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Lewis Crocker

Welterweight prospect Lewis Crocker knocked out Kent's Louis Greene in seven rounds on Wednesday evening, opening up a multitude of options for the Belfast power puncher.

Crocker (23) picked up his first professional title in the form of the vacant WBO European welterweight strap. While many favour the traditional boxing route, that title has opened doors for others such as Bradley Skeete, and was contested unsuccessfully by Belfast's Paddy Gallagher in 2019.

An all-Belfast tussle between Gallagher and Crocker would be an enticing prospect.

Gallagher was deemed unlucky to lose a technical decision to Chris Jenkins for the British and Commonwealth titles in Falls Park last year. Welshman Jenkins is capable, experienced and has never been stopped. Whether he possesses the power to keep the likes of Crocker at bay for 12 rounds is questionable.

Given that Crocker's Wakefield victim Greene was higher in the rankings, the Belfast man will leapfrog into the domestic top-10. Another former Jenkins victim, Manchester's Liam Taylor, scored an underdog win over Bradford's Darren Tetley on the undercard.

Taylor would present another interesting stylistic conundrum for Crocker, but one he would be expected to solve if he is to aspire towards major title chances.

Crocker has made it known that he fancies his chances against the likes of Conor Benn, who is building his reputation as a Matchroom asset. Elsewhere, rangy Londoner Chris Kongo looked impressive in beating Luther Clay on the recent Whyte-Povetkin undercard.

Portsmouth-based Michael McKinson, unbeaten in 18 bouts, has Belfast connections and is also handled by MTK. A match-up between McKinson and Crocker would be a chance for one unbeaten talent to progress to the next level.

Crocker is leaving it down to his management team.

"I know I'm going to be a great welterweight," he said. "The better fighter will bring out the better performance."

Meanwhile, Anthony Cacace will defend his British super-featherweight title against Lyon Woodstock on October 10.

Promoter Frank Warren said: "Anthony Cacace and Lyon Woodstock should be a real barnstormer and the winner will be in an excellent position to secure more big fights."

Belfast Telegraph