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“Nothing has gone according to plan for me,” he said. “I turned pro (in 2009) without a promoter, so it’s been an uphill battle from the start. Then there have been injuries, fights falling through . . . “

At times in his pro career, Lewison has appeared under motivated and with a security business and properties, he doesn’t have to fight.

But he has his pride – it kept him on his feet for 10 punishing rounds against Whyte – and doesn’t want to be remembered by casual fans as the fighter beaten by Joyce on his pro debut.

The bright future that now stretches out in front of Joyce once stretched out in front of Lewison.

In his debut season, he ran through everyone to win the ABA Novice title in 1999 – and kept running through everyone until he met David Dolan in the ABA final and was beaten on points.

The late Gary Mason was a mentor at Miguel’s ABC in Brixton – “He was always around giving me advice” – but Lewison says narrow defeats – including a loss to David Price in the ABAs in 2003 – left him “disheartened.

“I was an exciting amateur. I used to come forward throwing bombs, but when you know you’ve won a fight and they give it to the other guy, it leaves you disheartened.”

“I stopped (boxing) for a while.”

Lewison turned pro in 2009 and on his best nights, he’s reached a ‘Prizefighter’ final and thrashed Tom Dallas inside a couple of rounds for the vacant Southern Area belt.

Lewison has seven wins inside two rounds on his 12-3-1 record – and says he’s planning to start fast against Joyce.

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