Louis Lye is keen to put his home village Iver on the boxing map as he looks to make it three wins out of three as a professional at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday.
Iver is home to the Finnegan brothers, Kevin and Chris, but Lye is keen to ensure he also makes a name for himself in the sport, and he’s KO’d fast food to accelerate his progress.
On Saturday (April 20) he’ll take on Costa Evangelou.
Manager Robert Lloyd-Taylor thinks the 25-year-old has bags of potential. As an amateur Lye won the Haringey Box Cup gold three times, as a chubby heavyweight, but he’s now taking the sport more seriously.
“I would train hard,” said Lye.
“But I’d eat anything. I would eat fast food, burgers – and I love a sandwich.
“I pretty much ate what I wanted – until my 14th fight when I decided it was time to drop down a weight.
“I’m dieting well now I’m a pro and Robert really pushes me in the gym.
“I’ve known him since I was an amateur. We used to train in the same gym and Robert said to me: ‘Come and see me when you want to turn pro’. I was going to go in the ABAs, but decided to go pro instead.
“It’s going well so far. I learned a lot from my second fight.”
That was a points win over Harry Matthews early last month and Lye said: “I learned a lot from that fight.”
Lloyd-Taylor sees a bright future for Lye, but the fighter himself said: “I’m not cocky. I’m not going to say: ‘I’m going to do this’. I’m quietly confident. I will let my fists do the talking.”