“He’s gonna find out for the first time, what it’s actually like to be in a real fight!” TGAO (The Gloves Are Off) heavyweight prospect Tom Gifford (0-1) is licking his …
“He’s gonna find out for the first time, what it’s actually like to be in a real fight!”
TGAO (The Gloves Are Off) heavyweight prospect Tom Gifford (0-1) is licking his lips in ferocious-anticipation as he prepares to obliterate his adversary Togbe Kofi (2-0) in true and brutal, bare-knuckle fashion when the two heavies collide for their title fight this Saturday night.
Gifford possesses a rich plethora of combat experience, knowledge, and training – competing as an amateur and professional boxer, whilst delving into Thai Boxing and Pro Wrestling on stages and platforms worldwide.
Now, however, after a premature stoppage on his debut, the big fella from Birmingham is poised and raring to dish out a bare-fisted thrashing upon his man to claim the BKB amateur strap.
Ahead of his bout, Bare Knuckle Boxing News spoke exclusively to Tom, touching on his vast, professional fighting background, and of course, his prediction for Saturday, December 7.
“I’m originally from Birmingham but from the age of nine I moved to France and I started boxing over there as an amateur. I came back to England when I was eighteen with twenty-one amateur fights under my belt before turning professional.
I had six pro fights (five in the UK and one in New Zealand), but I packed-it-in due to issues with management; had a stint in Thai Land and done some Thai boxing before coming back home to England and deciding to get into bare-knuckle scene.”
Tom talked about his opponent and how he’s preparing for his heavyweight title fight:
“I don’t know too much about Kofi; I know he’s had two fights and two wins by knockout and stoppage. Other than that – I don’t really know that much about him mate but there’ll be no sniffing him out to be honest on Saturday; not over two, three-minute rounds. He’s too big of a lad who likes to swing his arms about – so there’ll be no waiting with this one.
Anyone who’s watching I’d advise not to f***ing blink if I’m honest because he’s gonna find out for the first time, what it’s actually like to be in a real fight!”
“Preparation for this fight is being first! I’m used to getting on the back foot, waiting to counter, but after my last fight, and seeing the way the lads fight in BKB – they’re very forward and wild – I’ve had to change my game plan and get off the back foot and do more coming forward, looking for the big shot straight away.”
How he’ll adapt with a change in boxing style:
“It is a change of style for me,definitely – but when you’ve got a guy who’s 6ft 6″ and 18 stone coming swinging for you, that’s the rocket up your arse you need to come forward straight away.”
“Let’s be honest, we’re two big lads who are both capable of stopping the fight with one punch. But, trust me – I’m gonna get in there and land first – and I’m gonna win by knockout within the first round.”
His BKB plans after December 7?
“I don’t know mate – I take each fight as it comes. Come Sunday, December 8 I’ll know what the plan is after that.”
Don’t miss a cracking night of amateur BKB action, live from Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Worcester where Tom Gifford challenges Togbe King for the heavyweight title.