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Lewis Richard­son be­gins the new sea­son in style at Box Cup

Boxing News - - Contents - Am­a­teur Edi­tor John Den­nen @Box­ingnewsjd

Champs crowned at the Celtic Box Cup

THE UK’S mid­dleweight di­vi­sion is stacked with tal­ent but Lewis Richard­son is plan­ning on mak­ing his mark this sea­son. He started as he means to go on, af­ter win­ning 75kgs gold at the Celtic Box Cup in Dun­gar­van, Water­ford on Oc­to­ber 1.

“It was a good trip. I’ve done the Haringey the last four years run­ning, I’ve done the Eind­hoven Box Cup as well last year and I’ve won them but I just wanted to get ex­pe­ri­ence, trav­el­ling else­where, dif­fer­ent op­po­nents, dif­fer­ent styles. It was good and a good tour­na­ment. I boxed two Ir­ish box­ers, both good, they were both dif­fer­ent styles, both a good stan­dard as well,” he told Box­ing News.

He out­pointed Ke­lyn Cas­sidy in the semi-fi­nal. “I didn’t re­alise he’d done the un­der 22 Euro­peans this sum­mer and he won the Ir­ish se­nior ti­tle as well. He was quite tricky in the end. He was a switch hitter and coun­ter­puncher. I just had to time things well and draw him in. When I gath­ered his best stance was ortho­dox, when he was switch­ing to south­paw I tried to ap­ply the pres­sure a lit­tle bit more. To be fair it worked and I had a good last round and that prob­a­bly won me the fight,” Richard­son said.

In the fi­nal he tack­led Rory O’don­aghue who’d moved up from wel­ter­weight. “He had a short ag­gres­sive style and to be fair that suits me down to the ground, I’m more a counter-puncher any­way. He ap­plies pres­sure well but I was on my feet quite nicely, mov­ing, cre­at­ing an­gles and that so that was quite a com­fort­able vic­tory in the end,” Lewis ex­plained.

Richard­son boxed four times for Eng­land last sea­son and took on Olympian Stephen Don­nelly in Ire­land, los­ing on points. “It was al­ways go­ing to be tough, a close de­ci­sion,” he says. “It was an­other close one. I boxed in March against Swe­den, that was a good win. I fought well.”

He also plans to com­pete in the NABCS. “It’ll be my fi­nal year do­ing them, I’ve won them twice but hope­fully get a third ti­tle and then start pre­par­ing for the ABAS in April af­ter that,” he said. “That’s my goal for this sea­son to win the ABAS.”

He reached the semi-fi­nals of the Elite cham­pi­onships this year, de­feat­ing Kelvin Fawaz in the quar­ter-fi­nal. “In the Lon­don divi­sional area, he’d had four and stopped four, some­thing like that. Then he stopped the boy in the pre quar­ter fi­nal. I knew a bit about him, I did my re­search, it was an awk­ward fight. He didn’t throw the su­per­man punch! It was good,” Lewis noted.

This year tal­ented GB mid­dleweight Ben Whittaker stood in his way, de­feat­ing Richard­son in the semi-fi­nal of the Elite cham­pi­onships. “We’re both coun­ter­punch­ers, we both lead off each other, we know each other quite well now. It’s al­ways so close and it’s al­ways so frus­trat­ing, so close and yet so far sort of thing. It’s just try­ing to reach that next tiny level to be able to beat him. I do be­lieve I can. I will have to one day. It’s al­ways ten­ta­tive and there’s not a lot of punches thrown. We could go for 12 rounds, it’s very men­tal, a lot of mind games with us two,” Richard­son re­flected.

“I do feel like I’m up there. When­ever I box Whittaker, it’s re­ally, re­ally close. I ac­tu­ally don’t be­lieve there’s any­one else in Eng­land or Great Bri­tain who gives him the trou­bles I do. Styles make fights at the end of the day. I think I’m his tough­est com­pe­ti­tion. I boxed [ John] Docherty in the GB cham­pi­onships last year, again it was close. I thought I was un­lucky. I haven’t met [ Jor­dan] Reynolds yet but hope­fully we’ll meet soon. I be­lieve I’m a match for any of them.” CELTIC BOX CUP ELITE FI­NALS RE­SULTS

52: Mark Cor­co­ran (Corinthi­ans) outpd Eder Cler­voix (Box­ing Canada) unan. 54: Kristy Har­ris (Box­ing Aus­tralia) outpd Kel­lie Mcloudhlin (Drim­nagh) unan.

56: Myles Casey (St. Fran­cis) outpd Ti­ago Lopes (Uniao SC de Mira Sin­tra) unan.

60: Kel­lie Har­ring­ton (St. Mary’s Dublin) outpd Caro­line Veyre (Box­ing Canada) split, Ge­orge Bates (St. Mary’s Dublin) outpd Frankie Cleary (Bal­lina) split. 64: Thomas Blu­men­feld (Box­ing Canada) outpd Stephen Mckenna (Old School) split, Joanne Lambe (Car­rick­macross) outpd Chaz O’neill (Athlone) split.

69: Kerry Davis (Chel­tenham KO) outpd Gard­ner Moore (Lochend) unan, David Bar­rett (Ry­lane) outpd Conor Ivors (St. Fran­cis) split.

75: Caitlinn Parker (Box­ing Aus­tralia) outpd Tam­mara Thibeault (Box­ing Canada) split, Lewis Richard­son (Es­sex Univer­sity) outpd Rory O’donoghue (De­fence Fore­ces) split. 81: An­thony Browne (St. Michael’s) outpd Har­ley David O’reilly (Box­ing Canada) split.

91&: Marin Keenan (Rathkeale) bt Thomas Carty (Glas­nevin) w/o.

‘I BE­LIEVE I’M A MATCH FOR ANY OF THEM. MY GOAL THIS SEA­SON IS TO WIN THE ABAS’

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