Lewis Benson hasn’t entirely stuck to honing his boxing skills in preparation for tonight’s bout with Lithuanian Edvinas Puplauskas in Glasgow.
The Light welterweight MGM fighter this week teamed up with Rio-bound Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley and rally driver John MacCrone in aid of solicitors Watermans Sports Ambassador Day – the trio are all currently supported by the Leith-based firm.
Tuesday proved a steep learning curve for Benson, who spent the morning at Fife’s Knockhill Racing Circuit with young prospect MacCrone prior to spending the afternoon showcasing his own attributes at Lochend Boxing Club. Then, it was off to Grangemouth High School where the men were put through their paces in the pool by 400 metres individual medley athlete Miley.
It was the last training regime of the day that really left its mark on the 24-year-old boxer.
“It was a class day seeing how the others go about their business. But Hannah is an absolute machine. She’s up at 4.45am every day, runs to the pool before training and then trains both morning and afternoon,” Benson said. “What she has to do is unbelievable, so fair play to her.
“Her strength and conditioning is so good and to be honest, she wasn’t that bad when I was teaching her some boxing either! She threw some pretty good punches.
“I’m not a very good swimmer, though, so when it came round to her teaching me in the pool, I wasn’t great.
“The rally driving at Knockhill was great fun too. I drove the car and John was giving me pointers, but then he took us round himself and it was just like, ‘Wow’. He made it look so easy so it was brilliant to see.”
Benson has an unblemished record since joining the paid ranks last summer and will be looking to secure his fifth consecutive victory at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. He does, however, view Puplauskas as a tough proposition despite tonight being just the Lithuanian’s second pro-fight of his career.
“I’ve asked to be stepped up so I think this will be a good test for me,” he said. “ I’ve not really been hit as a professional yet so I’m sure tonight I’ll finally see someone coming for me. He was a top fighter in the amateurs.
“My last opponent [Radoslav Mitev] was supposed to give me a test but just didn’t fancy it. But, if you look at those who have also stopped him before I did, they’ve all been fighting for a British title or at least at that level so I suppose that says more about how far I’ve come.”