Scorpion Boxing Club’s Lewis Napier is going from strength to strength.
The 15-year old fighter is the only local boxer to be selected for the Ulster squad to face the USA next month in the illustrious setting of the Titanic Centre, Belfast.
Lewis who boxes in the 51kg category has already faced the might of the United States when he travelled to Washington DC earlier this year with the Ulster squad, winning his bout in style and he will be hoping to ‘do the double’ when he comes up against the same opponent in a tasty re-match on November 14th.
Coach Alan ‘Spike’ Martin commented: “Lewis boxed very well in America and I would expect him to produce an equally good performance again. This is part of the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project which is a Washington D.C. based organisation who bring children from all sides of the community here together and give them an opportunity.
“There are some very influential people who sit on the board of this charity,it’s a pretty big deal over there and I’m involved in the selection of the squads. Lewis is boxing very well and when he travelled to America with the Ulster squad he was mixing with guys who have been to the European championships and a guy who has been to the Commonwealth Games which has been great for his development because he is involved with a high pool of talent.
“If you are going to progress in a sport you need to mix it at the top level. He is seeing how all these guys prepare and the way they think. He has made many good friends on the trip to America and now he is getting the opportunity to box at the Titanic Centre and this is the first time there has ever been a boxing match at the Centre so its a big event. “Lewis is also going to Bradford on 28th October to box against England which will be a tough but another very good experience for him.
“The English lads came to Northern Ireland earlier in the year and we will be travelling there with a lot of local lads from both Scorpion Boxing Club but also Churchlands Golden Gloves in Coleraine. After that he will be boxing in the Ulster Nine Counties which is at the end of November so this will be great preparation for him.”