Heavy hitter does the rounds from Romania to South Shore

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BLACKPOOL has a new addition to its heavyweight boxing ranks – from far-flung Eastern Europe.

Unbeaten Lucian Bot, who hails from Romania, has signed a three-year contract with manager/trainer Sam Betts and will train out of the Sharp Style gym in Bagot Street, South Shore.

The 31-year-old stands six foot, three inches and has won 14 out of 15 contests, mostly in his native land, while drawing the other.

He won full international honours for Romania as an amateur. A number of his fights are on YouTube and five of his wins have been by knockout.

His first fight under Betts’ management is likely to be against unbeaten 6ft 6in prospect Tom Dallas.

Ambitious Betts even has his sights raised to a challenge for the European title. He enthused: “Lucian is the fastest heavyweight I have seen. He is great sparring for another of my fighters Rik Turba, who has been struggling to get sparring partners.

“Lucian hopes to compete in this year’s Prizefighter heavyweight series.”

Meantime, Turba is hoping to get an invite to take part in the Prizefighter cruiserweight version. Betts said: “Turba stopped last year’s champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson in three rounds. No-one in the cruiserweight division will fight him as a result.

“He will fight anyone, anywhere, but his next fight may be in Prizefighter.”

Part of the Bot/Turba backroom team are Andy Abrol and Mark Davies, who are booked to attend the next British Boxing Board Of Control trainer seconds course.

“They want to become affiliated trainers and we want to make Sharp Style a pro-boxing gym the town can be proud of,” Betts said.