Explosive Tatham going for pro win number five

Tomi Tatham on the attack against Jody Meikle. Picture: Karen Priestley @karenpriestley
Tomi Tatham on the attack against Jody Meikle. Picture: Karen Priestley @karenpriestley
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Bentham’s undefeated knockout artist is hoping to end his first season as a professional on a high with a fifth straight victory.

Tomi Tatham, nicknamed TNT, takes on journeyman James Tucker this Saturday, July 20, at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

The 24-year-old light heavyweight admits he is looking forward to a break but only after he has further enhanced his growing reputation by taking his professional record to 5-0.

He said: “Training has been brilliant this time.

“I’m still fit from the last fight and the weather’s been nice.

“But that does mean everyone’s been out BBQing and stuff so it’s a lot harder than usual to resist the temptations.

“I obviously have done though because I take it very seriously. I’m looking forward to the fight and the time off afterwards.

“I’ll still be going down to the gym three times a week in Bolton because I need to keep working on my technique, I’m still an apprentice I’m still learning.

“But it’ll be good to socialise and other stuff around my boxing.”

The fight will come only six weeks after Tatham recorded a points win over awkward veteran Jody Meikle in Blackpool at the beginning of June.

The explosive prospect hopes Doncaster’s Tucker, who has an unflattering professional record of just eight wins in 73 contests but has been in the ring with future stars Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding, will attack more than Meikle.

He said: “I hope he’s a come forward type of fighter and I’ve looked at his videos online and it looks like he is.

“My last fight was a bit cagey so if he comes forward I can get into him a bit.”

And despite having a reputation for stoppages, Tatham says he won’t go recklessly hunting a fourth stoppage in five outings.

He said: “I’ve been working on a few things and if I can get them out there it shows I’m listening and learning.

“To get a stoppage would be great because I’d finish the season on a high.

“But I’m not going to go looking for it. If it happens, it happens. I know I’ve got the power.”

The VIP Promotions show in Bolton has a packed 18-fight card including two title fights.

It will be streamed live on vipboxing.tv.

For tickets, priced £30 for general admission and £50 for ringside, call Tomi on 07885 277 682.