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Homecoming fight for Kian ‘The Tec’ Thomas

Welterweight boxing star says he is 'proud to represent Camden'

08 February, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Kian ‘The Tec’ Thomas

WELTERWEIGHT Kian “The Tec” Thomas says that he feels “immense pride” whenever he steps between the ropes to represent Camden.

The 25-year-old will fight in London for the first time in over a year next Saturday (February 18) when he goes into battle against Yorkshire’s Ryan Hardy over six rounds at the renowned York Hall in Bethnal Green. Kian, who has won all six of his previous bouts in the professional ranks, says that he’s excited about his homecoming, and eager to show his supporters just what he can do.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that I’ll be fighting in London,” he said. “It makes a real difference. As I walk towards the ring on fight night, I see the faces of family and loads of friends who have come out to cheer me on. I’m proud to represent Camden every time I step into the ring, and it makes me train and fight even harder because I want to make my fans proud too. I’ve built up a great following on Facebook and Instagram, and a lot of them are people and businesses from Camden who want to support me. “Having the chance to represent the area where I grew up is great,”

Kian added. “Even now, you’ll see me riding my pedal bike up and down Kentish Town. “There’s no big-money team behind me. When you phone for tickets it’s my phone number you’re calling, or it’s the St Pancras Boxing Gym where I still train that you’re popping into. It’s all me.” Kian is refusing to take his next bout lightly, and hopes that a convincing victory next Saturday will ignite a busy year of fight fixtures.

“I’m fully focused on my fight with Hardy, I’ve trained well and I’m ready,” he confided. “I really want to progress this year and step my game up. “My biggest goal is to get into double figures and get another six or seven fights under my belt. I really want to build up my cv. “Then hopefully in 2018 I’ll be ready to start fighting for belts and titles. That’s my plan.”

This weekend Kian will be relaxing the only way boxers know how, by watching his close friend and training partner Anthony Yigit fight Lenny Daws for the vacant EBU super lightweight title.

“Since he joined St Pancras a year ago we’ve become close friends,” said Kian. “He’s a great professional and he motivates me to train harder. I want to wish him luck, I’m sure that he will do the business.”

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