Mike Tyson, Nigel Benn, and Conor McGregor helping Tony Senior along the fight path


Tony Senior isn’t about stats – he is all about talent.

The Sydney-based former Crumlin amateur hit the 10-0 milestone with victory over the durable Aphichat Koedchatturat in Campsie on Friday morning.

Hitting double figures is usually the catalyst to kick on to the next level, but ‘Misdemeanor’ pays no heed to how many wins he has in the bank.

The Australia-based light middleweight of Irish and Jamaican background believes talent should dictate your next move and, despite being just two fights back after a two-year lay-off, is keen to start making moves toward titles.

“Yes I am 10-0 now, but I don’t pay too much attention to the numbers I know what I’m capable of and it’s down to the team now to push on for meaningful fights,” Senior told Irish-Boxing.com following the four-round points win.

“I don’t believe I need too many tune-ups at this stage so if opportunities present themselves I’m ready,” he stated before stressing what he wants and needs moving forward.

“Higher level of opposition moving forward. A good work ethic is paramount but like any fighter, your ability can only take you so far and financial backing will always have a big part to play we are working on all that.”

By the time they had reached the ten-fight mark some of Senior’s Irish counterparts Down Under such as Dennis Hogan, TJ Doheny, and Darragh Foley had secured titles.

Kildare’s Hogan and Portlaoise’s Doheny looks set to challenge for world title in their next fights while Dubliner Foley is not too far off either.

The pathway has been laid out for 34-year-old Senior and a few notable wins could see him make serious strides.

However, while Senior respects all three’s achievements he is adamant he is on his own journey and points out some very high-profile figures who have helped him forge a new attitude toward the sport.

The big punching light middleweight has drawn real inspiration from advice given to him by none other than Iron Mike Tyson, Nigel Benn, and former team-mate Conor McGregor.

“The boys have all done well and I have a lot of respect for all of them becoming world ranked, but I draw inspiration from conversations I’ve had with Mike Tyson, Nigel Benn, and Conor McGregor and if I am to achieve anything substantial in this sport I will have to write my own story regardless.”

Friday’s clash was only the third time Senior was taken the distance and only the fourth time he progressed past round one.

He was content he dominated the fight, but wanted a little more from himself against a fighter he was expected to beat.

“The performance was convincing if not impressive – but I’m always my worst critic. The early rounds were scrappy so I had to adapt and get behind the jab to stem the roughhouse tactics.

“Ultimately I need longer in there I was only getting warmed up after four rounds. The plan was always to stay busy this year after the setbacks I’ve had but, to be fair, I’ve been in the gym flat out since late last year without a decent break or holiday and sometimes you can leave it in the gym.”

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