MOS have sponsored rising star, boxer, Lewis Williams for a number of years. Fresh off the back of gold medals in the GB three nations championships and the England national championships, Lewis tells us all about his recipe for success and what our sponsorship means to him.
How did you get into boxing and how long have you been doing it?
I first heard about boxing from a few friends who were going down to the local boxing gym. My dad had previously mentioned it to me and so I thought ‘hey, this could be easy for me’. I went down to the boys’ club and got hooked on the sport. Over time, boy, I found out it’s not as easy as just throwing some punches, there are punches coming back!
What does a normal day in your life look like?
A normal day in my life would consist of up to 3 training sessions. I live by eating, training and sleeping. All of it revolves around boxing. Firstly, I weigh in religiously to keep a close eye on my weight management. Then, I run (which is not like the rocky films I might add). Everything I do is to a time and speed. I then recover and will either do a padwork session with my coach or strength and conditioning, then to recover again. Finally, my last session is my favourite, sparring, or bag work. I then eat, relax and get ready for the next day to repeat it all over again.
What does MOS’s sponsorship mean for you?
I have relied on MOS’s sponsorship since I was 16 years old. My parents couldn’t afford my training gear, and Jane from MOS stepped in and picked up that responsibility. This meant I didn’t need to earn money for my equipment, which would have taken hours out of my training. If it wasn’t for the sponsorship, I received from MOS, my success may not be as great as it is now, as I wouldn’t have been able to dedicate so much time to the sport. It meant I was able to finish school or college and then get straight in the gym.
MOS also gave me an added pressure to my performance, I wanted to impress Jane with my success to prove that she wasn’t wasting her effort and money on me. This may be a negative to some, but it gave me an extra push in training and fighting.
What does the future look like, what’s ahead?
In the short-term I’m hoping for more experience and collecting medals in the amateurs. The Tokyo Olympics is fast approaching, so I’m aiming to qualify and get out to Japan.
Then the Birmingham commonwealth Games is in 2022 followed by the next Olympics in Paris in 2024. In between these dates I will have the European championships, World Championships and small tournaments aiming for gold medals in any competition I compete in.
Finally, do you have any advice for young people looking to get into boxing?
My advice for young people getting into Boxing would be to expect serious ups and downs. This is only a test of your integrity and character.
Creating self-discipline with training is a skill for life and always comes in handy. So, if you’re taking up the sport and looking to compete, you’ve got to be prepared to go all in.
Thank you, Lewis for your time today. We wish you all the best in your future competitions.
A note from our CEO
Supporting local talent is of great importance to my team and me. I have been sponsoring Lewis for 5 years now and I am extremely proud to have been his first ever sponsor. It has been such an inspiration to see Lewis go from strength to strength; I’m excited to see what the future holds for him.
– Jane Fletcher-Smith