Brighton’s unbeaten light-middleweight prospect Lloyd Ellett 16-0 goes up against the durable Latvian super-middleweight Raimonds Sneidze 11-24-1 on The Young Guns card at the York Hall tonight.
The show features the headlining fight between unbeaten Miles Shinkwin and challenger Richard Horton for Shinkwin’s Southern Area light-heavyweight title and serves Ellett with his York Hall debut in front of the BoxNation cameras.
The three-times Masters champion, recently signed by Frank Warren, commented, “Yeah, I definitely I want to make a statement every time I fight but this one even more so because it’s on TV and everyone will see it. I’m not gonna overthink it, it’s just another fight but I want to perform to my best, as always.”
The 23-year-old Latvian usually operates at super-middleweight and weighed in with a significant weight advantage over his Brighton counter-part. Ellett commented, “Yeah he weighed in at 11’7 and I was 11’4 but I’d been planning to come in at 11’2 so on the day I ate breakfast and drank all day. I’m not worried, I’ve got it planned what I’m going to do. I’ve watched a bit of footage on him but I’ve left it to Al [Alan Smith] to look at him, he looks tall and a bit gangly but I’ve got my game plan and I’m used to sparring taller people like Bradley Skeete.”
Ellett is a product of Alan Smith and Eddie Lam’s iBox Gym in Bromley, Kent which is home to gifted fighters Bradley Skeete, Lewis Pettitt and Johnny Garton. The Brighton and Hove Albion FC fan has been keeping fit since his last fight in October when he headlined the show in his hometown on Halloween night knocking out Hungarian Gergo Vari 14-6-1 in the third round to claim the vacant International Masters light-middleweight title.
“I’ve done loads of rounds of sparring since Christmas. I’ve sparred every week and we’ve picked it up in last six weeks,” he said. #
He has a decent pedigree of sparring partners to choose from such as Interim WBA World middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. also from Brighton. “I’ve sparred Chris Eubank Jr., Larry Ekundayo, Bradley Skeete, Johnny Garton, Erick Ochieng, and a Team GB lad Ted Cheeseman,” he confirmed.
Ellett demonstrated his belief in the benefits of top sparring when he flew over to Las Vegas last summer to visit the world famous Mayweather Gym to experience sparring with the likes of former British champion, Ashley Theophane and former WBO World champion, DeMarcus Corley.
The experience paid dividends as he won his previous bout in thrilling style collecting his third title and 16th straight win and catching the eye of top promoter, Frank Warren. Feeling confident, The Brighton boxer stated “I feel good, nice and relaxed, I’ve got everything done and out of the way, tickets done, weights done, trainings done, all I got to think about is the fight.”
The talented prospect is a big crowd-drawer after headlining and selling out three shows in his coastal hometown in under a year. On his Box Nation and York Hall debut (Ellett has never fought at the York Hall even as an amateur), he beamed, “I’ve done 160 tickets in the end, I would have done another 30 odd so almost close to 200 with the texts and calls I’ve had come in after the tickets went back.”
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 22-year-old super-featherweight, Mitchell Smith 10-0 as well as 19-year-old Oxhey Village-based Romeo Romaeo 6-0, also a super-featherweight. The super-middleweight Southern Area bout between Tom Baker and Kevin Greenwood co-headlines the show, with Gary Corcoran, Louis Adolphe and Kirk Garvey in support.
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