9 January 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Ian Tims will get the chance to add an Irish professional strap to the trophy cabinet that boast four National amateur titles when he challenges Mayos Michael Sweeney for the light-heavyweight belt in March.
Clondalkin fighter Tims, who set himself a keep busy new years resolution also fights on a January 30 show, is promising to blow The Storm away on the under-card of Willie Caseys world title challenge in City West on March 19.
The infamous Facebook fight is one of the most eagerly anticipated domestic dust ups in recent years. The Irish duo will finally upgrade from trading verbal blows on the social network site to trading leather and blows of a more harmful nature in the ring.
Indeed, only injury prevented the domestic dust up from happening in 2010 but it has now been confirmed as a bout on what Dolphil Promotions are promising will be the greatest Irish card ever seen.
And former St Matthews pugilist, Tims is as excited as fight fans about the prospect of the Dublin Mayo duel.
I am delighted this fight has been made, Tims told www.irish-boxing.com.
I was unlucky to pick up an injury last time and then Michael got injured. So I am happy it has finally been made. I am confident of victory. I dont get into the ring with doubt. I am always confident.
I call him Light Breeze instead of The Storm but that is all just good banter. He is a nice lad but that goes out the window when fights are made. He can say what he likes it doesnt bother me because I know I will do the business when it matters, Tims added.
After a period of sick leave Timms is planning on doing said business on a more regular basis. The former heavyweight wants to claim the Irish title and make up for lost boxing time over the next 12 months.
It feels great to be finally fighting for a pro title. Even better it is on the under card of a world title fight. There is only going be one outcome on the night and that is me winning.
I missed all last year with injury so I have a bit to make up for and the plan is to take all opponents out this year.