Boxer Tom Little hoping to get back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 17:06 29 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:10 29 May 2013

Hatfield boxer Tom Little with trainer Barry Smith (Picture by Gianluca Di Caro)

Hatfield boxer Tom Little with trainer Barry Smith (Picture by Gianluca Di Caro)


HATFIELD boxer Tom Little tasted his first defeat as a professional last time out, but he is confident of getting himself back on the winning trail.

Back in June 2012, the 25-year-old entered the Prizefighter - Heavyweights tournament at York Hall, London, but things went badly wrong for the Herts hitter.

In his first fight of the night against Tom Dallas, things were looking good after two rounds, with Little the aggressor and landing the cleaner punches.

But the third round saw Little fall apart, completely exhausted by his earlier exertions, and after he was floored just over a minute-and-a-half in, the referee saw the tank was empty and waved it off.

That defeat hurt Little, who at the time was being trained by the Graham Earl camp in Luton, and after taking some time out, he joined up with Johnny Eames and trainer Barry Smith at the Trad TKO gym in Canning Town - where fellow Hatfield boxer and current British middleweight champiuon Billy Joe Saunders also perfects his art.

“I’ve had four fights, this will be my fifth, won three of them and my only loss was against Tom Dallas in Prizefighter,” said the Hatfield pugilist.

“I’m not going to make excuses, anyone that saw it knows I didn’t get beat by the better man.

“I was in a very bad place in my life at that time, I shouldn’t have been in a boxing ring, to be quite honest with you I shouldn’t have been around people full stop, I should have been locked away, because of the things going on in my head at the time.

“That’s all behind me now though, I’m moving forward and I’ve got a good team behind me at last, in manager Johnny Eames and trainer Barry Smith as well as having a great camp at the TRAD TKO gym in Canning Town.”

Little is scheuled to take on Luke Martin at York Hall on June 1 in Eames’ first UK event labelled ‘Two Tribes Go To War.’

Headlining Eames’ first show is former IBO Light Welterweight World and British Welterweight Champion Colin Lynes in an International contest against Georgia’s Beka Sutidze.

Martin, like Little, is a newcomer to the professional circuit, and is yet to win having lost one and drawn one of his two fights so far.

Little added: “Luke Martin, well I don’t know a thing about him, don’t care, all I know is I’m going to flatten him.

“Training’s been really good, the sharpness is there and everything is coming together just right.

“I’ve got a week of sparring to go, I’m really looking forward to that, then I’m ready to go, so Luke Martin watch out. This is literally a new start for me and I’m real pleased that Johnny and Barry have given me the opportunity to have this new start.”

n Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £60 (ringside) are available on line at or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.

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