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EXCLUSIVE! Lewis Pettitt interview – “I’d jump at a shot at Ryan Walsh”

By Dan Davies (@DanDavies98)

Lewis Pettitt [19(9)-2] is one of the UK’s brightest prospects who is currently heading towards a British Title shot in the Featherweight division where the current champion is his promotional stable mate, Ryan Walsh.
Lewis made his pro debut in May 2010 and now 6 years on we had the pleasure of asking him a few questions about his career at present, where he is heading towards as well as a big fight prediction for Fury vs Klitschko 2.

The 25 year old from London has fought twice this year and looks to be as active as possible in order to nail down a British title shot which will then hopefully propel him on to bigger and better things. See what he had to say when we caught up with him below.
TWBW: Lewis, your last fight was on the Hughie Fury undercard on 30th April against Tibor Nadori who you stopped inside 2 rounds. Did you feel as though the fight went to plan? What were your original tactics?

LP: Yes the fight went to plan. I hadn’t seen him before but I knew that he was tall, a mover and didn’t like body shots so I knew that I had to sink them in to the body and it worked!

TWBW: Since the start of this year you have already fought twice, is it your aim to be as active as possible or is this just coincidence?

LP: It’s great to be active and I’d fight every week if I could. Frank Warren and Queensberry are doing a wicked job in keeping me busy until a big domestic title fight comes up.

TWBW: Do you have any idea when your next fight will be? Could it be on the Fury vs Klitschko undercard on July 9th?

LP: I am being told it will be in July but I’m just waiting on confirmation of a date. As much as I’d like it to be, it won’t be on the Fury Vs Klitschko card.

TWBW: What is your prediction for the Fury vs Klitschko fight?

LP: I expect a Fury win again. I really hope he wins again as I’m a big Fury fan think he’s wicked for boxing and great outside the ring as well.

TWBW: On boxrec you are ranked at 13th in Britain, who in the UK would you like to fight this year to prove that you belong higher in those rankings?

LP: BoxRec has me as a super featherweight whereas I should be a featherweight. I’d fight anyone above me in the featherweight rankings. Selby and Warrington are on course to box each other. I’d like one good test 8-10 rounder at featherweight with anyone above me then go for the British Title.

TWBW: Ryan Walsh is the current British champion at featherweight and last fought on the same show as you when he stopped James Tennyson. Would you consider boxing James Tennyson in order to make a statement to Ryan in order to get the fight?

LP: Tennyson would be a good fight! I’m open to box anyone and would jump at a shot at Walsh if it was offered to me. Although my team around me want me to have one meaningful test at featherweight and then go for the British title as its a new weight and I’ve never boxed anyone of note or done the rounds at this new weight.

TWBW: Who in your opinion is the best featherweight in the world at the moment?

LP: Lomachenko is the best featherweight in the world followed by Gary Russell Jrn in my opinion. Then you have the likes of Selby, Santa Cruz and Frampton all in the mix, it’s a red hot division, but I’d put lomachenko number 1 with Russell number 2.

TWBW: And finally, who is the best fighter you have ever sparred with?

LP: I’ve sparred lots of good fighters who each have helped me in different ways, but the biggest named fighters have been Quigg & Frampton.

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