LOVABLE journeyman Lewis Van Poetsch stole the show at the Southern Area Awards in London on Sunday November 24. Fresh from a four-round points loss – not an unfamiliar result for the 126-fight veteran – to Darren Tarr in Glasgow the night before, “Poochi” took to the stage with a dance and a giggle. “At last,” he said as he proudly clutched his award for Best Supporting Boxer, “I’ve got the decision.”
Van Poetsch – who was in attendance with his family and close friend and manager/trainer, Richard Farnan – can boast a record of 9-114-2 and is a credit to the sport. It’s rare if a weekend passes when he and Farnan are not spotted on social media, laughing and joking together as they travel to an away corner somewhere in the UK, where 29-year-old van Poetsch provides lessons in endurance and ring smarts to favoured prospects.
Also doing themselves proud were recently retired pair, Wadi Camacho and Danny Couzens, who warmly embraced as their March 2018 cruiserweight slugfest – won by Camacho via ninth-round stoppage – was named as the Southern Area Fight of the Year. “This is what boxing is about,” Couzens said when referring to the pair now being pals. Couzens, 10-12-2 (2), retired in March this year following a 10-round points loss to Daniel Mendes and is now an Inspector on the Southern Area. Couzens was also honoured, alongside 15 others, for his work as an inspector.