A world-title fight at the home of his beloved Dons in front of fellow Wimbledon fans remains an ambition of European Super-Middleweight champion Lerrone Richards.
“The fans always give me a nice reception,” said Lerrone. “I want to give something back. If the supporters keep following my journey, when I’ve got a fight coming up, come and support me and hopefully one day I’ll be fighting here.”
Local-boy Lerrone from New Malden was back watching The Dons at The Cherry Red Records Stadium yesterday and although it wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for against Plymouth, the 29-year-old remains inspired by our new surroundings - which he hopes can play a part in his bid for world domination.
“It’s always a pleasure to come to a home game, the atmosphere is always brilliant,” said Lerrone. “Obviously the result didn’t go in our favour, but hopefully the team will learn from this – which I’m sure they will, and we’ll get better results in the near future.
“It’s a brilliant stadium! Unbelievable! The whole arena is just wonderful and hopefully, one day, I’ll box here.
“It’s been a dream of mine, but I don’t want to be silly about it. I know it’s got to be a big fight for me to box here in the stadium, but I believe that I’m heading in the right direction to fulfil my dreams.”
Lerrone is pictured with club mascot Haydon the Womble. (Pic credit: Ian Stephen - Pro Sports Images).
Lerrone took his belt onto the playing surface in front of fans with our Commercial Director Ivor Heller at half-time in Saturday’s match, where maybe one day a boxing ring will take centre stage.
He took his professional record to 15 wins from 15 fights by securing the European crown back in May and proudly wore the colours of Wimbledon on his shorts, during his victory over Italian Giovanni De Carolis by a unanimous decision.
“It was a special one!” said Lerrone. “I always wear black and yellow, but I wanted to do something special for the club, which means a lot to me. I put the yellow and blue on the back and I was very proud of it and I’m sure the club were too.”
You can see the full interview with the former British and Commonwealth and now European Super-Middleweight champion Lerrone Richards via the link below, to our official YouTube channel.