Lewis Crocker given game opponent for TV debut this weekend

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Lewis Crocker‘s pro debut was all over before it began.

The 20 year old phenom put away Ferenc Janko in just 67 seconds on the ‘Belfast Boys Are Back’ card at the Waterfront Hall back in March.

The South Belfast boy is back at the same venue this Saturday and, following an off-TV debut, the welterweight talent will be introduced to BoxNation viewers against a relatively testing second pro foe.

‘The Croc’ will take on notably game Bulgarian Radoslav Mitev [9(2)-31(13)-1] on the ‘Battle of Belfast’ card over four scheduled rounds.

It will be the fifth time that the Sofia scrapper has fought Ireland following a win over Michael Harvey, extremely competitive losses versus Crank Whitehouse and Finbarr Eade, as well as a first round stoppage defeat to Phil Sutcliffe Jr.

Mitev has also been stopped by Belfast’s Anto Upton, but the Eastern European has caused upsets before, outpointing Scottish champion Eddie Doyle in 2014.

Recently Mitev was due to box Rohan Date in Dublin, but this fight would fall through.

A fighter who comes to win, there will be doubtless opportunities for Crocker to land big shots of his own, but he wont be able to underestimate the Eastern European.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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