There’s a very busy five weeks ahead for Fighting Chance heavyweight soldier, Jone TK Volau with not one, but two big fights lined up.
Having to juggle life as a soldier with life as a heavyweight professional boxer was never going to be easy but for TK, with four wins from five already to his name, the next spell is crucial to his progression.
Narrowly losing, by a point, to Josh Sandland, in his last outing, TK will first head to Germany on June 17 to face undefeated Burak Sahin on the Paul Smith – Tyron Zeuge world title undercard; then, on his return, he’ll have a quick turn-around before heading to Scotland to face Jay Carrigan-McFarlane in what’s an expected six rounder.
“The last fight (against Sandland) still haunts me,” began TK.
“I need to put that behind me and will look to do good things in Germany and then Scotland. It was a tough decision to make when we got the call but we believe I’ve got the talent and we’ve looked in detail at both him (Sahin) and his past opponents.
“It’s because of what we’ve seen we believe that I can go there and do the business on what will be a great fight card.
“Take nothing away from Sahin though but he’s fought nobody like me and I intend on going there and causing an upset, I can’t wait to get back out there.”
With five months since that last outing for TK, being in the army will do that for sure, TK is a non-stop action man in and out of the ring.
Sandland’s blip aside the four wins have seen him impress enough to warrant high quality outings on the road and, although he’s had doubters since turning professional in late 2015, the now 33-year-old is aiming for title gold over the next twelve months, with a potential Northern Area title clash at the end of the year, then gunning for the English in 2018.
“I’ve been away due to obvious work commitments so now I’m trying to get busy again,” TK continued.
“The rest of the lads in the gym have two fights at least up on me so I have to play catch-up (he laughed) and this is a big opportunity for any fighter.
“After these two I’m looking at an Area title shot in December and I’ll be happy to then go for the (vacant) English next year.”
Doubters will always doubt, it’s down to fighters like TK to prove them wrong and do the business, in and out of the ring. With a strong team around him, including the ‘old man’ Ronnie Rowe and trainer Gary Barr, TK’s belief in his abilities is there to see, the loveable heavyweight preparing to blitz all-comers, with a surprising secret weapon in his corner, the pocket rocket, Paul Charters.
“I’ve worked really hard for this, to get to where I am,” admitted TK.
“I’ll be ready though and age is nothing in the heavyweights, people shouldn’t doubt me though and I’ve just got to believe in myself and that’s what I do.
“Going to Germany proves a lot and the Sauerland’s (promoters) have been great in the run-up so we can’t wait to get out there. I’ve asked for Paul (Charters) to come with us so I’m looking forward to that, he’s a great bloke and good to have someone like him in your corner.”
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