Testing fight series for leading heavyweight

LINING UP: Southland boxer Tom Heads is bracing himself for three fights in three weeks.
LINING UP: Southland boxer Tom Heads is bracing himself for three fights in three weeks.

Leading Southland heavyweight Tom Heads has a busy three weeks ahead of him.

Heads is scheduled for three bouts in as many weeks, which will include trips to Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin.

The first is today in Christchurch, where he will take on Christchurch super heavyweight Sam Watts in a rematch of the South Island Golden Gloves final.

The two went head-to-head in the Golden Gloves in Timaru last month and despite Heads feeling he had done enough to claim victory, Watts was awarded the bout.

Not surprisingly, Heads and his camp are keen for another crack at Watts today in Christchurch after the 21-17 points loss last month.

Next weekend Heads will head to Billy Graham's tournament in Wellington, where he will take on Corey Onoko in the main fight on the card.

Heads won a bout between the pair last year, breaking Onoko's ribs in the process.

All going to plan, Heads will then travel to Dunedin the following weekend to have a crack at big super heavyweight Sunni Teki.

Heads and his team left for Christchurch yesterday and will return home straight after today's fight, the main event on the card.

Unfortunately, Heads could not find a suitable opponent to fight at the Gore Boxing Club's tournament next Saturday.

There had been talk about bringing down New Zealand's leading heavyweight, David Light, for a bout, but this did not eventuate.

Trainer Tui-Marie Sonter said it was all about getting Heads plenty of ring-time as he builds up to his shot at the New Zealand Championships later this year.

Sonter said they had been working extremely hard and he was pleased with the determined Heads' progress.

"We've worked really really hard, basically training once or twice a day, six days a week," she said.

Sonter said Heads had dropped four kilograms in the past five weeks and was looking sharp.

Heads will be joined in Christchurch this weekend by another Southland boxer, teenager Nathaniel Arnold, who will also take part in a South Island Golden Gloves rematch.

Arnold, from Deano's Gym, lost to Jermaine Tauamiti, from the Smiling Tigers Gym, and the two will have another showdown this weekend.

The Southland Times