News April 2019

Steven Lewis: Another product of boxing's "Brotherhood"

07.03.14

By @jamacd2011

The Everton Red Triangle gym is currently riding the crest of a wave. Under the guidance of brothers, Paul and Mick Stevenson, the gym currently boasts British & Commonwealth flyweight Champion Kevin Satchell, contenders such as James ‘Jazza’ Dickens and former Olympic team captain Tom Stalker.

The youngest of the group, welterweight Steven Lewis (4-0, 2 KOs), will feature alongside his more illustrious gym mates this Saturday on Queensberry Promotions’ “Thoroughbreds” bill at Aintree Racecourse and is eagerly anticipating the opportunity.

“It’s brilliant. I love fighting in Liverpool. I’ve only boxed at the Olympia so far in Liverpool so to get on a bill at Aintree with a load of lads from our gym, I couldn’t ask for anything better.” Lewis told Livefight.

After a highly successful amateur career which included a Junior ABA title, a National CYP title and a silver medal at the Three Nations, Lewis briefly walked away from the sport before succumbing to the lure of the gym and returning to the ring. Since lacing up the gloves again, the youngster has made up for lost time, showing dedication and determination to perfect his craft.

“I feel like I’m improving with what we’re doing in the gym and in sparring, then putting it in to the fight. I’ve improved on my speed, my strength and even my technique and skill; I feel I’ve learnt a lot as I’m maturing and developing in boxing.

“I like to work on everything rather than just focus one thing like my strength. I just work on everything, everyday in the gym and put it all together. I want all my aspects to be as good as each other.”

Surrounded by high calibre fighters Lewis gets top level sparring with the like of Stalker and Nathan Brough, who all strive to bring out the best in each other as there is a real sense of community in the gym or as Paul Stevenson described it, a “Brotherhood”.

“It’s hard sparring, very hard but it’s what you want. You want hard sparring in the gym so you can put that in to play in a fight. Tom and Nathan are just as tough as each other but we all bring each other on and I bring them on in different ways. It’s a great atmosphere. Camp has gone brilliant, not just for me but for us all. We all went through together and it’ll show on Saturday.”

At this stage Lewis is very much focussed on developing and learning his craft. However, as a fighter if an opportunity to challenge for a title arises in the near future he’ll grasp the chance with both hands.

“With it being so early in my career and with being the youngest in the gym I’m happy to just get the fights in, get the rounds in. I’m still learning my way but if something came up I’d take it tomorrow.”

Remaining tickets are available from Eventim on 0844 842 5005 or www.eventim.co.uk

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