TONY Senior is ready to put a disappointing 2014 behind him and put him a position to fight for the kind of titles that won’t melt when you put them on the mantle piece.
Senior has seen a number of fights fall through over the last 12 months and the much vaunted light middleweight hasn’t made the strides he expected too this calendar year.
The 30 year old former Crumlin amateur, who has four knockouts from five wins, has the chance to impress somewhat on the undercard of former IBF World featherweight champion Billy Dib’s homecoming at the aptly named Hurstville Entertainment Centre.
Not only is ‘the one to watch’ light middleweight live on tv he faces an opponent with a winning record and has never been stopped. A good performance against Rickson Yamo and ‘Misdemeanor’ Senior believes he will remain on course to pick up belts of the non ‘plastic’ kind in 2015.
“I’m predicting a win,” he told Irish-boxing.com
“Obviously the stoppage would be nice but it’s all about the W.
“Every fighter wants to see themselves at the top of the rankings but in order to do that you must beat the best so I’ll be looking to progress and increase the calibre of opponent as we go on. Bringing in a better calibre of opponent starts right here on Saturday night. I take on a fighter with a winning record and he is tough so it should be a good test at this stage for me.”
“A title shot is definitely on the radar for next year and hopefully I get something meaningful there are too many plastic titles around now days.”
Most predicted title glory for Senior in 2014, but the fighter through no fault of his own wasn’t busy in the second part of the year. He admits it was frustrating and is ready to put an indifferent year behind him with a December win Saturday.
“It has been very frustrating I have to admit. I’ve been in the gym for 5 months straight now because two or three fights fell through. Some may say I’ve over cooked my training but I feel great and I’m ready to get the job done.”
Another thing that has frustrated Senior is the view held by some in Ireland and indeed Europe about the quality of Australian boxing and he hit back at suggestions their is a lesser standard Down Under.
“There has been a lot said about the standard in Australia which astounds me as they continue to produce legitimate world champions at various different weights.
“Domestically they have a bit to do but with hundreds of shows per year and fighters staying active can only be a good thing. It’s who you beat is the measure not where your based!”