Tomi aiming to avoid all-out war

Tomi Tatham on the attack against Elvis Dube in his last fight.
Tomi Tatham on the attack against Elvis Dube in his last fight.

Tomi Tatham likes to be crowd pleaser.

The Bentham light-heavyweight has a big-punching reputation to live up to but it isn’t always to the liking of his coach Karl Ince.

Tomi Tatham training at the Karl Ince gym. Picture: Karen Priestley

Tomi Tatham training at the Karl Ince gym. Picture: Karen Priestley

Known as TNT, the 26-year-old is keen to learn the intricacies of the fight game but admits the support of his vocal Lancaster following often means he goes into ‘war mode’ as he bluntly describes it.

“I got a slap in my last fight because I listened to them, Karl nearly took me off my stool!” said Tatham, who returns to the ring on the VIP Promotions show Preston’s Guild Hall on June 27.

“I said ‘but Karl listen to them?’

“They pay my bills and they’re going to get me the big fights.

Tomi Tatham has his hand raised after victory on Elvis Dube.

Tomi Tatham has his hand raised after victory on Elvis Dube.

“This time I want to go out there and have a thinking fight to get my shots off instead of an all-out onslaught.

“Everyone that knows me knows that I start well and then just go into war mode.

“I’m trying to get that out of myself but I like to fight.”

Tatham, 7-1 in the paid ranks, may be known for being heavy-handed but is now five fights without a stoppage.

Having come up against several durable journeyman the part-time personal trainer is hoping for an opponent who comes with some ambition.

“I want someone who comes and has a go so I can get my shots off,” said Tatham, who recently featured on BBC3 show World’s Toughest Jobs where he worked on a farm in New Zealand.

“If someone’s hands are glued to their head they can’t get their shots off.

“It’s hard for me because I’m renowned for being a big puncher and everyone’s going, has he lost his punch?

“I haven’t, I just can’t get it off.

“I’m thinking just go out there nice and gentle for the first few rounds and then see what happens.

“I’m going to try and got box but it all else fails I’ve got plan B and I can go to war.

“That’s what I can do and I can do it well where as it’s my boxing I need to work on.”

The former plasterer’s build up to the fight has been again hampered by an injury to his right hand, picked up during his last outing, a shutout six-round points win over Elvis Dube in Preston at the end of February.

It may be hindering hopes he has of stepping up his level of opposition ahead of future title fights but Tatham is staying positive.

“It’s getting really annoying,” he said.

“I feel like I’m taking two steps forward, because every fight I do feel I’m improving, and then all of a sudden I’ll get an injury and it’s one step back.

“In that crucial six weeks time after the fight where we should be working on things that we got wrong in the fight we can’t because essentially I’m one-handed.

“I’m just hoping it’ll be solid through this fight and then I can keep progressing over the summer and then look for a really good step up.”

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