Lewis Richardson

By 10th January 2019

Achievements

  • 2018 GB Boxing Championship – Gold
  • 2019 Olympic Test Event – Gold

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 Despite starting boxing at a young age and having his first bout at 13, Lewis has always maintained his interests outside of the ring and from September 2020 he will combine his Olympic ambitions with a Masters in Sports Business Management at Sheffield Hallam University.

The decision to combine education and boxing reflects a driven and hard-working character that has seen Lewis overcome a number of challenges, including a serious back injury, in pursuit of his dream to compete at the Olympic Games.

Born and raised in Colchester, Lewis initially took-up boxing to get fit for football which he played at county level. After winning his first bout at the age of 13, he enjoyed further success and made the decision to focus on boxing after winning an England Boxing national schoolboy title in 2012.

Following his performance in the 2017 England Boxing Senior National Championships (where he lost in the semi-final to the eventual winner and future squad mate, Ben Whittaker), he secured an assessment with GB Boxing and at the start of 2018 he was offered a place in the Podium Potential squad.

The satisfaction of securing a place on the world class performance programme did not last and shortly after joining the squad Lewis was diagnosed with three stress fractures in his lower back that put him out for most of the year.

He returned in December to win the 2018 GB Boxing Championship and in 2019 he competed for GB Boxing at a number of overseas competitions.

A bronze at Spain’s Boxam Tournament in April was his first international medal and in November 2019 he reached the highpoint of his career to-date when he won gold at the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo.

After impressing the GB Boxing coaches at a training camp in Kazakhstan in January 2020, Lewis was selected to compete in the first Olympic qualifying event in London in March 2020.  Although the event was suspended after two days owing to the Coronavirus outbreak, he was one of the few boxers from Great Britain that got the opportunity to compete and he scored an impressive unanimous points victory in his first bout outpointing Victor Yoka of France to reach the last sixteen.

To guarantee a place at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Lewis will need to reach the last six when the qualifying event resumes in 2021.