Indeed, going by the stories being told, Belfast fight fans also missed out on something special from the red-hot prospect.
The Belfast welterweight was one of a number of Irish fighters affected by the cancellation of the Frampton-Gutierrez bill at the SSE Odyssey Arena in July, and is now keen to feature on the ‘Frampton Reborn’ bill at the same venue on November 18th.
Back in July Crocker was one of the luckier ones. While the card was cancelled late on the Friday night, by Saturday morning he had secured a replacement fight slot.
‘The Croc’ had his bout transferred and was whisked across to Birmingham to box on an MTK show at the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull and duly claimed the third win of his career.
The only ‘problem’? Crocker put on the best display of his career thus far and scored his biggest knockout yet – but nobody bar the few hundred in attendance saw it.
While Sylwester Walczak was knocked down thrice in the first round, eventually being left unconscious on the canvas, there was not even a camera phone rolling to capture the stoppage.
“I was raging about that part!” laughed Crocker when speaking to Irish-Boxing.com.
“It was a great knockout but we couldn’t find a video or nothing! But we got the win anyway.”
“It was a left hook, knocked him down three times and after the third he was just done.”
“I got loads of kind words afterwards, loads of people on Twitter messaging me saying I’m one to watch out for and stuff – it was great, just shame about the video!”
It was a new and slightly odd experience for Crocker.
Noting the last-minute nature of the fight, the South Belfast youngster recalled how “it was weird though, we [him and his opponent] shared the same car to the venue, the same plane and all.”
“It was all business, just doing a job – although I saw him after though and he wasn’t too happy!”
“It was good for me and Ray [Ginley, coach], getting out of Belfast, taking a fight on short notice, a good experience.”
Crocker was in attendance at the Ulster Hall yesterday for the announcement of the ‘Frampton Reborn’ bill which also feature a world title fight for Jamie Conlan, and he fancies his chances for a spot on the show to round off a sterling debut year.
Promoted by Frank Warren and highly rated by Frampton, Crocker admitted that “I’d feel more confident that I’ll be on this show, but I’m not going to say for sure that I’m going to be on it, but I’d love to be on it.”
“I’d be happy with getting four fights this year, very happy. I’m only 20, 21 next year. I’ll get a lot of fights next year hopefully.”
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