Oliver McManus @OliverGMcManus
Lewis ‘Lionheart’ Syrett, a man from my neck of the words, fights in just over two weeks looking to go 5 and 0 before an assault on the domestic title scene begins, in earnest, next year.
A handy southpaw born in Tunbridge Wells, the Goodwin Boxing middleweight has impressed over the course of his four fights thus far and caught up with me earlier in the week to discuss his career to date…
Lewis, great to speak to you, fighting on November 24th, how are you feeling?
Thanks Oliver, I’m feeling great, preparation is going really well and, to be honest, I feel like I’m improving all the time.
I’ve had over 50 amateur fights
Obviously your fifth pro bout within the space of 18 months, are you happy with that sort of regularity?
Yes I’m happy to box regularly, I turned over quite late at 28 and I like to keep myself fit so why not stay active? I’m used to it from amateurs – once having 5 bouts in as many weeks.
Take me back to when you first started in boxing, then, what was it that got you into it?
I started at Sevenoaks ABC just a few months before my 18th birthday, a friend had asked me to go with him as he didn’t want to go alone but I became hooked immediately.
Made your pro debut in April last year, did it live up to your expectations?
Yeah, honestly, my debut lived up to expectations and then some. Had a really long, good camp and boxed to plan, won by 3rd round stoppage and then completed my first marathon (London) the next morning.
What has been your most pleasing performance so far?
My debut was special for reasons I mentioned before but my last fight was really pleasing as well as it was my first with new trainer John Cole. After having to pull out of one date and having a stressful build up to the fight, got the win with a 2nd round stoppage (against Aleksejs Palcuns).
And at this stage are you finding it more helpful to get rounds under the belt or do you prefer finding the knockout?
I had over 50 amateur fights and have adjusted to the pro style fairly quickly – I think so anyway – I feel if the opportunity comes for the knockout I’m going to take it.
With a manager like Steve Goodwin, how much easier does he make it to just concentrate on fighting?
Steve is a great manager and will get me out boxing as regularly as I like. It’s an honour to box at York Hall where a lot of his shows take place. .I’d like to have 4-5 fights in 2019 and hopefully be pushing for titles by the end of it.
I’ve got a hunger inside me much greater than that of other prospects
Do you think, given your age, there may be an expectation for you to progress faster than others?
Yeah, I do think there is an expectation for me to progress faster due to my age but I’ve had a lot of amateur experience and there is no reason why I can’t progress quickly.
A couple weeks ago we saw Ultimate Boxxer 2 – does that format appeal to you?
I really like the idea of Ultimate Boxxer, it’s exciting and gives boxers a chance to get themselves recognised on a big stage, and has prospects facing off against each other, I’d definitely consider it if given the chance.
And what do you feel separates you from the other prospects?
I feel I’ve got a hunger inside me much greater than that of other prospects and when it comes to it that will pay off.
Tell me then, November 24th, what can we expect to see from you?
I’m looking for a big performance to finish the year on and although I’m not going to go looking for it I’m confident of getting another stoppage win on November 24th.
There we are then, short and snappy from Syrett but a nice insight into the life of a man who’s up at 05:00 for a run, goes to work then trains after! A pleasure to speak to the middleweight prospect who fight’s next o: November 24th – tickets from £40 are available from the fighter @lewis_syrett.