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In spotlight: Lewis Crocker has vowed to deliver

In spotlight: Lewis Crocker has vowed to deliver

In spotlight: Lewis Crocker has vowed to deliver

Lewis Crocker is predicting an explosive display when he faces Louis Greene over 10 rounds this evening.

Headlining in a Wakefield boxing bubble, the vacant WBO European welterweight title is on the line. More importantly, it represents a further opportunity for Crocker to showcase his skills and bank more valuable rounds as he continues on a pathway to meaningful honours.

Opponent Greene represents another step up for the Belfast puncher. Tall for welterweight at 6ft, 'The Medway Mauler' has tasted defeat only once in 13 outings, and that was in a 2018 distance bout with London's Larry Ekundayo.

Wins over Joe Hayes and former Paddy Gallagher conqueror Freddy Kiwitt have shown that Greene can compete at a solid standard. Arriving as an underdog will not faze him either.

"Crocker's team will be extremely confident and they'll see me as the underdog, but even when I fought the likes of Freddy Kiwitt, Lee Gillespie and Lukasz Wierzbicki in Poland, I was expected to come unstuck in those fights and I won," said Greene.

"A win here means a lot. I've got to this point by taking big risks against hard opposition, so this is a massive opportunity for me."

Crocker (11-0, six KOs) will be expecting to surpass that level with another dominant display. In his last fight, the 23-year-old outpointed John Thain over eight rounds in the Ulster Hall.

Thain had been in with some good names and Crocker showed on the night that he has boxing ability and patience to complement his fight-ending power.

"I've always wanted to fight for a title, and you can definitely guarantee that there will be fireworks on August 26," said Crocker, who reckons Greene will provide his toughest test to date.

Beating a higher-ranked opponent like Greene will help Crocker climb the ratings and home in on a crack at domestic honours.

With an impressive statement tonight, 'The Croc' can join the list of contenders who are snapping at the heels of British welterweight champion Chris Jenkins.

Making his debut on the Production Park Studios undercard is Belfast lightweight James McGivern.

The 22-year-old southpaw is a highly-touted prospect who claimed Commonwealth Games bronze in 2018.

He will now be looking to replicate that sort of form in the professional ranks when he takes on Stockport's 112-fight veteran Jamie Quinn over six rounds.

"I'm ready to run through everyone who's put in front of me, so remember my name," enthused McGivern.

Belfast Telegraph