Lightning Lloyd looks to another London success, targeting more titles
Hailing from the sunny South Coast, Brighton’s undefeated super welterweight prospect, Lloyd ‘Lightning’ Ellett, 16-0(4) is looking to add another to that record on March 27.
Having debuted less than four years ago the orthodox ring specialist already has three titles to his name, two via a stoppage result. He doesn’t want it stop there either claims the Master holder.
He’s defeated Faheem Khan (International Masters Bronze light middleweight, October 2013, TKO4), Gary Cooper (British Masters light middleweight, March 2014, PTS10) and Gergo Vari (International Masters light middleweight, October 2012, TKO3) in what was a magnificent twelve months for the fighter.
All three have been claimed in his home town’s Metropole Hotel, the only occasions he’s fought there as a professional.
“The Masters titles are a good stepping stone and helps a lot with the progression of a fighter,” Ellett said following recent talks about whether they should continue to be contested. “The win against Khan was also my first bout at home which was nice.
“I had some unbelievable support that night and to be able to win at home, as I did, was just amazing. I’d won plenty of times there as an amateur so to do so as a professional was something special.”
With the win against Khan coming just 102 seconds into the fourth, the bout with Cooper was a close affair. Traversing the full ten rounds Ellett emerged victorious by a narrow two point margin, 97-95, against the Welshman.
Speaking of his second title success he said: “I was actually dropped very early in the second round against him (Cooper).
“That gave me the time to recover and not only did I take the rest of that round I felt that I pretty much won every other round. He’s a really good fighter though and packs a hard punch which he caught me with but I won clearly and I’ve moved on from that now.”
His last fight was also at the Metropole Hotel when, having dropped his opponent in the second the third the referee called an early stop to proceedings giving the Brighton boy his third straight title. The Hungarian Vari may have posed a challenge but Ellett wastes little time when the bit is between his teeth and it took just 22 seconds of that devastating third to wrap things up.
“That last fight saw me top the bill again at the Metropole and put in another great performance, Vari came forward a lot that night and was quite game, he tried to give it a go which I like.”
Now, having been with Alan Smith and Eddie Lamb at the IBOX Gym in Bromley for nearly two years, Lightning Lloyd has made the decision to join the Frank Warren Promotions bandwagon and will be making his Boxnation debut on the 27 March at York Hall against Czech journeyman, Jan Balog, 8-24-1(3) which is the undercard of the British & Commonwealth cruiserweight collision between Matty Askin and Ovill McKenzie.
“I’m hoping that, after we get this fight out of the way we can start looking at more title fights,” the super welterweight motioned.
“Any ten rounder or a title fight would be good for my next outing and, with Liam Smith (the current British champion) looking at moving onto the international stage, he’ll leave it to the rest of the pack to fight it out, and I want to be in the mix.
“I’m hopefully going to bring an exciting style to the table and I’m prepared to give it a real go.”
Lloyd ‘Lightning’ Ellett is sponsored by construction, merchandising and logistics recruitment specialists The Shore Group and commercial rock salt suppliers, KSD Salt Services. You can follow his progress on Twitter @lightningbolt07
Article By Peter Mann