By TOM WATT on March 13 2015
Tonight sees Australian Super Featherweight, 'Wild' Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) take on unbeaten, Mexican, Francisco 'El Bandido' Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) in Texas for the WBO International Title.
T2T spoke to Main Event host and director of the upcoming Sakio Bika documentary, Ben Damon about his thoughts on this fight for Tomlinson:
"This is the biggest fight of Will Tomlinson's life and probably decides if Wild Will makes it in America, or comes home to do his boxing.
One thing is guaranteed - it will be an entertaining fight. Neither Tomlinson or Francisco Vargas have boring bouts! Vargas is undefeated, and a typical Mexican style of fighter. Tomlinson is the Australian Mexican, who looks fitter and better prepared than ever before. He looks in fantastic condition and tells me this is the best preparation he's ever had, so he is expecting the best performance of his life. It will need to be his best performance too, because he is being thrown to the wolves as an opponent for an undefeated, and highly-valued fighter on the rise. There is a lot invested in Vargas and Will will need to overcome plenty of factors to cause an upset.
I believe he can outbox Vargas. While it is likely that the pair will go to war, I reckon the Aussie's best chance is to box smart and use his skills, rather than his undoubted heart, to surprise and upset Vargas."
Damon went on to say exactly what this could mean for Tomlinson's career, setting up a potential showdown with fellow Aussie, Billy Dib and the effect a win would have on Australian Boxing:
"It would be a massive win for Will, and for Australian boxing. We have had scarce success in the US in recent times, and a victory for Tomlinson would be a boost for all our fighters boxing on the world stage this year. A win for Will could also set up a potential megafight with long-time rival Billy Dib. If Tomlinson beats Vargas and Dib can win the WBC Junior Lightweight title in Japan in May, then Dib has told me his first defense will be a voluntary grudge match with Tomlinson. It's a bout that would grab the attention of the Australian sporting public, with genuine animosity between the pair, and a legitimate world title on the line. It requires both Tomlinson and Dib to win their fights overseas, but it is a showdown which I would love to see, and which would be a huge boost for Aussie boxing."
A win for Tomlinson would certainly springboard his career to the next level and open up opportunities both home in Australia and overseas in America for World Title sights and big purses. A loss on the other would perhaps see the Aussie's promising career in the states falter and may force a return to more domestic level bouts. The high-risk, high reward make-up of this fight are sure to bring out the very best Will Tomlinson and fans should expect to see a very entertaining fight between two fighters that like to put on a show. If Tomlinson does his part then Aussie fans can look to Billy Dib to do the same and set up a scintillating all-Aussie World Title fight later in the year.
Tune in to see Tomlinson take on Vargas on Fox Sports Channel 501 9.30 (NSW time).
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