Edinburgh light-welterweight boxer Lewis Benson admits he is desperate to prove his doubters wrong as he prepares for his second professional bout in Glasgow tonight.
The 23-year-old MGM fighter faces Spaniard Santos Medrano at the Crowne Plaza hotel hoping to build on last month’s debut victory at Meadowbank.
However, the four-times Scottish amateur champion has been left perplexed by accusations his punching power isn’t up to scratch. Ahead of tonight’s fight Benson, pictured, said: “I want to start getting some stoppages or knockouts, however they come. I get a lot of people saying I can’t punch but I just want to start proving these people wrong.
“I was quite close to doing it in my first fight against a guy [Kristian Laight] who has only been stopped five times so I know that it’s there. I just need to show everybody else what they don’t see. I’m just going in there to do the business and get my second win.”
Benson is delighted with how things are progressing since signing his first professional contract with MGM Scotland promoter Sam Kynoch in June. The 2014 Commonwealth Games boxer is already pencilled in for his third fight at Meadowbank in December.
“I’ve never been out the gym,” Benson explained. “I just want to keep fighting and be as busy as possible. Sam knows that so I just want to keep climbing the ladder. Whenever there is a show, I sell tickets and I believe I’m probably the biggest ticket-seller in Edinburgh just now. Even though tonight’s fight is in Glasgow and £100 a ticket, I’ve sold 57.
“I’ve been out in Marbella for a training camp and have been sparring with some top pros. I’m looking to go out there three or four times a year to make the most of it. I’ve got the bug back for it and just want to fight all the time.”