CLEARY’S Boxing Gym’s Lewis Williams flew out to the US Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs for a 14 day training camp, ahead of his push to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Leamington boxer had a successful end to 2018 when he advanced to the podium squad before Christmas, and looked to make use of his time in the United States to his advantage to further progress his development.
With teams from the USA, China and Japan involved in the training camp, it offered a chance for Williams to experience different boxing styles and gain some international fighting nous to put to practice in his own preparations back in Leamington.
Alongside being pitted against some of the world’s best fighters in the camp, he had to contend and adapt to the Colorado altitude, with the city sitting over 1800 feet above sea-level.
Williams admitted his time at the US Olympic Training Centre was one of the toughest experiences he’s been through.
“Getting onto podium was always one of my goals but there’s so much hard work coming up this year, my coaches have really pumped up my training,” he said.
“To be honest Colorado was something different, the altitude was so hard, it was really hard in the first few days.
“But I love training and to train with the US, Chinese and Japanese teams, I just wanted to impress.”