Cheeky to focus on fast hands

Jackson Lavell-LeeSouth Western Times
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Nathaniel “Cheeky” May says he is ready to take on Bruno Tarimo in Sydney tomorrow night.
Camera IconNathaniel “Cheeky” May says he is ready to take on Bruno Tarimo in Sydney tomorrow night. Credit: South West Times, Jon Gellweiler

Confidence is a commodity Bunbury boxer Nathaniel “Cheeky” May is rich in.

Five months after losing to British boxer James “Jazza” Dickens by decision in Liverpool, May is ready for redemption against Tanzanian boxer Bruno Tarimo tomorrow night in Sydney.

May is 21-2 with 12 KOs to his name having knocked out Jose Miguel Tamayo in the first round less than a month before fighting Dickens.

However Bruno “Vifuaviwili” Tarimo is 24-2 with five KOs having won several fights in Australia since moving from the Tanzania amateur fighting circuit.

Tarimo is known as a rugged fighter with a never say die attitude but May said his fast hands would trouble the Tanzanian.

“Its a tough fight, he’s the most avoided super featherweight in Australia,” May said.

“I believe we’ll come away with the win either in the distance or if it comes earlier, it comes.”

The heavily backed May said he was happy to be fighting back in Australia after three consecutive fights overseas.

He said although he did not defeat Dickens, his mindset and training with Freddie Roach in California had prepared him.

“In Liverpool, I didn’t come away with the win — he’s a world class fighter and I came close, but these things happen in boxing, someone’s got to lose,” he said.

Tarimo presents a different challenge to the technical Dickens with raw aggression and determination helping him defeat Sydney veteran Joel Brunker for the Pan-Pacific title and Serif Gurdijeljac for the IBF International Super Featherweight Title.

“I am always improving and I am really excited about this fight,” Tarimo said.

May will move up a weight class to super featherweight for the fight with his eyes on a top eight IBF and WBA world ranking.

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