By Craig Watt
Photos: Team Tomlinson
Unbeaten WBO #4 ranked super-featherweight Will Tomlinson (15-0, 11 KOs) is seen by many experts as one of Australia’s top boxing prospects after an impressive start to his professional career. He has impressed in each outing of his fifteen fight unbeaten run to date and takes on Indonesian Billy Sumba (18-3-1, 4 KOs) on April 8th at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria. With his WBO #4 ranking he now has Scottish world champion Ricky Burns in his sights and hopes for a shot at the world title in the next twelve months.
He told Fightnews today, “I am not one of these fighters who trash talks or calls out his opponents but I am determined to become a world super-featherweight champion in the next year and with my WBO#4 ranking it makes sense for me to progress towards a title fight with Ricky Burns, the full WBO champion at 130 pounds.”
“I watched his fight against Roman Martinez and he was very effective, did the boxing basics well and showed great heart. I am unbeaten now in fifteen fights and I am progressing well so it is not too distant an ambition to fight for the WBO title. I am even prepared to travel to Scotland to secure a title shot. Until that point comes though I will concentrate on delivering an improved performance each time I get in the ring.”
He added, “I know Sumba will come to fight and he is one of those fighters who is always entertaining. He gets up off the floor and is dangerous with both hands so I must be on my guard. With my world ranking in the WBO now I have everything to lose so must be completely focussed on this next fight. I have trained hard and with just two weeks left to my fight I am ready to go and extend my unbeaten record and enhance my world ranking.”
The 24 year old Tomlinson, known as “Wild Will” from Blacktown, Sydney, impressed in his last fight when he defeated highly regarded Ray Labao from the Philipines over twelve rounds in November 2010. Labao came into the fight with a 19-2 record but Tomlinson won nearly every round on the scorecards and won by scores of 120-108 and 119-109 (twice) to secure the WBO Asia Pacific super-featherweight title. He boxed superbly well and dominated the bout to secure the WBO regional title.
Tomlinson is also the WBO Oriental 130 pound champion after defeating Elly Ray with an eight round stoppage in August 2010.
If “Wild Will” continues his boxing development in 2011 then a world title shot is within his grasp for one of Australia’s leading boxing prospects.
He concluded, “2011 is a defining year for my boxing career and if I can develop my skills further on the global scale then a world title shot is within my grasp. If I keep winning and get to the mandatory position then the champions must fight me. I am young enough to become one of the best super-featherweights in the world and with dedication and determination I know I can secure my goal to be an Australian world boxing champion.”