When fight fans last saw USBA light weltweight champion Tim ‘Pitbull’ Coleman (18-1, 5 KOs) he was in the ring celebrating his spectacular TKO victory over former Olympian Patrick Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) of Venezuela. The bout took place this past October at the Chumash Casino in San Ynez, California on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox fight series. The odds were stacked against Coleman who was an underdog in the fight, but to go out and win the fight the way he did was even more unlikely. Coleman of Baltimore, Maryland returns to the ring on the undercard of the January 29th showdown between WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) and WBC champ Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs). Coleman will meet unbeaten light welteweight prospect Vernon Paris (23-0, 14 KOs) from nearby Detroit. The bout is currently scheduled to be fought at a catchweight of 143 pounds and 10 rounds. The site of card will be the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
Though just 26 years of age Coleman has taken the long road just to get where he has now in over 5 and half years as a professional. Though he had a solid amateur career he didnt enter the professional ranks with Olympian like credentials like others and never has been backed by a major promoter since turning professional. Thus meaning alot of fights on club shows for small purses against tough opponents. Coleman’s career took a turn for the better about a year ago when he upset former world title challenger Mike Aranoutis in his backyard of New York to win the USBA light welterweight title. Then came the recent upset of Lopez to retain his title. The Lopez win was major as it was televised on SHOWTIME and also because promoter Gary Shaw picked up options on Coleman’s next few fights which is why he got this fight with Paris. Coleman never one to bite his tongue spoke out recently as he is currently training for his upcoming fight.
On his victory over Lopez
I know that Lopez’ people were very confident that he would beat me. Though I was defending my title I know I was being brought in to lose. I had other plans though and I made a big statement in front of a large television audience. There was a lot of talk about Lopez being a former Olympian but I didnt care about all that. He and his people must have been back in their dressing rooms a good 3-4 hours after the fight as they really took the loss hard.
On his opponent Vernon Paris
We have actually sparred before. I can tell you he definitely is not a puncher. Like most midwest guys with a amateur background he can box. I know the midwest fighters get a lot of bad press but those with serious amateur backgrounds from there almost always have solid boxing skills. The boxing doesnt worry me though as I am not coming to box. I’m coming for knockouts from here on out. If Paris even thinks about disrepecting me at the pre-fight press conference or the weigh-in I will put him in his place quickly. Even in his hometown. He hasn’t fought anywhere near the competition that I have fought. Not even close. I will be the biggest name he has fought to date. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m picked to be the underdog in this fight since I’m fighting in his backyard. After beating Lopez, Gary Shaw got options on my next few fights but I honestly don’t feel he sees me as one his fighters. I’m sure he will have more interest in me after I take care of Paris.
On his future
A lot of people may not like the fact that I am so straight forward with my comments but that’s who I am. From here on out I’m coming to knock guys ASSES out!!!! Plain and simple. That’s what people want to see and that’s the only way I’m going to get a money fight. I’m giving myself a 3-4 year window to make major things happen in my career. Meaning money fights. I mean that’s what I am in this for. I see former fighters that are broke and worse than that in bad health from fighting. I refuse to end up that way. All I want right now is an opportunity to be in a major fight. I will take care of the rest once I get that.