A lightning bolt has struck South London recently in the form of professional boxer Lloyd ‘Lightning Bolt’ Ellett.
The 28-year-old pugilist has swapped Brighton for Brixton in a bid to further his promising boxing career.
The Sussex-turned-South London sports star traded the coast for the city in order to be closer to his place of work – The iBox Gym in Bromley.
South London Blog caught up with the contender to see how he has settled into the area:
What are the biggest differences between Brighton and Brixton?
“It’s a lot closer to my gym where I train so it’s a lot easier getting from Brixton to Bromley.
It’s quite a bit busier than Brighton and I don’t bump into people that I know as often as I would back home.
South London makes you realise how small Brighton actually is, but I really like it here. Everything’s still all new so I’ve still got a big list of things that I want to do around here.”
Favourite places to go?
“Brixton Village is really good especially when I’m not in training and having to diet to make weight!
It’s got everything there – cafes, Mexican restaurants, a Columbian place I’ve been to, Honest burger, Franco Manca Pizza, it’s endless! When I’m not dieting and can treat myself, I like the Caribbean place called Fish, Wings and Tings, which is great!
I’ve not been to many places yet because I’ve not been here long and whilst I’ve been here, I’ve been in training.
It’s all so close to me and very tempting but I’ve just got to cut myself off from it all before a fight!”
What’s it like having a gym as your office?
“It’s great, obviously you have to like pushing yourself and working hard, it’s not for everyone!
We all train really hard together under the watchful eyes of top trainers, Eddie Lamm and Alan Smith, who are great coaches, and we all share a good bond, great banter and really push each other on to do well.
My teammates are WBO European welterweight champion Bradley Skeete from Penge, WBO European super-bantamweight champion Lewis Pettitt from Erith, Southern Area super-middleweight champion Darryll Williams from Forest Hill, and Southern Area welterweight champion Johnny Garton from Peckham.”
What was your amateur career like?
“As an amateur, I was the Southern County champ on numerous occasions, the English and British University champion, a Haringey Box Cup gold medallist and was lucky enough to represent England abroad.”
Do you have a large fan base in South London?
“Growing up in Brighton and captaining the Brighton & Hove Amateur Boxing Club, I have built up quite a large fan base in the area, so much so that I’ve headlined four shows there at the Brighton Metropole hotel and won three Masters titles in the process.
I’ve boxed in London 14 times so have also built up a good following here as well. I’ve actually got a lot of mates up here already and people I know from the gym in Bromley and from boxing.
What would be great for me is to have a really good following in South London so I’m hoping to get my name out there around this area next.”
When’s your next fight?
“My next fight is going to be back at The Metropole Hotel in Brighton on February 12th. This will be my 20th professional contest and will be a six-round bout against an international opponent.
Winning this will increase my chances to fight for a major title next, I’m eyeing up the English title!
Tickets are available from my official website www.lloydellett.com for anyone wishing to come out in support!”
To follow Lloyd Ellett on Twitter click here @lighningbolt07