There has been whispers through the boxing grapevine about a certain sparring session with Chris Eubank Jr but Lerrone Richards has decided to put the record straight on what happened behind closed doors.
“I schooled him in his own gym and he knows it. There were witnesses!” explained the decorated amateur.
The rising New Malden star returned to winning ways on Monday night after a two year ring absence at the Nordoff Robbins charity boxing night hosted by Frank Warren with a first round demolition.
Opening up on the much discussed sparring session, ‘Sniper the Boss’ continued: “Look, sparring is sparring and we all know there’s an unwritten code that you don’t go public but it’s the way that Chris Junior behaved afterwards and the dismissive way he treated me, that makes me speak.”
After a recent interview made by Billy Joe Saunders went viral on the hot topic, Richards added: “We agreed six rounds and, towards the end of the sixth, I felt a minor twinge in my back. He wanted another two rounds to try to get back some cred cos he knew I’d schooled him but I wasn’t going to risk injury.”
The slick southpaw has gained invaluable experience sparring with the likes of George Groves, Billy Joe Saunders and Bradley Skeete in recent months, but don’t count on him returning to the Eubank training camp.
“He then told me I’d not make it with that attitude. Still respectful, I told him that hopefully we’d both make it. But he boasted he was British champion, so he’d already made it! Further unrepeatable words were spoken and we left his gym.”