Tims ready for the big time as pro debut beckons

THE absence of four-time champion, Ian Tims, raised some eyebrows at this year’s national senior boxing championships.

But now the Dubliner is all set for his professional debut against a yet-to-be-named opponent on the undercard to the middleweight clash between Irish champion Matthew Macklin, and former world champion Yori Boy Campas at the National Stadium on March 22.

Tims, from Clondalkin, won back-to-back Irish senior heavyweight titles in 2006 and 2007, having made the transition from light heavyweight.

And, since turning pro, he has been sparring with the likes of Cork-based Cuban, Mike “The Rebel” Perez as well as other leading professionals. He is being trained by the two-time European bronze medallist, Philip Sutcliffe.

“I think the professional game will suit me more than amateurs because of the longer distance,” said Tims.

“Often when the final bell went in my fights, I felt like I was only just getting my second wind.

“I’m the kind of boxer that likes to fight on the inside and the computer doesn’t really reward that in the amateurs. I’d sooner slug it out with someone then get on my toes and box and that probably cost me in the amateurs.

“I felt the time was right now to give the pros a shot. I’d achieved what I wanted to as an amateur and I just want to fight as often as possible in the pros and see where it takes me.”

Tims should have plenty of support for his debut having boxed out of the St Matthews club in Dublin, where he was trained by Bernard Dunne’s father, Brendan. “Bernard has brought a real buzz back into boxing in Dublin, and that’s part of the reason I decided to go pro, because the opportunity is there whereas a few years ago it was much harder to go pro in Ireland,” he said.

Former world junior champion Perez has won his two fights by first-round KO and features on the March 22 card, with further contests scheduled for March 29 (Letterkenny) and April 12 (Castlebar). The March 22 event also features a rematch between Andrew Murray and James Gorman for the Irish light welterweight title.

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