ‘f**k, this is hard’,” Crocker joked.

“But that’s what I want. I need to be pushed and tested.

“I feel highly motivated now and I believe this is like a fresh start. We aren’t going to reinvent the wheel as far as my boxing goes. I am not going to change my style.

“It is just about hard work and maybe refining a few things here and there. I feel there are some big nights ahead if I apply myself properly and focus on my boxing.”

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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