Lewis Morris plans to show no mercy to his next opponent when he goes back to where it all began for him in boxing.
He’s set for action in the Stadium Suite at Walsall FC’s the Banks’s Stadium, on the Sunday afternoon of November 14, as part of a show staged by BCB Promotions.
The teenage bantamweight will be two days removed from his 20th birthday, when he undertakes his second pro contest in what is, practically, his backyard.
Morris is from nearby Bloxwich and first represented Pleck Boxing Club, as an amateur, which involved his first pro bout at the age of 11.
On his unpaid bow, the youngster won by TKO – and it was at Walsall FC! Now, some 30 amateur outings and a pro debut later, Morris returns to the fight venue.
Later in his amateur career, he switched from Pleck to Wolverhampton Boxing Club, with coach Richie Carter subsequently taking him into the pro ranks.
Morris notched another victory for Richie Carter’s Pro Boxing Stable in Wolverhampton on October 1, after a pro introduction that had been delayed.
He was initially supposed to turn over, ironically, at the Stadium Suite, five days previously, but his clash with opponent Reiss Taylor had to be put back.
Morris didn’t let the change of plan knock him out of his stride and eased to a four-round points whitewash, claiming each session for a 40-36 scoreline.
He said: “There wasn’t much time between the two dates, so I just kept myself ticking over with my running and spent some more time in the gym. It turned out well, in the end.
“He was an awkward opponent, because of his size, but I thought I boxed well and I felt comfortable in there. I was happy to get the four rounds in.
“There was a couple of times when, if I had put my punches together as I can, I could have got the stoppage, but I didn’t feel like I needed to take the risk.
“I haven’t really taken any time off from training, I was back in the gym on the following Monday, working with Richie (Carter) and getting ready again.
“I’m buzzing to be boxing in Walsall and I should have a few more people there, supporting me, than last time. I took nearly 100 then so, hopefully, there will be more than that.
“It’s almost like another debut for me. In fact, I had my first amateur fight at Walsall FC, on my 11th birthday. I stopped the lad in the second round, so that would do nicely for this one!
“I’m looking for a big performance. I won’t rush my work but, if I see my opponent hurt, this time, I’m taking him out. The win is the main thing, though, and being dominant throughout.
“I want to show everyone that I’ve got a good boxing brain. I’m a smart fighter, who can do a bit of everything, and I’ll only get better with more experience.”
Tickets for the Stadium Suite bill are on sale, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, and can be purchased directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.