Bentham boxer Tomi Tatham is targeting a step up in class after his latest victory.
The 26-year-old light heavyweight, known as TNT, was a four-round points winner over awkward journeyman Jamie Ambler on the VIP Promotions show at Preston’s Guild Hall on Saturday night.
The Bentham man, who trains at Karl Ince’s gym in Catforth near Preston, said: “I’m hoping the next one will be a step up.
“I need to be stepping up in class now.
“I’ve spoken to Steve (Wood, promoter) and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be able to get a Masters title fight or an eight-rounder.
“I want something to kick me on to where I want to be.”
In the medium to long term where Tatham wants to be is amongst the best 12st 7lb fighters in the country.
He said: “I’m not looking at anyone particular at the moment but by the end of next year I want to be heading for the top 10 in the country.
“There are people in there at the moment and I’ll be looking to take their place.”
On Saturday night Tatham was given the verdict 39-37 by referee John Latham as he overcame Ambler, a durable fighter who has shared the ring with the likes of world contenders Paul Smith and Rocky Fielding.
He said: “I was pleased with the win.
“His record is poor but he’s an underrated fighter.
“I think the referee gave him the third round.
“Nobody seemed to think I’d lost it but he caught me with some clean shots even though nothing bothered me.
“He’s a good fighter. He’s boxed guys like Paul Smith and Rocky Fielding so he’s been in with good company.
“He gave me some nice words afterwards too which was nice.”
Tatham was once again roared on by a loud following at Preston’s Guild Hall on Saturday night.
Around 130 fans came from Lancaster and the surrounding area and made plenty of noise on a show that included five fights after a number of pullouts hit the originally advertised bill.
Tatham said: “A huge thank you to Karl and Steve for still putting it on.
“I sold 130 tickets so I think most of the crowd were my lot!
“They definitely played their part again and were loud and noisy.”
His fight was streamed live on vipboxing.tv and is expected to be available to watch on VIP Boxing’s YouTube channel soon.
Tatham, who supplements his boxing career by personal training and running fitness classes was due back in the gym on Wednesday and hopes to return to the ring in September.