Lewis Crocker – “I had planned this in my head for months”

He had a reputation as a big puncher in the amateurs and, once he fitted the smaller gloves on for the first time last night, Lewis Crocker [1(1)-0] knew he had the power to do damage as a pro.

Crocker featured early on on the ‘Belfast Boys Are Back’ BoxNation bill, and put in an attention grabbing performance.

The Belfast youngster took just 77 seconds to obliterate Ferenc Janko at the Waterfront Hall, sending him down twice and leaving the opponent requiring oxygen post-fight.

Crocker believes he could hurt anyone at welterweight domestically if he lands clean. However, despite the bold enough statement, the 20 year old remains keen to learn rather than rush his trade.

Speaking after the quick win, ‘The Croc’ said that “I didn’t really realise how tight these 8 ounce gloves are and with these on any welterweight in the country gets hit by me with these on and it could be it.”

“I am not much of a talker beforehand. I prefer to do it after incase I scud myself. I am humble, I’ll take it as it comes and I am glad I got the win.”

“I am only 20 I have years to go so I am not going to call anyone out or look for big fights already. I have a good team behind me in MTK and Frank Warren so hopefully I can take it steady and progress to the top,” he added before reflecting on his maiden fight and win.

The former European Schoolboys bronze medalist was overjoyed following the stoppage, roaring with delight. The debut was a long time coming, following a postponed date in November, and Crocker noted how “I had planned this in my head for months. I wasn’t even nervous going into the ring because I played the fight out so many times in my head that It wasn’t going any other way.”

“It’s the best job in the world. I am delighted, and I can’t wait to get back in the ring again. ”

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Joe O'Neill

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