TEAM GB boxer Lewis Williams returned from Hungary last week with a silver medal after demonstrating his class in his first tournament of the year.
The Cleary’s boxer reached the final of the 63rd edition of the Bocksai Tournament as Team GB’s heaviest weight class competitor in the 91kg category, losing out narrowly to Serhii Horskov of Ukraine by unanimous decision.
Lewis and his team believed that he had landed the cleaner punches in the bout and deserved to edge the fight, but judges decided the other way after a closely fought contest.
His three bouts against some of Europe’s best will undoubtedly aid the Leamington fighter for the forthcoming year, next facing a trip to Finland or Russia in March.
In his preliminary round fight last Thursday, he faced Hungarian champion Adam Hamor – a potential banana skin for Williams given the home advantage in his opponents favour.
Williams came fast out of the blocks and was too sharp for his opponent, wobbling the Hungarian in the second round and eventually winning by unanimous decision.
A semi-final against Russian Ivan Sagaidak was another stern test, proving a long bout for Williams as his opponent attempted to unsettle him.
But the Leamington boxer again came out on top, winning by a split decision after frustrating the Eastern European, before his unfortunate loss to Horskov in the final.