Lerrone Richards was only winning £ 50 in a fight, but now he wants to defend his European title against Rocky Fielding and is looking forward to a showdown with Chris Eubank Jnr
When he jotted down a hot nursery rhyme in the Sky Sport microphone, a dedication to his baby son, newly-crowned European champion Liron Richards can look forward to even bigger fights against the big names.
The New Malden was a super middleweight weight He beat Giovanni de Carolis Over 12 rides at the Manchester Arena on May 15th. “I was in control of the fight and controlled jab, when there were times when he tried to communicate with me, sometimes I mixed it up with him and I sat in the pocket with him as well and proved to him that I could do it too.
“He was a good fighter too, with good pedigree so I’m very happy.”
“I’ve always known what I could do,” he added. “I’m not just happy because I’m the European champion. I feel the way I won the title was also great.”
He’s targeting former Liverpool player Rocky Fielding, former opponent of Canelo Alvarez, next. “It turns me on,” Richards told Boxing News. These are the battles that I want to participate in. Rocky Fielding of England, the Commonwealth, did not win Europe but was the champion of [winning a WBA secondary strap]. So I have a lot of respect for Rocky Fielding as a fighter and that would be fine. It will be a good fight, I will really enjoy it. Winning that fight will definitely propel me into a position where I can fight for a world title. I’m not looking far ahead, but when you win those big fights the doors open. I am now in a position to name names. ”
“I have gathered these belts and they are moving up. I can say that I want to fight Rocky Fielding, I can say that I want to fight Chris Eubank Jenner, whether or not they want to fight me is totally up to them. I have now put myself in Store window.
“Start rising in the world rankings and start fighting the global margin competitors and learning my profession. Fight men at a high level and see how good I am. I believe in advancing and taking the right steps at the right time and not exceeding levels. The next level now is the marginal global level.”
It took Richards years to get to this point. Despite winning the Commonwealth belt against Tommy Langford in 2019 and claiming the British title by defeating Lennox Clark that year, he turned pro all the way in 2013.
He said, “Maybe I should have been an amateur for a little longer, but I made the decision and he made me the man I am today.” “It was really hard. I wasn’t a bad hobbyist, I was a decent hobbyist. I didn’t land a big professional contract with anyone so I had to work my way up from the bottom. I was under [promoter] Miranda Carter was going to make her appearances on Sundays initially, and she just got £ 50 to fight. I was not getting paid but kept going because I thought to myself I would get there, I would get there. As long as I win.
“I didn’t get anything, I always had to earn my shots and my chances. I also believe in professional boxing, you only get one chance, so I always make sure I do my best to get it right the first time. But it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t easy. It was a long road but the journey is not over yet. I am the European champion now, I still have a long way to go, I still have a lot of learning to do and the future is bright.”
He learned along the way from sparing the likes of Tony Bello, George Groves and Billy Joe Saunders. He even closed off relations with Chris Eubank Jr. in a sparring session. “The clash wasn’t in Eubank’s favor but for me the debate was about learning and development. At a time when Eubank was a British champ, I was a rookie with four or five players so I would go there to get experience and gain some knowledge. But he was disrespectful to me. A lot and I kept it in my heart because after he said, “It won’t work.”
“I judge people based on how they treat me. Now Eubank isn’t just right for me, I might not be right for him but it’s definitely not right for me. Hopefully someday we will fight.”
“It’s only a matter of time before Eubank has to fight my warriors. I just can’t wait.”
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