Tommy Welch and his father Scott, Mike Tyson’s former bodyguard, prepare to chase an elusive world title | Boxing News Sky News

Tommy Welch has had enough of waiting — despite his broken fist — and now the frustrated heavyweight is ready to continue his family’s quest for a world title.

Cruel luck kept the undefeated 27-year-old in the ring for seven months, but Welch is currently gearing up to retire in June.

Joining the exciting prospect at their south coast home, his father, former British heavyweight champion Scott Welch, reflects on a painful time in his career.

He said: “I was ready for the seventh game in December, but then I tested positive for Covid-19. It was really frustrating. After he passed away, I took myself on vacation and was ready for the second game. Fight again in January. Then in January I broke my hand on my first back beam.

This means an extended time away from the ring. However, he is one of the few fighters who has remained active through tough times in the sport. With the pandemic meaning limited fight nights in the UK, Welch is looking to fight overseas.

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Welch hopes to return to action this summer

He has previously fought in Italy and Belgium while going 6-0, which of course comes with his challenge.

Her father, who is also a manager, said: “When we went to Italy, I was told it was a nice indoor hall with air conditioning. It turned out to be an open-air ring dug near the beach. I said Tommy, he didn’t have to fight .”

The 27-year-old knew nothing about it.

“Dad told me it was my phone. Yeah, it was a mess, the opponents changed, there was no locker room, it was hot, and we were sitting in the ice cream parlor trying to cool off. But that’s what we did.”

“It’s a compelling point for me,” Scott said.

“He loves fighting, that says a lot. Anytime, anywhere. That’s our motto.”

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Tommy Welch vs Alvaro Trello

There is no doubt that there are clear similarities between father and son. Height, weight and appearance are undoubtedly similar, but Scott didn’t see the similarity at first.

“I didn’t see any resemblance between us until his first professional game. Then everyone contacted me and said I was in there, and it was. He was like me.”

Scott was seen as a small heavyweight about to challenge for world honor, and Tommy was no different at around 6-foot-3. The difference is that the young Welch now has the opportunity to delve into the newly formed bridge division, but he’s not holding his breath.

“I can go down to that limit, no problem. But no one has really fought at that weight yet. Is there even a British title? It’s good to have that option when it starts to become more popular. Maximum weight Class fighter is coming and it could be a good mix of fighters. But don’t worry, I can mix it with heavyweight.

Scott mentioned his good friend Mike Tyson when he was considering joining the blues department.

Tommy Welch
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Welch eliminated five of his six opponents in two rounds (Photo courtesy of Lawrence Lustig)

“Mike dominates the heavyweight game. He’s closer to 5’8″ than 5’10”. Trust me, I spend a lot of time with him. He has a big body head, big arms and big feet .. he’s small, but he can slide and slam them with speed and power.

“These 6-foot-9 heavyweights can be beat if you don’t walk a straight line. You have to be very fit, strong and explosive. If you’re a junior heavyweight, you have to fight as a group. You can’t Be on par with them, so you have to be elusive. This is where some people go wrong.

Sons following in the footsteps of famous fathers are not uncommon in the boxing world. Fraser, Foreman, Chavez and Holyfield are famous examples, and Eubank, Benn and Hatton are three high-profile cases from the islands. However, the undefeated Brighton man doesn’t see it as the pressure on his shoulders.

“A lot of gaming legends have seen their kids fight, but they don’t seem to be as good as their dads. My situation is different. My dad is still as hungry as he was when he played because he didn’t become a world champion.

“These guys did it. So that means their willingness to make their kids world champions may not be that high. He wants to succeed for me. He wants to walk again. These dads are absolute legends.”

“You mean I’m not a legend?” activated his father.

Scott Welch
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Tommy’s father Scott Welch goes pro with 22-4 record

“Definitely a British legend. Dad didn’t get the respect he deserved because of the people he fought and the monsters he beat. At the same time, he didn’t have that world championship title behind him. So when we went to the gym, he was Thinking. He wanted to tell me how long it would take, and he nudged me with that.

Welch Sr. actually believed that not winning that world title (he failed to challenge Henry Akinwander in 1997) was not only in Tommy’s favor, but himself.

“It makes me want more and makes me a better person. I actually think that if I win the world championship, my life might spiral upwards. Some people who win the world championship lose something, I think I could have been one of them. It gives you a different mindset that some people can handle and some people can’t.”

There is an amazing competition between the two. Whether it’s comparing their running times at the same age, or knowing who looks the best. Welch Snr even wanted a spar recently.

“I took him to the pads and he told me to buy him a mouthguard!” Tommy said. “I told him to go out.”

The father and son are now eager to start their boxing journey together again, albeit with slightly different plans for the number of fights this year.

“I’m from the past,” said Scott, who was once Tyson’s bodyguard and also appeared in the movie “Snatch.”

“I want him to play as many games as possible this year, starting in June. When you fight a lot, it all falls into place. I think we have at least six more. Tommy wants less, but I want More.”

In trying to claim the title, the family seemed less interested in going the traditional route.

Scott said: “We would definitely choose Britain, the lovely Commonwealth. But Europeans, it’s not what he did, it’s a different world.”

Boxing has certainly been a different world since Scott beat Julius Francis and fought Lennox Lewis on the same card in the US, but he has the same dream for his son, and that is to win world heavyweight champion.

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