Lewis Crocker is promising a ‘different animal’ will be on display when he returns to the Ulster Hall on June 21 and is hoping to be paired with an more ambitious opponent so he can show his teeth.
‘The Croc’ returned to the ring against the tricky and potentially dangerous Jumanne Camero after a nine month lay off and was involved in a valuable learning bout, but not necessarily one that had fans jumping out of their seats.
The big punching young prospect, who was trusted with a serious step up and took it with ease, seemed aware of both those points post his eight pro win – and is hoping to return to entertaining when he next fights on the undercard of Tyrone McKenna versus Darragh Foley.
With six rounds under his belt and going straight back into camp the 22 year old predicts he will be fitter and stronger in a months time and is also hoping for a more ambitious dance partner.
“I am out again here on June 21 and them rounds will only have me sharper. Hopefully I get someone with a bit more ambition and a higher level, someone who will push up and until the end,” he explained after the win.
“I feel I did the six rounds handy enough and that’s only me back into camp so I will be a different animal come June 21. I leave (who I fight) to my management team, but I’d like someone to stand and trade so we can give the fans a good fight. ”
While he called for a more willing opponent for his next visit to the Ulster Hall, the Ray Ginley trained fighter did admit Camero was a step up and a real learning fight.
“It’s nine months since I was fighting. This guy has fought three or four times this year in six and eight rounders. He also beat a 9-0 prospect so he had activity over me. It was a good fight for me,” he adds before suggesting the first big punch landed took all ambition out of an opponent with upset previous.
“I landed in the first round and from that point on you could see he wasn’t there to win anymore. I had to deal with that, but I feel the rounds helped me big time.
“It’s not that he is tricky more he is really smart. The thing is once you hit some people there nerves are everywhere and they just turn into survival mode. He was mature and experienced enough to stay out of the way. I don’t think he has even ever been counted and you can see why. I am happy with that and the six rounds.”