Patterson keeping tactics under wraps
TOBIAS Webb's Cardiff opponent for the Welsh super-middleweight title will take the ring in Swansea tomorrow evening with his trainer declaring the tactics Lewis Patterson will employ as top secret.
Patterson is an ex-kick boxing world title contender and there is no shortage of footage of the 27-year-old in action in his previous sporting life.
But with just three fights to his name under the Marquis of Queensbury rules, he is largely an unknown quantity as a boxer.
"He has his own style but it is not for me to say what it involves," said Patterson's trainer Tony Richards ahead of the bout at the Oceana.
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"We don't want to give anything away.
"There are not many clips of Lewis boxing on YouTube. There's loads of footage of him as a kick boxer, but my guess is Tobias and his people will find that only so useful.
"All I can say is we are not going over there to make up the numbers.
"We have been studying the tape of Tobias's defeat by Rocky Fielding in the Prizefighter competition and we believe we have worked out a decent way to fight him.
"But the tactics and style we will use? We'll keep those under wraps until tomorrow."
Webb is just outside the top ten in the British rankings and sees the tilt at the Welsh 12st crown as a stepping stone to bigger things.
But Patterson will also take the ring with serious ambitions.
He failed in his bid for a kick-boxing world title when he was disqualified against Ruddy Romard-Renaud but he still wants to achieve as a sportsman.
"It isn't the case that only one fighter will have ambitions in that ring," said Richards. "Lewis wants to achieve things as well.
"The Welsh title is prestigious in its own right and it would be brilliant for him to win it. If he is successful, he will push on, maybe have a crack at a Celtic title over the next year — who knows where he will end up.
"It should be a good fight tomorrow.
"Tobias is a good boxer but so is Lewis. He is someone who is very competitive, as you can tell from his kick-boxing career. He went a load of fights unbeaten in kick boxing and that counts for something because it shows he is a winner.
"He knows this is a big opportunity."
Chris Jenkins, Greg Pickin and Leon Findlay are all set to feature on the undercard.