Tatham: First loss means I’m more dangerous than ever

Steve Gray raises the hand of Lee Duncan as Tomi Tatham tastes defeat for the first time. Picture: Karen Priestley (@karenpriestley)
Steve Gray raises the hand of Lee Duncan as Tomi Tatham tastes defeat for the first time. Picture: Karen Priestley (@karenpriestley)

Tomi Tatham believes his is more dangerous than ever after his undefeated record came to an end.

The Bentham light-heavyweight tasted defeat for the first time with a six-round points defeat to Sheffield’s Lee Duncan at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Friday night.

It sees the 24-year-old’s record slip to 5-1, but he believes the result is far from a disaster.

The former Skerton ABC fighter, known as TNT, said: “They’ll be some people who will point out that I’m not undefeated anymore but I think it makes me more dangerous because I’m not thinking about protecting my 0 (unbeaten record).

“And I know what losing feels like and I don’t want to feel it again.

“In the next fight someone is going to have some to do some real damage to beat me.”

Tatham doesn’t know when his next fight will be and admits he is still hurting despite taking the positives from the Blackpool loss.

He said: “I’m still absolutely gutted.

“I know I’m better than that guy and I know I can beat him.

“But my tactics were slightly off and by the time we realised it was too late and my head had gone.

“I should have maybe fought a bit dirty too but it’s not my style.

“I can’t make excuses though. I lost the fight.”

The Bentham man also didn’t agree with referee Steve Grey’s 59-56 scoring of the fight but knows his first loss is an experience that will stand him in good stead as his career develops.

Tatham said: “I thought it was maybe a draw, but the scoring seemed to say I’d lost four rounds, drawn one and only won one.

“He should have had a point deducted for holding too.

“He was a really annoying, awkward fighter, but I thought I’d maybe pinched it with the home crowd.

“I’ll learn from it. I haven’t felt this bad in a long time and I don’t want the feeling again.”

Tomi would like to thank sponsors Salix Alba skin care, Myers Group and Dr Kruger.