Edinburgh’s Lewis Benson says the recent hype surrounding Tyson Fury’s unified world heavyweight title win over Wladimir Klitschko has whetted his appetite for similar success.
The MGM fighter, who celebrated his 24th birthday last Wednesday, accepts he has some way to go before he is even considered in a similar bracket to the aforementioned boxing phenomenons.
However, that won’t deter him from believing he has what it takes to reach the very top.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games athlete contests his third professional bout at Meadowbank tonight against England’s Matt Seawright having registered back-to-back victories since signing a three-year deal with promoter Sam Kynoch in June.
The light welterweight boxer said: “I like the build up to these fights and that one [Fury v Klitschko] was just great to watch. It’s what I want. I want everyone to know about me in the boxing world. I don’t care about people recognising me in the street or whatever, I just want people to come and see me fight. I know I’ll be in a really exciting fight one day that grips the fans. I know I have what it takes.”
Benson is anticipating another victory on tonight’s ‘Edinburgh Fight Night’ bill, his opponent having failed to register a win since May 2013.
“It’s going to be another night, another win so I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “The second that bell goes I’ll take over. He’ll find out he’s way out of his league. I won’t give him a chance to take any confidence as it’s going to be one-way traffic.
“It’s a guy who’s slightly heavier than me so it’s all about experience. I see the route they’re using matching me with bigger, tougher guys so by the time I fight at a championship weight, I’ll be ready for it.
“There’s no ifs or buts, I’m going to win this fight 100 per cent and I am going to win titles. I’m not anywhere near where I’m looking to be next year. I know where the bigger picture lies and these fights are all about getting wins.
“I will fight a ten-rounder next year, possibly a Scottish Area title, Celtic ... who knows. I’ve had a lot of amateur experience and to be honest, I’ve settled in well as a pro. A lot of people have been raving about me.”
Also on tonight’s card is stable-mate and super middleweight boxer, Tommy Philbin.
The former Lochend amateur is seeking his second win after a successful debut over Mitch Mitchell in September, Hull’s Luke Allon next in line for the 25-year-old.
Having gone through the rigours of a ten-week training camp in preparation for tonight’s bout, Philbin offered an insight into the demands he puts his body through.
“Once you get back into training, you have to start off with just some light stuff so you’re doing some bag and pad work, a lot of running and some weights,” he explained. “When you start to bring in the sparring after about five weeks, the runs start to decrease and it’s more just a case of sprinting.
“About two weeks before the fight, you come off the weights and strength and conditioning so the focus is on circuits. The last week involves just making the weight and tapering down with the pads.
“For ten-week camps, I’m in the gym six days a week, Monday to Saturday so it can be tough going.”
Similarly to the other boxers on tonight’s show, Philbin is targeting a real breakthrough in 2016.
“It’s going to be a great night and I can’t wait to get in there,” he said. “I’ll have the better of him [Allon] whatever he brings. I’ll sit down with Sam [Kynoch] after tonight and discuss what next year holds for myself. I’m hoping to at least get six fights in 2016 and would certainly love a crack at a title.”
Meanwhile, Scotland’s amateurs welcome rivals England to the Capital tonight for their clash at Castle Boxing Gym on Spittal Street Lane.
The event, organised by Bradley Welsh’s Amateur Boxing Association Scotland registered charity is a sell out.