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Crayford boxer targets title success
2:58pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
LEWIS Pettitt promises to bring back the title from Medway Park when he faces Jamie Speight next month for the vacant southern area super bantamweight title.
The 23-year-old Crayford boxer has been preparing for the September 20 fight by sparring with prospects Iain Bailey, Liam Shinkwin and Adam Dingsdale.
Pettitt looks to be in excellent condition as he vows to become area champion.
This will be the second attempt at becoming an area champion after falling to Bailey at the York Hall last year in a bid to claim the vacant southern area featherweight title, losing on a technical knockout in the ninth round and receiving his first loss in the professional game.
Pettitt said: “Winning will put me back where I’m supposed to be.
“Last year put me back a year and it has been a long road back, I feel like I’m in the best shape now and losing was the kick up the backside I needed to get the best out of myself.
“I thought I only had to turn up to win last time, didn’t prepare correctly and let myself down.
“This time, I’ve dieted correctly and given everything in training for the last eight weeks.”
Speight, 24, will be entering into his sixth title fight in a row having previously fought for the English featherweight, southern area super bantamweight, IBO international lightweight, southern area super featherweight and British masters lightweight titles.
The experienced Devon youngster is highly ranked in his division in Britain and sits just outside the top 10, but has lost his last three fights.
Both boxers have 11 wins under their belts and have shared the anguish of losing a title fight in the pro ranks.
The fight makes for an excellent match and is one that has got boxing fans divided.
“Jamie is a good kid, I’m not overlooking him,” added Pettitt.
“I’ve trained hard and this is a fight I expect to win comfortably and move on to the next level.”
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