It’s a standing joke that some boxers can only count up to 10 - and they can’t even do that when the referee is about to declare them a KO victim.
But you couldn’t accuse Lewis Taylor of being dim as he prepares to make his boxing debut at Don Valley stadium on Saturday.
He is a trainee accountant and know his way around a spread sheet as well as he does the canvas.
The Dronfield number-cruncher is being trained by Sheffield’s former world champion Clinton Woods, who is preparing him to fight on the Dennis Hobson bill.
Woods said: “There are some really thick people in boxing, I have worked with a few myself and still do. But Lewis is a sharp lad who is doing the right thing by pursuing a career outside of boxing. I’ve been impressed with him since I started training him. On the pads he is phenomenal and he’s been fantastic sparring. He’s a real athlete and we’ll see how he reacts in his first pro fight as a super middleweight” (against Woking’s Hayden Chick.)
Woods will be guiding three other boxers that night - including another debutant, Jamie Sampson, a light welter who will be facing experienced Brummie Syd Razak. The others are the more established Liam Cameron, whose profile continues to expand across the city, and Reagan Denton, who is trying to make his way at light heavyweight, Woods’ former division.
“We have had a lot of work to get through with Liam, but he is a fit lad and is coming on” said Woods. “Reagan bust the ref’s nose last time he boxed - so he has to concentrate more on his opponent this time!
“Reagan needs some refinements too. I’ve told him not to keep his hands down, to improve his jab and have the confidence to throw more right hands.”
Woods admits to a few nerves before taking to the corner of four boxers on Saturday. “I’ll probably be putting vaseline in their mouth, rather than the gumshield” he joked.
“But I am looking forward to it” said Woods, who runs his a gym in Westfield.
Glyn Rhodes has signed a Doncaster school teacher and former Hallam University student Daniel Slaney, who is to campaign at light heavyweight.
He has had 40 amateur fights and will face Preston’s Stuart Maddox at Don Valley.