Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor has been added to the May 11 the undercard of Jamie McDonnell’s IBF bantamweight title fight against Mexico’s Julio Ceja.
Undefeated in eight bouts, Taylor will take on tough hometown fighter, Jason Ball, on the huge bill at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, with the 23-year-old determined to make a lasting impression on the, expected, 9000 strong crowd.
“It’s going to be a great experience,” stated Lewis. “Obviously I’ve never fought at a venue like this, outside at a football stadium, and it’s going to be great to say I’ve been on the undercard of a world title fight.
“I don’t normally get nervous, but obviously I’ll be wanting to impress and put on a good performance. When there are quite a few people [watching] I perform better anyway, so it should hopefully work in my favour. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Last time out in March, at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium, Taylor won the International Masters (Bronze) middleweight title, and secured his first inside-the-distance victory, with an impressive sixth round stoppage of the previously unbeaten, Greg O’Neill.
Set to make the first defence of his newly won belt against Ball at the Keepmoat, Lewis believes he is improving with every fight and that his moment on the big stage couldn’t have come at a better time.
“I like to think I’m a good [technical] boxer, and I like to work people out and wear them down.