Bentham knockout artist Tomi Tatham says he is in the best shape of his life heading into his fourth professional contest.
The light-heavyweight is hoping to enhance his growing reputation against Scunthorpe journeyman Jody Meikle on VIP Boxing’s Blackpool Winter Gardens show this Friday, June 7.
Training circuits which include flipping tyres and pulling 100kg sleds won’t sound like fun to most people but Tatham says his preparations for this fight with trainer Karl Ince have been the best of his young career so far.
The 24-year-old, known as TNT, said: “I think this training camp has been the most enjoyable one yet.
“I’ve just been feeling really good in myself. I feel like I’m improving and my coaches say I’m improving.
“It’s hard graft but it’s very different.”
His 33-year-old adversary, who bills himself as the “funniest journeyman in boxing”, has a reputation for being an awkward opponent, despite having an unflattering professional record of 34 defeats in 40 fights.
On the other hand, Tatham, who knocked down his last opponent Mitch Mitchell twice on the way to a second round stoppage win in Bolton in March, has won all of his three fights inside the scheduled distance.
However he is expecting a tougher test this time around and is looking forward to getting more ring time in the four-round contest.
He said: “I don’t know what to expect to be honest.
“It’s possible he’s going to try and wind me up and get me to lose my head a bit.
“I just need to try and stay calm and stick to our plan to win.
“He’s only been stopped twice in 40 fights but when I catch him with a couple of shots he might stop messing about.
“It’s going to be another learning experience.
“I’ve only had seven rounds in three fights because I’ve been knocking people out.”
Beyond Friday night, Tatham is looking forward to stepping up in distance as he continues to develop.
He said: “I’m due to fight again in Bolton on July 20 and then in my sixth fight hopefully I can step up to six rounds because I’ve been training for more and I’m ready.
“I want to progress and improve but I’ve got to listen to the people around me so I’m not put in situations I’m not ready for.”