Tatham vows to prove doubters wrong after British title challenge is knocked back

Tomi Tatham trains with Erik Skoglund in Sweden.
Tomi Tatham trains with Erik Skoglund in Sweden.
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Tomi Tatham has vowed to prove his doubters wrong after seeing a bid to challenge for the British title knocked back.

The Bentham light-heavyweight was put forward as a potential opponent for Lonsdale belt holder Hosea Burton on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s world title defence at the Manchester Arena on May 7.

The British Boxing Board of Control have deemed Tatham isn’t the right man to take on Tyson Fury’s cousin however leaving the 26-year-old to weigh up his options.

Tatham, who won the International Challenge title with a thrilling win over Eric Mokonzo last time out, said: “I don’t why but I’ve been knocked back.

“All I can do is keep training hard and when the opportunity does come I’ll be better than ever.

“If I’ve got to go the route of getting the English, the Commonwealth and then making myself the mandatory, I’m not bothered. I’ll fight anyone.

“It’s frustrating because I can only beat the people put in front of me and fight the people who will fight me.

“It spurs me on though to show people how good I can be.

“I just want a date and a good fight now.”

Despite the disappointment Tatham, 11-1 as a pro, has been using his time wisely spending 10 days out in Sweden sparring with world ranked Erik Skoglund.

Skoglund, 24-0, faces Ryno Liebenberg this Saturday night in Stockholm as he looks to close in on world honours.

Tatham said: “I had to do everything right because if not I was getting punished.

“It was a brilliant learning experience and I think I impressed because they’d been struggling to get people to do rounds with him.

“There was obviously a difference in levels and I needed to shape up but I think I did well.”