Stephen Walker might just wind up having the largest cheering section inside Fox Theater when Lion Fight 37 launches at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Hailing from nearby Boston, Massachusetts, it’s fitting that “Sleep” Walker will be greeted with heaps of applause as he makes his way to the ring. But since the heavyweight’s long awaited professional debut has become part of the main card airing live on AXS TV Fights and Fight Network, the promising prospect will be center stage in front of a much larger audience. It is therefore appropriate that he gets a suitable introduction, and who better to do that than Walker himself.
Walker, who will square off against rugged journeyman Lewis Rumsey, took time out from his training to prepare his biography and let Lion Fight fans know what they can expect from him on Friday, July 28th.
“Stephen Walker is a full-time father of four. I am also a youth violence outreach worker. I go into very dangerous and high crime communities to help youth with job employment, resume building, helping them receive health insurance, and I also host educational workshop with them on cyber-bullying, low-self-esteem vs. high self-esteem, HIV workshops, and healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.
“For those who haven’t seen me fight yet, I will be bringing a lot of high volume punches and low kicks. I consider my fighting style traditional with a little freestyle. What I mean by freestyle is jumping high kicks and spinning back-fights.
“The opportunity to fight on Lion Fight as a professional is a dream come true. Lion Fight Promotions has a lot of big-name fighters. I train very, very hard in and out of the gym. I put my heart and soul in my training. I have a feeling that my opponent is very tough, but when you’re fighting with a purpose, I think that nobody can beat you. And that’s the difference between me and him.
“I have my community and young people back home all on my shoulders. I will dedicate my fight to them. I let the youth back home know that is never too late to chase your dreams. I also tell youth that just because you have felony on record, you shouldn’t let that stop you from being great or being a dreamchaser. Life always gives us a second chance. That second chance is called tomorrow.”
Lion Fight 37 is topped by a pair of title fights including the main event which will see two-division kingpin “Smokin” Jo Nattawut put his super welterweight title on the line against legendary 400-fight Thai combatant Petchtanong Banchamek. The other title fight will crown a new cruiserweight champion as undefeated rivals Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard against Paul “The Reaper” Banasiak.
Tickets for Lion Fight 37 are available at https://www.foxwoods.com/Lion-Fight/.
Lion Fight 37 airs live on AXS TV Fights and Fight Network beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.