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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