Lewis Morris reckons living the life will pay dividends when he begins his professional boxing journey this weekend.
The Bloxwich boxer was due to make his debut in Walsall last weekend but now finds himself a part of BCB Promotions’ show in Wolverhampton, at the Hangar Events Venue (Pearson Street), when fight night arrives on Friday October 1.
The 19-year-old is raring to go after a tough training camp, spent under the tutelage of Richie Carter’s Pro Boxing Stable at Wolverhampton Boxing Club.
Morris is rarely away from a fitness setting, spending his days working as a personal trainer at Thrive Training Club & Bootcamp in Aldridge.
His introduction to the pro ranks comes after a solid amateur grounding, spent representing Pleck Boxing Club and later Wolverhampton BC.
He posted an amateur record of 24 wins from 31 unpaid bouts, picking up area honours twice in the England Junior Championships.
After a troublesome shoulder problem, he returned to compete at youth and senior level, before making the decision to turn pro.
A new beginning takes shape close to home with his debut, where Morris hopes to lure his opponent into a false sense of security.
He said: “I’ll be buzzing to get in there, I know there will be a big crowd and I’m the local boy, but I’ll be quite calm. That’s good for me, because I box better when I relax.
“I’ve been training twice a day, getting up at 5am every morning for a run, then in the gym all day and at the boxing club after work.
“Rich (Carter) pushes us all very hard and always gets that last extra bit out of me. He knows what it takes – he’s been there and done it.
“My job suits my lifestyle and it keeps me motivated, because I have to set an example (as a PT) to my clients. When I have free time there, I go on the treadmill and do weights.
“So it’s gym life and boxing life, for me, and I’ve been a PT for a couple of years now. The boxing, obviously, goes much further back.
“I can see myself at featherweight, long term, the same as I was in the amateurs. I had a good record there, but some bad luck as well.
“I won two area titles, in the England Junior Championships, and lost the Midlands final for a third, on a split decision (points). I had one hand for the last round!
“I was up against a lad called Lewis Proffitt (from South Staffs Boxing Club) and I’d won the first two rounds, then my shoulder just went. Turned out it was broken.
“It was a nasty injury, bad enough to keep me out for 28 months, so I had a long time away. By the time I came back, I was too old for the juniors.
“I got to another area final, in the England Youth Championships, and lost on another split to Scott Melvin (Eastside BC, Birmingham). To be fair, he’s a good fighter.
“I had one bout as a senior, I won unanimously (points) and it was a good performance. I liked it without the headguard, I didn’t get hit and my opponent felt my shots more.
“I can hit hard, for my weight, and I can evade shots that come my way. I’m a decent counter puncher. Hopefully, with the hard work I put in, that will take me somewhere. I feel ready.”
The show is topped by Conah Walker versus Jamie Stewart for the Midlands Area Welterweight Title.
The undercard is stacked with local talent with Wolverhampton’s Kirstie Bavington, debutants Ollie Cooper (Cannock), Jermaine Osbourne-Edwards (Wolverhampton) and Alex Round (Wednesfield) are all in action alongside Dudley’s Ethan Collins
All boxers weigh-in at The Hangar on Thursday at 1:30pm. The event is free to the public to attend and we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to what is fast approaching a SELL OUT Show!
VIP Tickets for the Hangar bill have all sold out and there will be no ticket sales on the evening. A handful of standard tickets priced at £40 plus booking fee are available from MyFightTickets.com.