Brixton-based boxer Lloyd Ellett will face old rival Faheem Khan in a six-round super-welterweight clash in North London tonight.
The ‘Festive Fight Night’ event at Camden Centre will see 28-year-old Ellett go head-to-head with Khan for the second time in two years. The pair first fought in October 2013 in Brighton when Ellett bested Khan in a fourth round stoppage collecting the first of three Masters titles in the process.
Khan, 33-years-old, will be seeking revenge to even the score and will be full of confidence after recently upsetting up-and-coming prospect, Garvey Kelly in February this year. Sussex-born Ellett, who recently moved to Brixton and goes by the nickname Lightning Bolt, is upbeat about his chances.
“I know my opponent pretty well because I boxed him two years ago at the Metropole”, says Bolt. “I won by a fourth round stoppage. He’s had a couple of wins since and apparently he’s quite up for the rematch.
“I’ve always been good with southpaws, the last fight was not purely down to the fact that he was unorthodox. Mentally, I feel like I’m in a different place, I’m a lot happier where I am right now.
Khan will provide Ellett with his first fight back from defeat following his unexpected sole career loss to two-time Southern Area champion, Ryan Toms on October 2nd in Brighton.
Tasting his first defeat in 18 fights and four years as a pro, the ‘Lightning Bolt’ is looking to get back to winning ways on the first weekend of the festive period.
“The support has been amazing, other boxers have told me after their first loss the support dies down and the phone doesn’t ring the next day but my phone didn’t stop for two weeks afterwards, I couldn’t believe it,” Ellett enthused.
“I felt bad, rather than for myself I was feeling bad for other people to see how gutted they were that I got beat so hopefully I’ll put a smile back on their face.”
“Tonight’s fight going to be a lot better than last time, I’m happy with how things are now and I think it’s going to reflect in my performance.
“I’ve got a point to prove now so I’m desperate to get back in there. There’s been a lot of setbacks this year, even before that last fight but the loss is the best thing that could have happened and it’s reset my mind and whole game plan.”
The three-time Masters champion, managed by Scott Welch, recently relocated to Brixton to be closer to the iBox Gym in Bromley, where he trains alongside WBO European champion Bradley Skeete under the watchful eyes of top trainers Eddie Lamm and Alan Smith.
Ellett, who is a former Haringey Box Cup winner, enjoyed a busy campaign, winning all 16 of his fights in his first three years punching for pay.
‘The Festive Fight Night’ is being broadcast London Live channel this evening. Viewers can watch the show live on Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159 and YouView 8.