Super-welterweight prospect Lloyd Ellett’s (18-1) next scheduled fight date has been confirmed for February 12 at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton on a Crusader Events show.
The 28-year-old Sussex boxer confirmed, “It’ll be a six-rounder against an international opponent on February 12 in my hometown of Brighton.”
Ellett’s last outing was on December 4 in London defeating rival, Faheem Khan (7-7-2), for a second time in his career, outpointing the 33-year-old southpaw from Devon comfortably at 60-55.
However, the final round of the rematch saw Ellett receive a nasty gash above the right eye caused by a clash of heads that resulted in a total of nine stitches to close the wound post-fight for the victor.
The injury raised serious doubts over the ‘Lightning Bolt’s’ chances of fighting so soon afterwards in February.
Ellett, part of the iBox Gym in Bromley, commented, “My manager, Scott Welch and promoter, Mickey Helliet both wanted me to fight to get another win under my belt.
“I only fought three times last year so I wanted to fight because I need to work and get paid like anyone else.”
Despite the decision hanging in the balance since last year, the consummate professional kept himself in the gym focused on the fight date regardless.
The three-time Masters champion stated, “I had about 10 days off after the last fight and then my camp started around the middle of December, I even went for run on Christmas Day!
“Now it’s the New Year, it’ll be foot on the gas again so I’ll be more than ready come February.”
Cuts above the eye typically take two to four weeks to heal but the layer of new skin will remain thin for months later and susceptible to reopening easily.
“It has healed really quickly but don’t know when I can spar again yet, so I’ll just have to see how the next couple of weeks go,” explained Ellett.
Without looking past the February fight, the ‘Lightning Bolt’ is eyeing his next move already, “I’d like to either fight again quickly or fight for a belt in the next few months, whether it’s Southern Area, English or another decent title.
“If we didn’t have this cut then things would have been different, we would have been making plans. I’ve got Micky Helliet back on board now and he’s looking at the potential opportunities for titles or eliminators next.”
Ellett, who was signed to Queensberry Promotions for a brief spell during 2015, has campaigned at super-welterweight for his entire four-year long professional boxing career but has recently decided to consider stepping down a weight since reaching championship level.
“I don’t know what weight to challenge at yet,” he said. “I’m still testing the waters but I feel like I can fight at either welter or super-welter.”
The February 12 Crusader Events show at the Metropole Hotel also features popular Brighton boxer, Nicky Jenman (14-8-1); unbeaten heavyweight prospect, Nick Webb (3-0) from Chertsey, Surrey; and Shoreham super-lightweight, Marcus Eaton (6-0-1).