Unlicensed boxing champion Lenny ‘The Main Man’ Fuller signs with JE Promotions
The 23-year-old middleweight talent from Maidstone has signed with manager Joe Elfidh with plans to debut in early 2018.
The former Westry ABC student started boxing young but switched from the amateur code to the unlicensed scene in his teens.
“I started boxing when I was 11 and had a limited amateur career with Westry ABC in Maidstone,” he explained.
“I stopped the amateurs at 14, but never been out the gym, you never really take the gloves off once you put them on, and I came back again when I was 18, wanting to compete again, so I took up unlicensed boxing with Maidstone Boxing Club.
“Then, I started training six months ago with Combat Sports Academy with trainer Lee Page, who’s now my full-time coach. He got my weight right down and in the best shape of my life.
“I boxed last week and stopped a boy in the first round of the UKBC. I have won titles in IBA, EBA, UKBC, and boxed once on the Queensbury Boxing League but got injured during the fight – I snapped the fibres in my bicep.”
Former pro and head of JE Promotions, Joe Elfidh, got to know Fuller during Sunday sparring sessions at the Invicta Gym on the Isle of Sheppey.
“I started sparring over at Ray Askew’s on Sundays and Tuesdays,” Fuller added. “I spar with [unbeaten pro] Luke Gibbo and amateurs from other gyms.
“That’s where I met Joe [Elfidh] and he said to me, why don’t I turn over, so me and my team have been talking to him over the last few weeks.”
The Kent puncher will have to go up in front of the British Boxing Board of Control early next year so it’s doubtful he will be licensed in time for JE Promotions’ next show at Mote Park in Maidstone on February 24th.
“I’m looking to debut around March onwards next year, there’s a February show but got to get in front of the board first.
“I’m going to take it one step at a time, but everything’s a stepping stone, I want to move up to six-rounds quite quickly because I’ve got the conditioning for it now, then get a British Challenge belt, then go on to the Southern Area. I want to push forward quite quickly.”
Lenny, a father of two, comes from a travelling community and expects to receive a lot of support during his professional career.
“My people have got our own bit of ground in Chart Sutton. I’ve got tons of support from the travelling community, family and friends; I used to sell quite a few tickets for the unlicensed.
“I look up to other boxers from my background like Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders, Gary Corcoran and Andy Lee. My dad was not a fighter, but I was always brought up to learn to box and keep my hands up.
“I’ve got two little boys – three and four-years-old – and they already come to the gym with me.”
Last year, JE Promotions laid on three events at Mote Park in Maidstone in February, May and October, so Fuller could likely debut on a home show in May.
The debutant concluded, “Thanks to Evolution Strength and Conditioning Gym run by Andy Gower, it’s the best gym in Kent, based in Aylesford.
“Also thanks my sponsors, Clarity Property Clearance, run by Rich Watson; Tyre Resolve; George Mahoney; Ray Askew; my trainer Lee Page; and Joe Elfidh for the opportunity.”
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