Brighton’s unbeaten light-middleweight prospect Lloyd Ellett 16-0 fights on The Young Guns card at York Hall on March 27th after recently signing contracts with Frank Warren.
The show features the headlining fight between unbeaten Miles Shinkwin and challenger Richard Horton for Shinkwin’s Southern Area light-heavyweight title.
Ellett’s fight is scheduled for eight three minute rounds with opponent yet to be confirmed, “Only found out last week that I’m definitely on the show so I’ll find out this week who the opponent is. I’m expecting it to be a foreigner but not really sure yet,” said Ellett.
On signing with promoter Frank Warren, the Brighton boxer commented, “It feels amazing really, as a boxer that’s what you are looking to achieve, to fight on the big shows on TV.”
The light-middleweight who works part-time as a personal trainer not only makes his Box Nation debut on March 27th
but his York Hall debut as well, “I never boxed there even as an amateur so it’s nice to get my turn. It’s somewhere that I’ve always wanted to fight and I’m always there watching all the other fighters, I think I’ve watched every one of my teammates from iBox Gym box there. Even as an amateur, Ben Murphy was a mate of mine from Brighton & Hove ABC, and I remember going to watch him box there a couple of times all those years ago.”
The 28-year-old known as ‘Lightning’ from East Sussex is undefeated in 16 bouts and has collected three Masters titles along the way.
When turning professional, Ellett signed with Mickey Helliet of Hellraiser Promotions and was co-managed by local promoter Scott Welch.
“I was managed by Mickey Helliet before and fought on a lot of his shows and my contract was up literally a day after my last fight and he done a great job with me boxing regularly. Box Nation contacted my trainer Alan Smith and manager Scott Welch after my last fight and it was a no-brainer really,” said the 28-year-old Sussex boxer.
“It was great working with Mick, he done everything that could have been asked of him, even went out to Vegas with him for sparring. It was kind of like a co-manager role with Scott Welch. I spoke to Mick and he was fully understanding and we had a good chat and he was pleased for me. I’d recommend him to anyone looking for a manager especially if you’re in a position where you’re first turning pro.”
The talented prospect is a big crowd-drawer after headlining and selling out three shows in his coastal hometown in under a year and is a regular sparring partner to Chris Eubank Jr. and product of Alan Smith and Eddie Lam’s iBox Gym which is home to gifted fighters Bradley Skeete, Lewis Pettitt and Johnny Garton.
This fight kicks off the season for Ellett whose previous fight was on Halloween night last year as he produced a thriller of a performance by knocking out Gergo Vari 14-8-1 in the third round to collect the vacant International Masters light-middleweight title.
On his next challenge, the three times Masters champ said, “Got this eight rounder in March, will get that out of the way and the next fight will be for a title, not sure what yet but it might be for an international belt. I was meant to fight for WBC Silver International belt once before in the last Brighton show but it didn’t quite come off.”
Ellett went on to praise his new promotional outfit, “They’re great, everything that needed doing has been done and so far it’s going well so I couldn’t be happier.
“Joining Bradley [Skeete] and Lewis [Pettitt] is good for me and them two are flying at the moment. It’s all good reports from them and the Box Nation TV is the goal where you want to be.”
Southern Area champion Miles Shinkwin and challenger Richard Horton headline the London show.
Shinkwin, 26, won the Southern Area title at the beginning of December when he beat Joel McIntyre on points at the same venue and had been in line to defend the belt against Horton originally in January but the show was postponed.
On the undercard is Mitchell Smith 10-0. The 22-year-old super-featherweight’s opponent is yet to be confirmed.
Oxhey Village-based Romeo Romaeo 6-0, is also on the bill and the 19-year-old super-featherweight’s opponent is still to be announced.
The super-middleweight Southern Area bout between Tom Baker and Kevin Greenwood also headlines the show, with Gary Corcoran, Louis Adolphe and Kirk Garvey in support.
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