Lightning to strike on York Hall showpiece

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Brighton’s next big thing has a ‘Good Feeling’ that ‘Lightning’ will strike on Boxnation debut

Brains, brawn and plenty of in-ring talent make up the genetic material of undefeated South Coast super welterweight, Lloyd ‘Lightning’ Ellett, 16-0(4) as he heads into York Hall on March 28 for his Boxnation bow.

The orthodox ring specialist, who counts ‘Team Eubank’ as part of sparring repertoire heads to the capital aiming to make it a straight seventeen since his November 2011 debut. Back then it would be South African Bheki Moyo (now 0-72-2) who would be on the receiving end of a 40-36 debut win for Ellett, and he’s not looked back since.

In fact the past eighteen months has been nothing but a rollercoaster ride for the 28-year-old as his stock, and trophy cabinet, has risen.

“It’s been brilliant so far, even though, as with anyone, it’s a difficult journey and you need to establish yourself and build up a fan base,” said Ellett.

Starting on the road for Ellett was a true test of character for that fan-base but they have stuck by him and he has repaid them like he did in the amateurs.

The former Sussex & Southern, and Brighton & Hove captain won honours as both a Junior and Senior before turning over but, after just eleven outings as a pro, he claimed his first title when stopping Faheem Khan (now 7-4-2;1) in the fourth round (102 seconds) of an International Masters Bronze light middleweight title bout; it was the first of three.

“The Masters titles are a good stepping stone and helps a lot with the progression of a fighter,” Ellett continued after recent discussions about whether they should continue to be contested. “The win against Khan was also my first bout at home which was nice.

“I had some unbelievable support that night and to be able to win at home, as I did, was just amazing. I’d won plenty of times there as an amateur so to do so as a professional was something special.”

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The win, at the Metropole Hotel, is one of three successes for Brighton’s rising star at the South Coast fight venue, all for Masters straps.

Defeating Costas Osben in his very next outing at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, Ellett then found himself back under the Brighton spotlight challenging for a title when he was taken the distance against Gary Cooper (now 4-15-1;2) for the British Masters before another stoppage win, this time against Hungarian Gergo Vari (now 14-8-1;3) in the third round.

“That last fight saw me top the bill again at the Metropole and put in another great performance, Vari came forward a lot that night and was quite game, he tried to give it a go which I like.”

Now it’s onto the next step up boxing’s unpredictable ladder having signed for Frank Warren Promotions late last year as he faces Czech journeyman, Jan Balog, 8-24-1(3) at York Hall.

Although Balog brings a losing record to the table Ellett sees this as being continued progression, more so with the status this upcoming show affords.

“I’m hoping that, after we get this fight out of the way we can start looking at more title fights,” the super welterweight motioned. “Any ten rounder or a title fight would be good for my next outing and, with Liam Smith (the current British champion) looking at moving onto the international stage, he’ll leave it to the rest of the pack to fight it out, and I want to be in the mix.”

Lloyd Ellett will face Jan Balog over eight threes at York Hall on Friday 27 March, the show is headlined by Matty Askin vs. Ovill McKenzie for the latter’s British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles. The show, promoted by Frank Warren Promotions, sees the presence of two Southern Area title fights and a number of unbeaten stars, Ellett included.

Lloyd ‘Lightning’ Ellett is sponsored by construction, merchandising and logistics recruitment specialists The Shore Group and commercial rock salt suppliers, KSD Salt Services. You can follow his progress either on Twitter or via his website.

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