Lye looking to make it three pro wins from three in bout with Costa Evangelou

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.”