Lewis Crocker has a very simple message ahead of his #MTKFightNight main event against Louis Greene next week: Expect fireworks.
Unbeaten Crocker (11-0, 6 KOs) faces former Southern Area champion Greene (12-1, 7 KOs) for the vacant WBO European welterweight title at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on August 26 – live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
The fight serves as the toughest test of Crocker’s career so far, but the Belfast star is relishing the challenge and feels it’s going to result in a fight to remember.
Crocker said: “I’m excited to be back, especially because it’s headlining my first show too. I’ve been busting for a fight for a while, so to be competing for a WBO European title is a big step up.
“With everything that’s going on in the world it’s truly great to be part of a show, so fair play to MTK Global for getting these class events together throughout August and September.
“Louis Greene is a solid opponent and has fought at a higher level than me and is ranked higher than me, so I’m expecting my toughest fight to date. I’ve always wanted to fight for a title, and you can definitely guarantee that there will be fireworks on August 26th.”
GREENE RELISHING UNDERDOG STATUS
Louis Greene is no stranger to going on the road and causing a big upset – and he is confident that it will be the same again when he takes on Lewis Crocker in next Wednesday’s huge #MTKFightNight main event.
Former Southern Area champion Greene (12-1, 7 KOs) faces unbeaten Crocker (11-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBO European welterweight title at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on August 26 – live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
There has already been one surprise in an #MTKFightNight main event after Maxi Hughes shocked Jono Carroll, and Greene feels his past experience makes it likely that another away fighter comes out on top.
Greene said: “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.
“This isn’t anything new to me and I’m really excited to be back. To be headlining a show for such a big title is great, and there are a lot of expectations on this fight.
“I was really pleased with how things went in 2019, I won all three of my fights, and it was against a high calibre of fighters, especially the win in Poland. I was over the moon and now it’s onto this fight, so everything is moving really well.
“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.”
Taylor: My experience the key against Tetley
Liam Taylor has warned Darren Tetley that his prior experience will be the big difference when the two men meet in their superb 50-50 battle on Wednesday’s huge #MTKFightNight.
Taylor (21-1-1, 10 KOs) faces unbeaten Tetley (20-0, 9 KOs) in a British and Commonwealth welterweight title eliminator at Production Park Studios in Wakefield – live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
In his last fight, Taylor challenged for the British and Commonwealth belts, where he was controversially denied a win after a technical decision draw with Chris Jenkins, but the Middleton man feels his past outings give him the advantage over Tetley.
Taylor said: “The level I’ve operated at is the biggest factor in this fight. I know when it gets hard that I can find another gear and keep going. He hasn’t been tested in a hard fight so I believe my experience will play a big part.
“He’s a decent fighter and is unbeaten so will want to hold onto that record, but I have had a great camp and I’m feeling very fit and strong, and I believe I have more than enough to beat Tetley.
“The fight was brought forward a week but it didn’t affect anything. We stopped sparring earlier because of the change but my weight is good and I’m fit to do the 12 rounds.”
Taylor has also lifted the lid on a rare form of treatment he’s undergone in the build up to the fight with Tetley, involving frog poison.
He added: “I have some friends who put me onto a treatment centre not too far from me that specialises in crazy medicines and energy work, and I love anything like that so I went to check it out and once I learned a bit about each medicine they do, I got recommended to do Kambo, which is frog poison.
“It’s a 21 day cleanse so you do three sessions over the 21 days, and it’s a very hard 30-40 minute session each time where you are burnt on the skin and poison is put in your blood stream to detox you.
“It’s also known as the warrior medicine as it gives you a clear tunnel vision focus, and has definitely helped me focus on training for this fight.”
Quinn jumping in at deep end for debut
Highly-rated amateur star Fearghus Quinn is excited by the challenge of facing a dangerous opponent in his professional debut – as he prepares to fight former Southern Area title challenger Robbie Chapman on Wednesday’s huge #MTKFightNight.
Quinn enters the paid ranks against Chapman (6-3) on a massive card at Production Park Studios in Wakefield – live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.
As an amateur, Camlough boxer Quinn won Ulster and Irish titles, and he’s setting his sights high ahead of his first fight as a professional.
Quinn said: “It’s brilliant that MTK have been able to get me out so quick after lockdown and I can’t wait to get going. Its been a long time coming as my debut was originally scheduled for April, but I’ve kept working hard and I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling.
“I’ve enjoyed the transition from amateur to professional. My debut will be over six rounds so I’ve had to prepare differently for that, but I think it will suit me and I’m looking forward to showing the work I’ve put in.
“Robbie Chapman is a tough test for my debut but I am confident in my ability. I want to move up the ranks and win titles so I might as well start as I mean to go on.
“I haven’t seen too much of Chapman, just a few clips. From what I’ve seen he is a good boxer so I’m looking forward to a good fight. I’m just trying to get as much experience as I can and showcase what I’m about in the ring to move on to bigger things.”