Debutant Tommy Collins
Hot prospect Tommy Collins made his professional debut on the Tommy Owens Promotions show “Rise of a Champions 2" at Villa park (26,10,19). Tommy from Northfield was a very accomplished amateur before turning to the paid ranks winning 17 Midlands titles and has also been a national finalist. In his first pro fight he took on a very durable fighter in Paul Ducie over 4 rounds, with his massive following behind him he put on a fantastic display of the noble art winning 40-36 on referee Shaun Messer’s score card.
I managed to catch up with Tommy and ask him a few questions about his debut. My first question for “Tommy Gun" was how did he feel when he made his debut? He told me “I was excited about my debut, because when I first started boxing (over 10 years ago), I have always wanted to be a professional boxer and every contest/boxing session I had felt like it was leading me up to my debut so I was extremely excited about it”.
My next question to Collins was, how did you think the fight went? He informed me “Personally I was extremely happy with my performance during my debut. My opponent was tough and looked eager to cause an upset but the hours spent in the gym with my father (Dean Collins) prepared me brilliantly as I was able to maintain my shape and effectively execute the game plan which resulted in me winning every round and securing the victory”.
I then asked the young fighter what is next? Have you got any fights penned in? He told me “I would love to be out again before the end of the year, and my team are looking into every potential boxing show/event that I maybe able to get onto to achieve this. But as it stands I am not currently lined up to fight this year”.
Tommy finished by saying “I would like to thank my team and my sponsors Paul Naughton (Naughton Interiors), Simon haycock (FitnessFactory2) Tommy Burns (CMS SOLUTIONS Inc) for their constant support which is enabling me to achieve my potential and carry out my dream of being a professional boxer”. Dexter’s Thoughts
I have been looking forward to seeing Tommy make his debut and was gutted I could not attend the show. I saw the fight on the live stream and have to say as debuts go I was very impressed, he controlled the ring well and dictated the pace like a seasoned pro. With his massive following cheering him on he picked his shots well and got some cracking combinations off. I have a feeling he has a great future a head of him and it would be great to see him out before Christmas. When Tommy does fight again the Birmingham Boxing Column will be there