Ians Tims seeing the difference since rejoining with Phil Sutcliffe

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There was a sharpness and energy about 36 year old Ian Tims last night in Belfast.

The cruiserweight hardman, routinely labeled Ireland’s moaniest boxer in our Low Blows feature, looked to be enjoying himself in the ring at the Europa Hotel in what was his first fight in over eleven months.

In that time, Tims has linked up with MGM and has rejoined old trainer Phil Sutcliffe as he looks to write one final chapter in his boxing story.

The Clondalkin fighter impressively defeated Lithuanian Remigijus Ziausys over six rounds (60:55) and spoke to Irish-Boxing.com afterwards. Tims described how the fight “wasn’t bad, I was a little bit ring rusty but it wasn’t a bad fight. It was good for my first time out.”

“He’s a tough boy, I fought him before, I fought him a few years ago. He’s gone the distance with the likes of Dillian Whyte and Sam Sexton, he’s a tough boy.”

“I knew I hurt him a couple of times but he just kept coming.”

“I reckon if I had been a bit more adventurous I could have stopped him, especially with the combinations I was throwing, but I was just getting rid of the ring rust, I didn’t want to take any risks, he’s not a bad boy.”

The former Irish champion, both in the amateurs and the pros, gave a lot of credit to trainer Phil Sutcliffe Sr and explained how he is enjoying life back under the watchful eye of the two-time Olympian.

“It’s great,” he said. “I started with Phil, and Phil lives boxing, talks boxing, he stands right beside you in the gym, he’ll be watching you on the bag, ‘you’re doing that wrong, you’re doing this wrong,’ constantly constantly correcting you.”

“You could see a difference there even from the Sweeney fight, there was more discipline, there was more combinations.”

Timsey now hopes for at least one more fight in 2016 and revealed that “I’m meant to be out in December, but I could be out in November, I don’t know yet. For now the focus is on December and keeping training, getting fitter, getting sharper, and we’ll see what happens.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie