Preston boxer Suz Member vowed to return from his recent defeat. He admits he made mistakes with his weight.
Professional boxing’s first British-born Indian fighter was beaten by technical knockout in the first round last Saturday at the WBU European Championship in London, The bout was at the famous York Hall, Bethnal Green and Suz was making his first outing under new promoters, Acourtier Events.
Suz is currently mentored by Herol Graham, former Commonwealth and European Light-Middleweight champion. He underwent a rigorous training regime before the fight, but mistakenly tried to loose a few pounds in the days leading up to the night with sessions in the sauna.
This mistake meant he was almost 4kg under his Lithuanian opponent – Tadas Stulginskas – at the weigh-in before the fight.
Member said: “My heart dropped as soon as I stepped onto the scales. He (Stulginskas) was dead on 69kg, and I was at 65.6kg – well below my agreed contracted limit.
“I knew Stulginskas was going to be a strong fighter anyway because I made sure with my management that I was given a match, and not a journeyman.
“I felt drained and tired in the ring and nowhere even close to my best.
“Full credit to him (Stulginskas), he’s a good athlete and almost 6ft who took advantage of the situation and the best man won on the night.
“But it’s bitterly frustrating because it was a fight my team and I know I should have won.
“I’m not the sort of person who blames other people, and I hold my hands up to it. But there were factors that went into me losing, and those are things which I’ll ensure don’t happen again.
“We were led to believe that my opponent was orthodox, when instead he was a southpaw. It was only during the fight itself that we discovered this, and had to devise a new game-plan there and then.
“But these things happen in professional boxing, and I’m very fortunate to be coached by some of the best people in the business who work day in and day out to prepare me.
“The support I received from people all over the UK and in the North West has been unbelievable and, if anything, Saturday night has only made me more determined to be a success.”
Full-time firefighter Member, wants to make amends ahead of his next bout. Should be between April and May this year as part of his five-fight deal with Acourtier Events.
Keep in touch with Suz online by following him on Twitter @SuzMember and using #TeamSuz.
Thanks to Jack Preston, Suz Member’s Media Manager.