After four fights and a total of just over 10 minutes of competitive action, Lewis Crocker [4(4)-0] would be forgiven for wanting to get the rounds in when he returns to action this Saturday night.
However, the Belfast puncher rejoices in slaying opponents and plans to continue his explosive start to pro life when he takes a step up on the massive Frampton-Donaire undercard.
Ferenc Jarko, who brought three other Irish fighters the six-round distance, Sylwester Walczak and Gyula Rozsas were all taken out before two minutes of the first round had passed while Bulgaria’s seasoned Radoslav Mitev just about made it through the opening session before being obliterated in the second.
Scott James [1(0)-2(0)] is the next man tasked with tasting Crocker’s power over six rounds at the SSE Odyssey Arena. Whether he can digest it remains to be seen but one thing’s for sure, 21-year-old Crocker won’t be carrying the Englishman for any length of time.
“To date, I’ve only fought five rounds as a pro but I really enjoy knocking people out,” admitted Crocker.
“At this stage, I don’t think the early knockouts are inhibiting my development. I’ve had plenty of rounds of sparring in the gym. The objective is to win and the kayos are a big bonus. If you could get out of work early, wouldn’t you?”
“If you’d told me a year ago that I’d have had four wins, and four stoppages plus all the publicity I’ve generated, I’d certainly not have complained.”
Crocker is often labelled as one to watch by Saturday’s bill topper, Carl Frampton, and his KO record may suggest he is in a massive hurry but the Sandy Row puncher seems content to move along at the pace set by his promoter Frank Warren.
Especially considering they were all early finishes, four fights in a debut year is by no means a groundbreaking pace. Indeed Warren’s prized prospect Daniel Dubois had seven contests in his opening 11 months.
Crocker though is focused on developing himself rather than his record and has been in camp for his maiden six-rounder for almost three months.
The Ulster youngster outlined how “it’s in my head to fight for the big titles eventually but I leave all that to my management. Right now, I’m so happy, really enjoying my boxing. Life’s great.”
“I just want to keep improving in camp; building up my stamina, getting physically stronger, faster, more tactically aware.”
“Gradually, I want to get more rounds, be involved in longer, harder fights.”
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