Q&A With Professional Boxer Lewis Benson

What have been your sporting highlights/most satisfying moment?

My personal highlight of the year has to be competing against my biggest rival and good friend, Jason Easton in the 2015 Scottish Boxing Final. He was the favourite to win the Scottish Championship in his weight division, as everyone thought I was going to defend my welterweight title. However, I decided to throw a spanner in the works and move back down to light welterweight – the same division as Jason. We both cruised to the final without displaying any real level of difficulty (no disrespect to my opponents – I just could not get up for any of the fights because Jason was the only one I wanted to fight against).

Edinburgh fight fans were buzzing for this. Both sets of fans thought their respected fighter was going to win – it made for a great atmosphere! I wanted to win so badly for everyone that has ever supported me!

I also had already agreed a pro contract before the match, so I had so much to lose!

I won on a close fight 2-1. It was a great night. I have so much respect for Jason and wish him all the best in his pro career.

What was your toughest challenge?

My toughest challenge has to fighting in the British Championships. I boxed the impressive Pat McCormack. I boxed against Pat McCormack, who is possibly the best fighter I have fought against from the UK. We had a great fight were he won on a spilt decision 2-1. It was a very close fight, so I have no complaints. I mean after that he went on to win a European silver medal, so that just shows how impressive a boxer he is.

I learned a lot from that fight and I will take all of that into the future with me.

What’s your favourite picture of you in action from 2015?

Outside of sport, what were your personal highlights?

I enjoyed going to Vegas with all my mates. It was the best 5 days of my life.

What are your goals for 2016?

I want to win my first title in 2016 and stay unbeaten.

Also I want to keep improving and hopefully at the end of the year I will be able to headline a show in my home town of Edinburgh. I might be jumping the gun slightly, but I believe in my own ability and I know my coaches and management have faith in me too.

Finally, if you could sum up your plans for 2016 in one word what would it be?