Tatham vows to let fists do the talking

Tomi Tatham throws an uppercut against James Tucker. Picture: Karen Priestley @karenpriestley
Tomi Tatham throws an uppercut against James Tucker. Picture: Karen Priestley @karenpriestley
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Tomi Tatham isn’t one to make big promises - not yet at least.

The Bentham knockout artist has won all of his five professional contests thus far but is wary of hyping himself up too much in a sport dominated by big talkers.

“I want to bring the hype but I’ll let my fists do the talking,” said the 24-year-old light heavyweight.

“If I start giving it the big one and then it doesn’t happen I’m going to look like a fool.

“Basically I’m just going to do my talking in the ring and when it happens I’ll be there saying: ‘I believed in me’.

“I believe in myself and those that are working around me believe in me.”

Despite making a promising start to his career in the paid ranks, Tatham is honest enough to know that the next 12 months are vital to his future - starting with his latest outing at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens this Friday, November 15.

“This is my year,” he said.

“Everything that I’ve been taught I need to start putting into practice.

“I just can’t be walking through opponents, using brute strength. I need to use technique and tactics and stick to a gameplan.

“Basically this is year where it will happen for me or not.

“This will tell my coach and my manager whether I’m ready for it or whether it’s not just sinking in and I need to swerve it and go back to plastering.

“You start at a certain level and you move up and up but if I’m not ready for that next step when am I going to be ready?”

His opponent on Friday is Sheffield’s Lee Duncan, a product of the Steel City’s famous Ingle Gym, that has nurtured the likes of Prince Naseem Hamed and Kell Brook.

The 24-year-old has lost seven of his 13 contests and has been out of the ring for two years.

“I think he’ll be an awkward switch hitter and basically make the fight hard work,” said Tatham, who will have 150 noisy followers at the Winter Gardens.

“He’s been out of the ring for two years I think. His last fight was Kenny Anderson.

“He got stopped by him but Kenny Anderson’s no mug. He had the British title taken off him by George Groves who’s obviously moved onto world level now.

“He’s mixed with decent company and only been stopped by decent company so if I could it would be amazing.

“He’s been out so he might be hungrier than ever and might bring all sorts of fireworks.”

Tatham last fought in July with a four-round points win over the awkward James Tucker.

“I was that keen for the knockout my timing had gone,” said the man known as TNT.

“I just tried to drive thorough him so I’ll learn from that and take my time in this one and pick my shots better.

“I’m not the best boxer, I’m more of a fighter so over the longer distance (Friday is his first six-round contest) I’ll be able to grind my opponents down and hopefully get the stoppage.”

Along with working at trainer Karl Ince’s farm in Preston and gym in Bolton Tatham also spends plenty of time looking over his own performances and certainly doesn’t watch them through rose-tinted spectacles.

“I’m very self critical,” said Tatham.

“I watched my last fight while I was on a spinning bike and as I’m upping my pace in the fight I’ll up my pace on the bike.

“I’ll use it to fuel me because I think I should have turned it on there or should have done this or should have done that.

“It’s always critique, critique, critique.

“At the end of the day you get that many people saying you’re brilliant but they’re just lying to you.

“They want to be in that circle and don’t want to disappoint you but you’ve got to be true to yourself.”

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