VIDEO: Tatham aiming to turn heads with knockout display

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Tomi Tatham wants to get back to what he does best - knocking people out.

The Lancaster light-heavyweight returns to the ring in Preston on Saturday night looking to continue his comeback from a hand injury.

Tomi Tatham. Picture: Karen Priestley

Tomi Tatham. Picture: Karen Priestley

The 25-year-old, known as TNT, came back after more than a year out with a points victory over Mitch Mitchell in December as he bounced back from a first career defeat.

Now Tatham, who stopped his first three opponents, wants to remind people of his explosive reputation when he faces Elvis Dube for the second time in his career at the Guild Hall live on vipboxing.tv,

He said: “I want a knockout, simple as.

“I was the knockout specialist, I was banging people out left, right and centre.

“I got a bit complacent, a bit relaxed and got a few points victories.

“I got injured and after my comeback fight I want to get back to what I do best now.”

With a pro record of 6-1, it’s a big year for Tatham who says he will think about his future in the sport if he doesn’t make waves.

The former Skerton ABC man said: “By the end of the year I’m hoping to get something like an area belt.

“If I can’t be beating these lads then I don’t really want to be in the sport.

“I do love it but at the moment it’s not earning me a lot of money.

“I need to push myself and I’m getting no younger.

“I had a year out which has slowed me down. I would be taking those fights now but it’s just a case of getting back to where I was and climbing the ladder.”

A spot on a TV show is the holy grail for all up-and-coming fighters with Tatham having one thing to his advantage - a noisy following.

He expects to take around 150 fans to Preston and knows their support coupled with a dazzling display would turn heads on a show that is being streamed free online.

Tatham said: “If I’m exciting and I’m bringing a lot of fans then I’ll get the TV time.

“That’s what I keep working on the explosive power.

“If I bring the fans, bring the noise, then I’m a promoter’s dream.

“I’m hoping I’ll get the chance.”

Training for the fight at Karl Ince’s Preston gym is going well with Tatham sharing the ring with stable mate Rick Skelton who tops the bill of the VIP Promotions show on February 28.

Tatham said: “I’m feeling good, strong and confident. 
“Training’s going really well.

“I’ve been sparring a lot of the lighter lads, working on movement because if I can catch those guys I can cut off the guys at my weight.

“I’m wanting to showcase my boxing ability and show what I’ve been learning.

“The comeback fight was more about getting confidence back in my hand.

“I just want to keep building.”

Tatham’s six-round contest is part of a big VIP Promotions bill with Cumbria’s unbeaten light middleweight Skelton facing the experienced Bradley Pryce in the main event.

The show will also be streamed live and free on www.vipboxing.tv