Repton boxer one win away from National glory
UNBEATEN Hackney Wick light-heavyweight Simon Lewis is one win away from a National Championship as he prepares to take on Otis Treasurer at Elmbridge Social Club in Hainault this Sunday.
The unbeaten Repton boxer was dominant in Scunthorpe last week to reach the final, outpointing Army BC rival Corporal Haywood 27-6 to set up Sunday’s Class A under-81kg fight with his Studio ABC rival.
This will be his eighth contest on his road to the final two and Repton trainer Tony Burns is thrilled by what he has seen of his fighter.
“He has been with us 18 months and in that time has made massive improvements,” he said.
“He’s got a natural talent and works exceptionally hard. When he first came here no-one took notice, but he’s a strong kid and started sparring and has just gone on from there.
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“We didn’t even enter him into the competition 12 months ago, so it shows how far he has come.
“It will do so much for his confidence if he wins Saturday and will jump up the rankings. It may sound ridiculous but I don’t think he is too far off the Olympics in 2012.”
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There’s a lot of hard for Lewis to overcome between now if he is to achieve that goal, but Burns believes he could go even further.
“I think he wants to go pro and you can’t rule it out,” he said.
“Fitness-wise he will suit going professional. He is not someone who needs dragging out of bed to go for a run because he is a fitness fanatic and as far as I know he always has been. In fact we often have to tell him to slow down.”
FORMER Repton amateur Daniel Cadman is in action this Saturday at York Hall when he tops the bill against Portsmouth rival Paul Morby for the Southern Area middleweight title.
It is former British lightweight champion Graham Earle’s first promotion, with Jay Morris, Joe Hillerby, Tery Holmes, Joel McIntyre, Navid Iran and George Jupp all set to face selected opponents.