Carter relishing pro challenge
Danny Wayne Armstrong
Boxing Monthly talks to debutant Lee Carter, a former soldier and heavyweight made in the good old Manchester mould.
Name: Lee Carter
Hometown: Gorton, Manchester
Height: 6ft 5in
Gym: Murray Machines
Management: Steve Furness
Amateur Highlight: Army Champion
BM: Why did you choose boxing and how did you know the time was right to turn professional?
LC: I boxed in the army. I went into the army at 16 and became the middleweight champion of my regiment. Then when I came out I just did weights for about three or four years, then fought unlicensed and found it too easy. I was then advised by [former British, Commonwealth, European lightweight champion] John Murray that turning over would be for the best. It was after the Crolla fight, he came to mine for a drink, he still had his boots and shorts on. We were in my back garden and he said I should go professional, and here we are.
BM: How has training been going for the fight, who have you been sparring?
LC: Training was a shock to the system to tell you the truth but I soon got into the rhythm. I’ve been sparring at the Collyhurst & Moston Lads club in Manchester and all over the North West. but I’ve dedicated myself to this, I’ve taken it on full time. I’ve taken it seriously, it’s the only way to do it.
BM: The British heavyweight boxing scene is the best it has ever been; Tyson Fury is world champion, Anthony Joshua holds the IBF belt, and there are a talented number of fringe contenders such as Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora. Do you intend to gatecrash the party?
LC: No, the likes of Fury and Joshua and those around them are elite level fighters. Being in the army made me a realist and I will just be focussing firstly on the area titles and taking each step as it comes.
BM: You’re of the blue persuasion of Manchester football teams. Ricky Hatton was a huge City fan and boxed at the club’s ground. Is it something you’re looking to carry on and emulate?
LC: Nope. There’s enough pressure as it is fighting at the Victoria Warehouse on Saturday night!
BM: How big an impact has your coach John Murray had on your career?
LC: John’s had an unbelievable impact impact on me and my decision to get into boxing. I’ve known John for over 25 years and we’re best mates. He’s got me really focused on him slowing down and sitting on his shots more and bringing through his power.
BM: What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses as a boxer?
LC: My greatest strength would be my power, and my downfall being that I like a good tear-up. I am a come forward fighter.
BM: Who was your boxing idol growing up?
LC: I would have to say any of these three: Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton and Prince Naseem Hamed.
BM: Who are your best friends in boxing?
LC: John and Joe Murray (17-2-0, 7 KOs), Central Area super featherweight champion Chris Conwell & Andy Kremner (6-0, 1 KO).
BM: Do you do much dieting as a heavyweight?
LC: I generally eat healthy, but I wouldn’t class myself as a typical heavyweight. I boxed as a middleweight in the amateurs but I am 18 stone now. I eat steak and lots of greens normally.
BM: You’ve previously served in the army, do you see similarities in the disciplines of boxing and the army?
LC: So, so similar. There is a lot of focus on controlled aggression and the ability to switch on and switch off. Hopefully it will hold me in good stead.
BM: Have you planned anything noticeable on your shorts or for your ringwalk?
LC: Ha ha! No comment, was going to do some form of a ‘slut drop’ [a dance move] but [that] would be too disrespectful to the regimental attire being worn.
BM: Have you got a message for anyone there on the night? What can they expect?
LC: Have a good time and hope you all enjoy the fight, if you can’t make it there then please tune into vipboxing.tv