TOMLIN SCHEDULED TO FIGHT CHARLIE SERRANO AT AUSTIN PEAY UNIVERSITY, FEBRUARY 5
By Loyd McIntosh
One One Six Boxing Promotions is proud to announce Ty “Short Fuse” Tomlin will fight in the main event of Fight Night At Austin Peay. Ranked 30th in the nation among lightweights, Tomlin is scheduled to face Charlie Serrano on Saturday, February 5 on the campus of Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Coming into the bout with a record of 12-0 - eight wins by knockout - Tomlin looks to extend his current record against a quality opponent in Serrano, a 31-year-old veteran from Tampa, Florida, with a record of 16-6-2. Known for his power and ability to defeat his opponents by knockout, Tomlin has focused his training on his footwork and agility since his last fight in August 2020, a fifth-round technical knockout of Ira Terry at the Oak Grove Racing and Gaming Hotel in Oak Grove, Kentucky.
“I've been doing less than weight training for this fight,” says Tomlin. “I've been working on a lot of bodyweight stuff and really working on my foot speed, so expect a faster, quicker, sharper version of me in February.”
Six of his eight knockouts and technical knockouts have come within the first two rounds, a statement of the natural power Tomlin possesses. However, Tomlin and his father and trainer Darryl Tomlin realize he needs to develop into a more well-rounded boxer as his career progresses. “I've always been known for my power and that comes naturally to me,” says Tomlin, “but when I put the speed and precision on it, it's going to be a beautiful thing to watch.
“I'm going to be getting more power out of my legs and things like that, but my trainers want me to be fresh,” Tomlin adds. “They want my arms and my shoulders to be fresh for days when I'm punching, and they want me to be faster and more precise in the ring. So, a little less weight and then a little more speed training I think it's all going to come together and be a great product."
Tomlin considers himself a pressure fighter with the ability to break his opponents down during the course of the bout, drawing frequent comparisons to the late-great Arturo Gatti a former IBF junior lightweight and WBC super lightweight titleholder.
“I go to the body very well. I'm always there for a fight and always show up no matter what the case. I'm not afraid to take shots, although that can be either a good or a bad thing,” Tomlin says. “For this fight, I just need to focus on getting better as a total boxer, improving my speed, controlling the distance, breaking the guy down, and hopefully getting that knockout.”
At just 22 years of age, Tomlin has achieved in young career since turning pro in May 2019. However, Tomlin and his team are developing his career gradually, focusing on developing Tomlin’s skills and preparing him for a larger audience over time.
“As far as my short-term goals go, I definitely want an away fight. We've had a couple of home fights now and my promoter Lou Dibella and I have talked about going to places like New York and eventually Las Vegas and getting me on some of these bigger cards in front of a national audience. I feel like my skills are really starting to reach that level,” says Tomlin.
“As far as long-term goals, we want to get on some big cards, get ranked within the organizations, and eventually compete for some titles,” Tomlin adds. “I know I'm young and I've got a lot of things to work on, but I continue to get better every day and it won't be long before I am on a world-class level."
Tomlin’s bout with Serrano will be the main event of Fight Night at Austin Peay located less than an hour from Tomlin’s hometown of Ashland City, Tennessee. The event is promoted by One One Six Boxing Promotions, owned and operated by Brandi McCain based in Gadsden, Alabama. McCain, Alabama’s only female boxing promoter and one of the few nationwide, has developed a solid reputation in the boxing community for her fair treatment of boxers and for the quality of One One Six’s live events. Promoting shows mostly throughout Alabama, One One Six held an event in Memphis in October 2021 and is eyeing Tennessee as a state that is poised to be a big-time boxing locale, a vision shared by the Tomlin camp.
“Brandi has always been a big fan of mine and we were able to go to some of her shows and see what she had to offer. She puts on great shows and that's something we definitely like being a part of,” Tomlin says. “Brandi came to us and offered us some things that we couldn't really refuse. She wanted to come closer to our home and put on bigger shows and that's what my whole team has been trying to do - bring big-time boxing to Tennessee."
“I have been a fan of Ty’s for a while and I am thrilled to have him fighting on a One One Six Boxing Promotions card,” says McCain. “Not only is he a great fighter, but he is also a great person, and I am looking forward to seeing him fight in front of a great crowd at Austin Peay on February 5.”
Fight Night At Austin Peay
February 5, 2022
Austin Peay University
Winfield Dunn Center
601 College Street
Clarksville, TN 37044
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By Loyd McIntosh
Pell City, Alabama - Nicholas “Baby Boy” Adams won his second career professional fight in stunning fashion in front of a boisterous home crowd Saturday, December 4, 2021, at the CEPA Building at Pell City High School. Adams, a 25-year-old super-middleweight, defeated Wilson, North Carolina’s Joshuan Cox, in a first-round knockout in a fight that was never in doubt from the opening bell.
“I knew he wasn't getting out of the first round as soon as we touched gloves, really,” said Adams in a post-fight interview. “I was looking in his eyes and it was like I was looking right through him like he wasn’t all there. I thought ‘I don’t think he’s ready for what I’ve got.’”
Coming into the fight, Adams and his trainer, Martin Juarez of Juarez Boxing in Irondale, felt confident in the training regimen put in place after Adams’ debut fight in July against Keith Criddell. The focus was on improving Adam’s cardiovascular fitness, a deficiency that nearly led to his defeat last summer before rallying in the fourth round to knockout Criddell. In the months since his debut, Adams ran three miles every day and Juarez trained his pupil for an eight-round fight, twice the number of rounds scheduled for the bout with Cox.
“What I learned in my first fight is that you can be mentally prepared all you want to, but if your legs aren't in shape it doesn't matter,” said Adams during a pre-fight interview. “I’ve put in the hard work and preparation for this fight and I think I’ve graduated from chicken legs to rooster legs. They’re ready to carry me four rounds tonight.”
To the degree that Adams was over-prepared for the fight, his opponent was apparently under-prepared. At the Friday weigh-in at Jumbo’s Burgers, Wings & More, Cox weighed in at 174 pounds, ten pounds heavier than Adams and six-to-eight pounds over the agreed-upon weight of 166 pounds. Despite the significant weight difference, Jaurez and Adams believed the advantage was firmly in their corner.
“I have no concerns at all,” said Juarez. “What this says to me is he lacks dedication and training. We're ready for him.”
“Apparently he had a really good flight on the way to Birmingham because he put ten pounds on. I hope he enjoyed his flight,” said Adams. “Anyway, he weighed in overweight, but we're still going to put on a good show for the crowd tonight!”
The first bout of the second half of Logan Martin Rumble III, promoted by One One Six Boxing Promotions, Adams emerged from the locker room to thunderous applause there to support the hometown hero. Wearing black trunks and black shoes, Adams was the aggressor from the opening bell, working his left jab to Cox’s body setting up a flurry of shots to the head throughout the first round. Tactically, working the body was a point of strategy during training sessions with Juarez. “Everybody wants to be a headhunter,” Adams said. “One of the best quotes (Juarez) has taught me is ‘go to the body and the head will follow.’”
At just over a minute into the first round, Adams connected with a left hook to the head before unleashing a flurry of body shots forcing Cox into the corner and eventually to the canvas, stumbling himself in the process. Cox rose to his feet a split second before referee Coby Dodson could complete the ten count. Just 30 seconds later, Adams again landed a vicious left hand to Cox’s temple, worked the body with a blur of body shots, and crumpled Cox into the corner, this time for good.
His second knockout in as many fights, Adams improved his professional record to 2-0 but acknowledges he’s still learning how to pace himself in the ring. Recognizing he, once again, was in danger of expending too much energy too son, Adams forced himself to slow down and focus on the fight plan drawn up by Jaurez.
“I don't think I so much as slowed down as I composed myself,” Adams said shortly after the fight. “Last time I didn't know where or what to throw, but this time I knew what to do. I just had to regroup and listen and follow the game plan.”
Adams will take some time off to rest following the fight and will evaluate opportunities for his next fight which he believes will be some time in early 2022.
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