South Belfast welterweight Lewis Crocker [7(6)-0] has been hailed as one to watch since his Schoolboys days and has been handed his first title fight on the big card at the Titanic Exhibition Centre.
There are those that argue the knock out specialist could have been given more dates and certainly more TV since he has turned over in March of last year, but the 21-year-old has now been afforded some time in the spotlight and is determined to shine.
Crocker takes a massive step up as he trades leather with Scot Martin Harkin [8(2)-0], a fellow undefeated fighter whose CV arguably makes for better reading, on a web-streamed show.
There is more than just a scalp on the line, with the BBBofC Celtic title last held by Paddy Gallagher up for grabs, meaning if ‘The Croc’ secures victory at the Titanic Centre he will take a significant step towards Johnny Garton’s British title with just eight fights to his name.
It’s an all-round perfect opportunity to move up a level and set up a massive 2019, an opportunity Croker wants and one he plans to make the most of.
“It’s a big step up for me but these are the kind of fights I want now,” said the Sandy Row slugger.
“I’m really looking forward to December 7th and I’m keen to put on a show.”
“We want to give the Belfast fans a night to remember.”
“It’s a breakout opportunity for me. If I get this one out of the way then there are big potential fights for me next year but I’m not looking past Harkin in any way,” added Crocker before discussing his foe.
“I know Harkin’s record but I don’t look into it much. All I know is he’s going to come to win and it’s going to be a good fight. I’m expecting a tough, tough night’s work.”
“Anything can happen on the night. It’s all about tactics and gameplan.”
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