Bentham’s Tatham still undefeated

Referee Steve Gray raises the hand of Tomi Tatham after victory over Jody Meikle. Picture: Karen Priestley @karenpriestley
Referee Steve Gray raises the hand of Tomi Tatham after victory over Jody Meikle. Picture: Karen Priestley @karenpriestley
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Bentham’s resident bruiser kept up his 100 per cent record as a professional in Blackpool on Friday night.

Light-heavyweight Tomi Tatham made it four victories in the paid ranks after beating awkward journeyman Jody Meikle on points over four rounds.

Tomi Tatham lands a big right hand on his way to victory over Jody Meikle in Blackpool. Picture: Karen Priestley @karenpriestley

Tomi Tatham lands a big right hand on his way to victory over Jody Meikle in Blackpool. Picture: Karen Priestley @karenpriestley

It was the biggest test to date for the man known as TNT, who had seen off his previous three opponents in explosive fashion.

But the 24-year-old kept his discipline and says it was the kind of fight he needed at this stage of his career.

He said: “Three rounds went by and I thought I’ll go for him now.

“But I’d boxed well and didn’t want to push too much because he could have made me look a bit of an idiot if I was throwing air shots and stuff.

“I got out of the fight what I wanted too.

“I thought it was good for me against an experienced, tough, awkward guy. It was a very good learning fight.”

Tatham stalked the Scunthorpe man for the majority of the fight and landed the cleaner shots with the margin of victory, 39-38, a little generous for Meikle who although elusive at times, was quick to spoil when he found himself on the back foot.

The Bentham puncher said: “I was a bit shocked by the score.

“I rang up a few of my mates afterwards and said ‘how did it look from outside the ring’ and they said I’d won every round.

“I thought maybe one could have been a draw but I dominated the other three.

“If I’d have backed off there wouldn’t have been a fight so I was chasing him trying to entertain.

“I got the win so I can’t be anything but happy.”

Tatham is due out again in six weeks in Bolton looking to make it five wins as a professional, meaning he gets little time off before it’s back to training.

He said: “I’m back out on July 20 which means I’m back in the gym on Wednesday.

“We’ll be looking at the bad points from my last fight and trying to rectify them.”