Lewis Crocker motivated by huge pro backing

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19 years old. Signed up by one of Britain’s biggest promoters before he has even made his debut. An Irish boxing legend has come out of retirement to help guide his career. Labelled by two-weight World champion Carl Frampton as the “best kid in the country.”

You could forgive Lewis Crocker for feeling a bit of pressure, but instead the Belfast welter is revelling in it.

Not only will Crocker be promoted by Frank Warren, he will also be watched over by Barney Eastwood – the man behind Barry McGuigan and Dave Boy McAuley among others.

The former Holy Trinity and Cairn Lodge amateur spoke to Irish-Boxing.com about his new team and explained that “to have Barney Eastwood come out of retirement to help me is such an incentive as he’s such a big name in the boxing World.”

“He will be helping me every way he can in my career which only motivates me more as a fighter.”

Crocker is hugely grateful for the situation he now finds himself in with Queensbury Promotions, and described how “it’s a great feeling to be with such a big promoter at just the age of 19.”

“It’s really pushing me as it’s an amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to see what the future holds with Frank Warren and myself.”

While he admits that “in the long term I hope to be fighting in big fights and for titles,” Crocker is mature beyond his years and outlines his short-term plans are to “absorb all the experience I can in the pro game and take everything as it comes.”

“I have time on my hands being so young, so me and my team will have a plan and see where it goes.”

Already possessing a huge following, many are wondering when we will see Crocker in the ring – and while there is no date confirmed, he tells that it will be sooner rather than later, teasing that there’s “no exact date for my debut yet, but I’m hoping to get on a show in the next lot of weeks.”

“I would definitely like to fight on the Belfast show in November!”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie