Leicester Mercury

Stormin’ Norman aims to steal the headlines

SHEPSHED FLYWEIGHT HOPES TO BE HAILED AS A FUTURE BRITISH CHAMPION

- By MATT BOZEAT

BENN Norman says fight fans will see a future British champion in Leicester next month.

The 24-year-old Shepshed flyweight will target a fourth straight win at the Morningsid­e Arena on Saturday, September 11.

The show is topped by Earl Shilton southpaw Kyle Haywood facing Ryan Amos for the vacant Midlands Area super-welterweig­ht title and promoter Carl Greaves is also set to match Stan Stannard, Joe Ducker and Kenan Wingfield-Brown in front of their home crowd.

Norman, nicknamed Lil Stormin’, said: “I want to steal the show.

“There are a lot of good lads on the show, but I want people going home talking about me.

“I want them saying: ‘Benn

Norman is going to be British champion one day.’

“I don’t want them saying: ‘Benn Norman can really take a punch!’

“The aim of boxing is to hit and not get hit.

“I’ve had three fights so far and I haven’t really taken a punch yet.”

Norman steps up to six rounds for what will be his first fight since last March. “I’ve been going to the gym since I was four years old,” he said.

“I didn’t really know what to do with myself when they were shut.

“I was just playing on the PlayStatio­n and eating and drinking whatever I wanted.

“I got back into running and going to the gym every now and then and I was very happy when (manager) Carl (Greaves) gave me a date to work towards.” Norman says that provided he keeps winning, he wants to fight for Midlands honours by the end of the year.

The belt is currently vacant and Norman says a match against Liam Dring for the belt is possible.

Dring is a 23-year-old from Chesterfie­ld who has won all three fights – and he has history with Norman.

“We boxed when we were amateurs and I won a good, competitiv­e fight,” said Norman.

“I felt comfortabl­e throughout the fight and I’m sure it would be entertaini­ng if we fought over 10 rounds as profession­als.”

Tickets for the show are available by ringing 07714 681791.

BOXING CLEVER: Benn Norman in action against Rankin Scott in their 49kg fight at the Elite National Championsh­ips in Liverpool in 2016

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