Stefy Bull: “Hunt Is Perfect Test For Tomlinson”

STEFY BULL believes Rob Hunt is the perfect test at the right time for his charge Anthony Tomlinson.

Tomlinson and Hunt lock horns for the vacant IBO welterweight continental crown at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on Saturday night (September 21).

And Bull, who manages and co-trains Tomlinson as well as promotes this weekend’s event, feels his man is a capable of putting in the kind of performance that makes people sit up and take notice.

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“Anthony is 10-0 and he’s learnt his trade with a couple of ten round championship fights at Central Area level. Now is the time to let him off the leash and let people see what he’s capable of,” Stefy said.

“Rob Hunt is a very experienced fighter, he’s been around the block and has been the Midlands Area champion so it’s a great yardstick for Anthony at the perfect time.

“He’s got an opportunity to make a statement. People might downgrade the IBO title as it’s not one of the leading governing bodies but it’s sanctioned by the board of control, it is a championship fight and it’s an opportunity to get his name out there to a wider audience.”

Should he emerge victorious, it will be Tomlinson’s third victory in a title fight in just 11 paid outings, but Bull believes there are bigger and better things to come.

He said: “I believe Anthony definitely has major titles in him, we’re taking British and Commonwealth titles initially and building from there.

“To fight for a contintental title so early in his career will get him a ranking with a world governing body and will be good to move his career forwards.

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“He has knockout power in either hand, he’s putting bums on seats because he’s good to watch and there’s an exciting journey ahead.”

Tomlinson v Hunt is co-promoted by Stefy Bull and Ryan Rhodes and features some of South Yorkshire’s finest up-and-coming boxers, including unbeaten English flyweight champion Kyle Yousaf against tough Tanzanian Jemsi Kibazange, Bradford stylist Amin Jahanzeb, Dempsey “The Dream” Wale, Razaq Najib and Christian “The Grenade” Kinsiona.

Anthony Tomlinson: “If I Hit Anyone Right They’re Going To Sleep”

ANTHONY “THE TRUTH” TOMLINSON believes people will sit up and take notice of his unquestionable potential if he defeats Rob Hunt this Saturday night.

The Sheffield puncher, 28, takes on the experienced Stafford veteran for the vacant IBO continental welterweight crown on Stefy Bull Promotions and 26RR Promotions’ New Era event at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, with victory placing him amongst the UK’s top rated 10st 7lb fighters, but he’s setting his sights much higher.

“Winning this one will give me a world ranking. It’s another step up for me and it’s one I’m fully confident I’ll win,” Tomlinson, 10-0 (5 KOs), said.

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“Looking at Rob Hunt and the calibre of fighter he’s been in with, you know he’s very experienced but I believe I’m a step up for him as well. It’s a great fight for both of us.

“Like Stefy says, I’m a championship fighter and I’m putting my body through what I am to fight ten and 12 rounds. I’ve gone through a long and hard training camp and I can’t await until September 21 when all the hard work is going to pay off.

“I’m more than confident of beating Rob Hunt and everyone behind me believes that as well. It’s down to me not to make any mistakes on the night and get that beautiful belt around my waist.

“I’m taking things step by step and learning but I’d love to fight a world champion at welterweight for the IBO title.”

It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for Tomlinson as he’s won two Central Area title fights inside the distance and made his TV debut on Sky Sports.

The one thing that has stood out during those performances has been his devastating power, but it’s an asset that he says is nothing new.

“The power is natural. It’s always been there,” he said. “When I first started with my trainer, Ray Doyle, he said to me ‘you’ve got dynamite in your hands’.

“I didn’t really believe it myself initially but he told that when these kids start coming to fight that I’ll start knocking them out and that’s what’s happened.

“I’ll believe if I hit anyone right, I’ll put them to sleep.”

Tomlinson v Hunt is co-promoted by Stefy Bull and Ryan Rhodes and features some of South Yorkshire’s finest up-and-coming boxers, including unbeaten English flyweight champion Kyle Yousaf against tough Tanzanian Jemsi Kibazange, Bradford stylist Amin Jahanzeb, Dempsey “The Dream” Wale, Razaq Najib and Christian “The Grenade” Kinsiona.

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