Tommy Silcox has admitted he feels a different animal since deciding to make a switch down to welterweight.
And it seemed evident as the Tamworth boxer delivered a punch-perfect performance to reign supreme over Andrew Ponsford at Villa Park last month.
The 26-year-old is scheduled to return to the ring on May 19 and ‘The Silk’ is hoping to progress to the next level.
“I’m boxing in May and I now want to start stepping things up in terms of fighting more rounds and getting nearer to challenging for the Midlands title. I’ve moved down from light-middleweight to welterweight and I already feel a lot better and stronger,” Silcox exclusively told World Boxing News.
“In my last fight I produced the first KO of my career and I can feel the difference in myself. The head movement, footwork and hand speed are all better and welterweight seems like the division I’m going to remain at for the long-term. I don’t want to get ahead of myself but I’m looking forward to seeing what this year holds and of course my ultimate aim by next year is to be challenging for titles such as the Midlands which is a dream of mine to win.”
Silcox is also eyeing up a chance to participate in the next Ultimate Boxxer tournament. The knock-out tournament, which features Anthony Crolla, Ricky Hatton and Paulie Malignaggi spearheading the brand, will make its debut on April 27.
The winner will receive a lucrative £50,000 in prize money as well as gaining exposure through UniLad – the official broadcasting partner for boxing’s first ever entertainment brand.
The Midlander would relish an opportunity to enhance his profile on such a big platform.
He said: “I’ve already been having a chat about it to my coach. I’d jump at the opportunity for the next tournament – 100%. I’m set to be fighting next on May 19 so once I get this next one out of the way it’s certainly something I’d be wanting to do. With it only being three rounds per fight, it would suit me very well because I like to get stuck in. It’s another avenue that I can go down.
“I told my coach I’d love to do it and he said my time would come. It’s a great concept and it would be life changing for me if I got the chance to showcase my skills and of course the prize money sounds very appealing.
“Ultimate Boxxer is a fantastic alternative and it’s brilliant with the likes of Ricky Hatton involved. I need to get foot in the door, I have a similar record to some of the lads that have been chosen for the first tournament. Hopefully when selecting their next tournament, I can get the chance to show people how good I can be,” he added.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95