As a young man with a ‘colourful’ past, Anthony Tomlinson (12-0, 7KOs) turned his life around after walking into Dennis Hobson’s boxing gym to lace up gloves for the first time. Now, just a few years later, and sporting an unbeaten pro record, the 29-year-old has come full-circle and signed a promotional deal with Hobson’s Fight Academy outfit.
The Sheffield welterweight is rated as one of the UK’s best young prospects. With seven of his 12 wins coming by KO, ‘The Truth’ is hugely exciting and has thrilled the crowds with his knockout power. Already a Central Area, and IBO Continental, belt holder, Anthony is ready to move on to the next level, and says that teaming up with Hobson – and his soon to be announced new TV platform – is the perfect stage to achieve his goals.
“I’ve known Dennis since I first ever walked into a boxing gym, and I believe he can take me on to the next part of my career,” said Anthony, who has been sparring Conor Benn in the lead up to the Ilford man’s clash with Samuel Vargas this weekend. “This new TV platform is going to be the next biggest thing in British boxing. It’s going to make it easier for people to watch the sport, and I’m really excited to have my name up there as part of the launch.
“I wasn’t the best of kids growing up; I had 15 amateur fights and then turned pro because of my age. So, I’m definitely still learning on the job, but if you look at my pro career I’ve always jumped in at the deep end. I’ve fought people that others wouldn’t have done so early in their careers. I know I’m capable and believe in my ability.
“I feel like I’ve always been ready to take the step up. I believe I’m past the Area and English Titles now; the British and Commonwealth Titles are ones I’d really like to fight for because I want to fulfil a promise I made to my son. I’ve spoke with Dennis though and we’ve got a plan for moving forward, and even if that means bypassing the British and Commonwealth, then I’ll come back to them later on down the line.”
In his last fight, the 29-year-old Yorky produced a career-best performance to stop Scotland's Stewart Burt (13-2-1, 1KOs) in their British and Commonwealth Welterweight Title Eliminator on the undercard of Kell Brook vs Mark DeLuca over a year ago in February 2020.
Fight news for Anthony will be announced soon – watch this space…