Ilkeston boxer ready to rumble in first fight - year on from cheating death
Man mountain Rob '˜Big Red' Lamont is ready to launch his boxing career - a year after he cheated death.
Doctors told Lamont he was lucky to be alive after a concrete beam fell on his head while he was at work and left him in a coma.
Lamont has rebuilt his life following the accident and is preparing for his boxing debut in Nottingham next month.
He’s set to be matched at PRZYM nightclub on Saturday, August 20 and at 6ft 8ins tall and around 24 stones, Lamont has the size to make an impact in the super-heavyweight division on the EBF circuit.
“After the accident, I lost my drive, my confidence and affected my eyesight as well,” said the 24 year old, “But as year on, I’m doing what I want to do and I’m proud of myself.
“Ever since I was a kid I always looked up to boxers and was forever reading about boxing, but until now, the opportunity to box wasn’t really there.”
Lamont instead played rugby for Long Eaton, competed in strongman competitions and had a spell as a professional wrestler.
For his boxing debut, he’s training in Nottingham. Lamont said: “I’ve kept my power, size and strength and now I’m doing more fitness work. It’s a massive change, but I’m working hard.”
“I’m not big headed and never have been, but I think people will be surprised by how fast I am and how well I move for a big man.
“People want to see something out of the ordinary and I want to put on a show for everyone who buys a ticket.
“My opponents should definitely feel it if I hit them on the chin, but I don’t want to just stand toe to toe.
“I want to stand out, be a bit different.
“I had a year as a professional wrestler, but I have no intention of going back to that. I’m going to put my heart and soul into boxing.
“I want to work my way up and be the best I can be.”
Tickets for the show are available from Lamont at [email protected]