Boxing: Sweet smell of success in the air for title-hope Louis
Louis '2 Sweet' Norman would rather get punched in the face than play for Nottingham Forest!
As a schoolboy, Norman was a promising left-back and had trials at Forest, but he instead chose boxing and has the biggest fight of his exciting ring career on Sunday.
The teenage talent squares up to Mohammad Waqas for the vacant British Masters flyweight championship in Whitwick – eight miles from his Shepshed home – in what looks like a 50-50 clash between unbeaten prospects.
"I could have carried on playing football and probably made a lot of money," said Norman.
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"But it's not all about the money. I box because I want to be a champion.
"I did enjoy playing football, but I was always getting injured.
"I ended up in hospital every week, and I've never even had a bloody nose in a fight!"
Norman has a super-slick, hit-and-don't-get hit style that has taken him to three straight wins as a professional.
He has talent outside the ring as well, as the 19-year-old says he plans to celebrate winning the title with a sing-song at his local.
"I like a bit of karaoke, even though I can't sing much," he said.
"I'll be at the Red Lion after the fight singing That's Life by Frank Sinatra. It's always a good laugh."
Rendall Munroe may join Norman for a post-fight drink having come out of retirement to help his former stable-mate's big-fight preparations.
They have sparred together at the Shinfields' gym in Somercotes and Norman said: "Rendall has been such a massive help.
"I wouldn't be where I am today without him.
"I'm hoping I can fill his shoes and, hopefully, go even further than him and win the world title.
"It's not impossible, if I work hard and believe in myself."
Norman's first target is the British Masters belt.
Waqas was a good amateur with South Bank ABC in Middlesbrough. He reached the ABA light-flyweight final in 2011, and has won all four professional fights.
"Whoever wins is going to take a step nearer the British title," said Norman.
"I'm 100 per cent certain it's going to be me. We've got the game-plan right.
"I'm fit enough to work for three minutes of every round, and I'm ready to go into the later rounds.
"People are saying it's a 50-50 fight, but I can only see one winner – and that's me."