Boxer Tom Little aiming for big things in 2015

PUBLISHED: 15:20 07 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:26 07 April 2015

Tom Little

Tom Little

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The man who sent Brad Pitt crashing to the deck in the Guy Ritchie movie Snatch is masterminding the comeback of Hatfield heavyweight boxer Tom Little.

Little is next fighting on the Capital First show at York Hall on Saturday, April 11.

The 27-year-old has locked himself away in a training camp with former British, Commonwealth and WBO Intercontinental heavyweight champion Scott Welch, who appeared opposite Hollywood star Pitt in a bareknuckle boxing scene in the year 2000 film.

“I have started to take the sport seriously and am looking for big things this year,” said 6ft 6ins Little, who has a professional record of eight fights, five wins and three defeats.

“I have holed up with Scott Welch in Brighton six days a week in a training camp, the plan is to have a couple of warm-up fights and then try to go for the Southern Area belt,” he said.

Brixton’s Ian Lewison holds that title and won it against one of Little’s previous opponents; Tom Dallas.

Many will remember Little’s 2012 performance in Prizefighter where he started promisingly against Chatham’s Dallas, but ran out of steam before hitting the canvas exhausted.

“That was the biggest heartbreak for me in the sport,” said Little.

“I had personal problems at the time which affected me and admit I fought for the money.

“I didn’t have the legs to go for the three rounds.”

Little says he has been working hard on his fitness and the morning he spoke to the Welwyn Hatfield Times he was on his way to the gym having already been on the running track completing 10 100m repetitions that day.

He said: “I’ve been setting early 11 second 100m personal bests, and ran the 10th repetition in 12 seconds so I’m getting there, there can’t be many 6ft 6ins heavyweights doing that.”

Under the watchful eye of Welch, Little is hoping that newly gained fitness will help him with a new chapter of his own script.

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