No doubting Thomas’s boxing ambition
Welterweight set to return to the ring on February 10 at the York Hall in Bethnal Green
11 January, 2018 — By Steve Barnett
Kian ‘Tec’ Thomas: ‘Becoming a boxing champion is my dream’
THE new year promises to pack a punch for boxer Kian “Tec” Thomas as he sets his sights on winning an English title.
And 2018 could also prove a big hit for our young readers as we’re giving them the chance to be among the names that step into the ring with Kian (see panel, right).
The welterweight from Kentish Town has announced that he will return to action at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on February 10, although an opponent for the fight has yet to be announced.
The 26-year-old will be looking to add to his impressive start in the professional ranks, which has seen him win eight out of eight bouts – four of which have come via knockout.
His main aim for this year is “to add more rounds to his CV”, so while his next battle will be over six rounds, he says he plans to work on extending his stay in the ring by progressing to eight and 10-round contests.
It’s a journey that he wants to share with his young fans.
“It’s really early on in my pro career so, to be honest, I don’t know if I have fans following me as such, besides friends and family,” said Kian. “But I love boxing, and I want to give something back to the sport.
“That’s why I am teaming up with the New Journal to give youngsters, aged between 12 and 16 years old, the chance to join me for a training session, and step in the ring with me to do some pad work.
“They will also get tickets to one of my fights so that they can see me in action.
“I have been well supported so far, and it really makes a big difference having fans behind me, cheering me on. It pushes me that much further,” added Kian. “Becoming a boxing champion is my dream. If coming to the gym to spend some time with me encourages a youngster to follow their own dream, then that would be a huge victory for me.”
The signs of how big 2018 is going to be for Kian, both in and out of the ring, are becoming clear to see.
The biggest and most exciting addition to Team Tec is set to arrive in March after he revealed that he and his girlfriend Abby are expecting a baby daughter. He also announced this week that he has parted ways with trainer CJ Hussein, who he has been with since his amateur days at St Pancras ABC.
“I have known CJ since I was 13, and been working closely with him since the second I knew that I wanted to turn pro. He’s been instrumental in my development,” Kian said. “I have got nothing but respect for him, and will always be grateful for his guidance. But it’s a brand-new year, and I felt the time was right to move on.”
This week Kian started working with new trainer Xavier Miller, the man who also coaches, among others, amateur fighter Robbie “The Camden Caretaker” Chapman.
“I’ve known Xavier since I was an amateur,” said Kian. “He’s always shown an interest in my career. I really like the way he talks.
“His style of coaching suits the kind of person I am. He’s very technical, and I think that we’re on similar paths. I’m really looking forward to it.”
WIN! A chance to train with ‘Tec’
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Entries must be aged between 12 and 16 years old, and we’ll be there with a camera to record the interview so winners must have consent to appear in the paper. Email your questions, along with your name, age and address to firstname.lastname@example.org