Mark Tibb’s latest trainee, the 19-year-old southpaw, Tommy Fletcher has developed a reputation for his hard-hitting style ahead of his professional debut.
After being declared as having the same punch power as Deontay Wilder by fans and online critics, Tommy said in an interview with James Dielhenn, “I can’t argue with that.”
“I was knocking out grown men at 14 years old. They were 25-year-old heavyweights,” says Tommy Fletcher about his first fight.
Mark Tibbs himself said, “He’s got the power of Deontay Wilder, but he’s got the in-ring IQ that Wilder hasn’t got.”
“I can’t argue with it. That’s what people have been saying. The proof will be in the pudding,” Tommy said about his bold comparison to Wilder.
“Look at my amateur record – the fights I’ve won and the people I’ve stopped – and that’s what you will see.”
“This list goes on! But I don’t know if it would be well respected if I started dropping names!”
The 6’7” cruiserweight is already well known in amateur circles, “I went to the Junior European Championships in Russia and got the fastest stoppage,” he explained.
“The guy was begging me out on the scales at the weigh-in. In the first few seconds – high lead hand, double jab, backhand, boom!”
“The ref immediately knew, he waved it off. Everyone went crazy!” he added.
“I reckon it was six or seven seconds.”
Fletcher said, “My power is natural. You can’t teach power.”
At first, his knockout punch first became apparent as a novice, “Back as a junior I was already strong, and I was knocking people out who were taller and bigger than me.”
Fletcher is adamant that when he competes professionally for the first time, he will show considerably more than just one huge punch.
“Tommy Fletcher is a tall, rangy southpaw who can really punch,” said SJAM.
Fletcher has his sights set on the sport's top division: “I’m 19 now, imagine when I’m 25. Without a doubt, I will be a heavyweight in a few years.”
Although the debut is still anticipated, the young boxer is training with Mark Tibbs alongside Johnny Fisher, John Hedges as well as Charlie Duffield.