After failing at the first attempt for a professional title at the hands of experienced Ian Bailey at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, South London boxer Lewis Pettitt (11-1-0) expects to leave Medway Park on 20th September with the BBBofC Southern Area super bantamweight title. The 23 year old from Crayford has been preparing for fight night by sparring with prospects Liam Shinkwin and Adam Dingsdale and this time taking a firmer and stricter approach to training. “Training all round has been very hard, I’ve had over nine weeks of solid camp, we’ve travelled around for a lot for the best sparring and I’ve eaten a lot better on advice from our new strength coach,” said Pettitt.
The disappointment in suffering the first and only defeat of his promising career has instilled a new found discipline and has pushed the young prospect on in his quest for title glory. “My condition is by far the best I've been in. I’m recording all my best running times and finding that I have more energy left after the 10 round sparring sessions.” This will be opponent Jamie Speight’s sixth title fight in a row so experience will be on the side of the 24 year old from Kingsteignton, Devon.
The knowledgeable youngster is highly ranked in his division in Britain sitting just outside the top ten but has suffered straight defeats in his previous three fights. Both boxers have 11 wins under their belt and the title fight has the potential to be an exciting contest. The South Londoner is bringing over 200 fans along in support and had the following message for them. “Fight night, my fans will be in for a treat, it’ll be very good fight and I expect to win and win well. I don't care whether it’s on points or stoppage but this time I'll be leaving with the Southern Area title.”