In boxing, when it comes to getting exposure and being well-known, you have to make an impact on fans and anyone in the business who is willing to watch. Fighters who are exciting and give the fans knockouts are almost certain to be known in the states. But when you come from across sea’s or as we say in boxing, across the pond, it’s almost hard to get a good fan base behind you in the united states.
Guys like Amir Khan, who have dazzling hand speed and power, and then you have Carl Froch, who has fought a few times here and even was in the Super Six final against American Andre Ward. Kell Brook who came here and beat Shawn Porter for the IBF welterweight title.
Then you have some guys who head over sea’s seeking for a big opportunity themselves, Terrence Crawford, for example, who stole the WBO lightweight title from Ricky Burns in Burns’ backyard.
Every fighter’s dream is to perform in major arenas, be televised on huge platforms and make it in the boxing world. One fighter who is looking to do so is Will Tomlinson, a fighter from Australia who is making his HBO debut March 12th in San Antonio. Up until last year, all of Tomlinson’s fights were in his native country. He then came and fought in Las Vegas against Jerry Belmontes, but lost a decision.
The fight was not televised but was on a Showtime PPV card between Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo. He would later return and fight in San Diego, scoring an 8th round knockout in the final round of his fight. Now Tomlinson has his chance to once again make a statement, as he takes on exciting fighter Francisco Vargas.
“I really believe this is going to be a coming out fight for me in the U.S., and
“Wild Will” as he calls himself, has a difficult task ahead of him in Vargas. A traditional Mexican style fighter who is chasing the dream of becoming a world champion, something Tomlinson himself is likely seeking. The place, timing and stage is perfect for the two, as a win for either fighter could bring in what they’ve been looking for. He will need to be at his best as this only could present itself once. When a fighter brings no excitement and takes a loss on American soil, their chances of every coming back to a major stage fight are very slim, Something Will knows.
“This is a massive opportunity that I am very thankful for. I’m training very hard and getting ready for the fight of my life.”