March 1 will be a life-changing day, and hopefully a double celebration, for Taz Apergis when he boxes on VIP Promotions’ forthcoming show at the Wythenshawe Forum.
Appearing in his hometown for the first time as a pro, the unbeaten welterweight is hoping to pick up a fourth win before becoming a dad for the first time, with his partner scheduled to give birth on fight-night.
“It should be a brilliant day,” said the 29-year-old. “The due date for our baby happens to be on the same evening, so it looks like I’m just going to have to get a quick stoppage and then get off!”
Born in Corfu, Taz arrived in the UK aged nine, started boxing at 18 and never looked back. Fighting out of Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy in Wythenshawe and Champ’s Camp in Moss Side, Apergis racked up an impressive 26 wins from 31 contests in the unpaid code.
Now, with a spell in the Royal Marines behind him, Apergis is punching for pay under the guidance of former pro Ensley Bingham, and is enjoying everything about life as a fighter – even the danger.
“I love getting in shape and I love fighting,” stated Taz, who lists Marco Antonio Barrera and Ricky Hatton as his boxing role models.
“With the pros everyone’s got that puncher’s chance so I like being on edge all the time. It gets the best out of me and it’s why I turn out every day to the gym and never cut corners.”
Not yet a full time professional, Apergis has the perfect ‘other’ job for a fighter. When he’s not boxing, the Mancunian doubles as a gym instructor at The Wythenshawe Forum – once even managing to squeeze in an amateur bout during a tea break before returning to finish his shift!
A home from home, Taz is looking forward to fighting in front of a full house at his workplace, when he boxes there on March 1 alongside fellow ‘Wythenshawe Warriors’, Jimmy Kelly and Kofi Yates.
The popular trio are sure they can bring the boxing good times back to the area, and Taz is promising an exciting performance and a great evening for The Forum’s fight-fans.
“I boxed there a few times as an amateur and the crowd always raise the roof. They know you’re from the area; it’s a top feeling and they always give you an extra one hundred per cent.
“I’m working on my power and fighting on the inside. I’m a box-fighter, I box my way in and then work to the head and body, and I always try and give as much action as I can and value for money.”
“This show will hopefully be a night to remember for Taz, and is shaping up to be a really good bill for North West boxing fans,” stated promoter, Steve Wood. “Tickets are going well, the atmosphere should be electric, and hopefully we can keep coming back to Wythenshawe in the future.”
‘Wythenshawe Warriors’ will take place at the Wythenshawe Forum on March 1. Headlining will be local fighters – Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly, Taz Apergis and Kofi Yates. Also appearing will be Southport’s Mike Stafford; Accrington’s British Masters light-heavyweight champion Luke Blackledge, and Middleton’s Liam Taylor, Matthew Ryan and Jamie Brown.
Tickets, priced at £30 (General), £35.00 (Stage) and £50 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at www.vipbe.co.uk