BOXING: I’VE never had the feeling of wanting to stay in bed in the morning.
That’s the mindset of Cameron Tait who will take to the ring for the first time this season at Clearys’ show against the British Army Elite.
The Leamington-based fighter, who is originally from Nottingham, has been based at Clearys for two seasons – and he now has one eye on matching the likes of sparring partner Lewis Williams.
Tait is in the middle of a gruelling fitness programme, which sees him complete two hours of training in the gym six-times a week.
In addition, the JLR worker runs, and puts the extra hours in at home – all of which he hopes will pay off with his first win of the season this weekend.
He told The Observer: “I want to get on as many cards as possible. Once I’ve achieved that I’ll start to look at championships.
“When I first entered Clearys I never expected it to progress like this.
“Edwin asked me to spar with Lewis, I then had a fight, then another, and people then started to believe in me.
“Because of that I believed in myself which obviously helps.”
Tait admits he never feels the urge to stay in bed in the morning, and he was complimentary about the support he receives from his employer.
He added: “I’ve watched what Lewis, Morgan, and Danny are capable of and it gives me hope that I can succeed.
“Too many people find the excuse to duck out of things because ‘they don’t have time’.
“But if you find something you enjoy you will find the time. Something always triggers me to wake up, I’ve never had the feeling of wanting to stay in bed in the morning.”
And sparring with Lewis Williams is granting Tait the confidence he needs to face the big boys.
“Since I started at Clearys myself and Lewis have developed as fighters,” said Tait.
“Him making it to Team GB camps makes me believe, and he’s really helpful with the advice he gives.
“I have thought about the professional side of the sport, 100 per cent.
“I’m pleased with my fitness, I just need to apply it in the gym.”