News May 2019

Tobias Webb looking to stamp his authority on the British super middleweight scene


By @John_Evans79

They say that day three of a major golf tournament is ‘moving day’. It is the time when those with ambitions of glory fight to ensure they are amongst the action when the prizes are handed out. On February 1st, Swansea’s Tobias Webb, (13-1-1. 2 KOs), will face the durable Nathan King in his first appearance of what he hopes will be his ‘moving year’.

Something of a puncher as an amateur, Welsh super middleweight champion Webb, 25, found himself relying on his speed and boxing ability during the early stages of his paid career. Spend any time speaking with Webb though and there is a definite sense that he has finally found his feet as a solid, capable professional.

“I was just deciding on who I was as a fighter,” Webb told Livefight when discussing his early career. “I definitely have found my feet now.

“I’m more of a puncher boxer. I’m always a boxer. I’m not a Mike Tyson – and I wouldn’t imitate a Mike Tyson – but a boxer beats a brawler every day. What my new trainer [Webb is back with Karl Ince] and conditioning coach [Chris Ware] have helped me with is to get the power back that I had as an amateur and release it back into the professional game.

“This is the year for me to stamp my authority and make sure that my name’s in the frame. Obviously, people have had a glimpse of what I can do when I beat Robin Reid – even though he is 40 years of age and it was over three rounds – and I still feel that he has way more experience and understands boxing way more than others. Having taken that experience on and knowing who I am as a fighter, this year should be great for me.

“I’m fighting Nathan King [on February 1st] and he’s taken some of the guys at the top level the distance. I sort of asked for it. When I was fighting back home in Swansea fighting on little shows, they can only afford a certain type of opponent. Now I’m with Steve Wood he has a bit more pull and can get the better opponents and that will bring the best out of me. I’m still young and always rise to the challenge. I need someone to scare me a bit for me to fight on my adrenaline.”

It is almost three years since Webb first made his mark with an unexpectedly successful run in the same Prizefighter tournament that shot Rocky Fielding to prominence. Entering the competition as a 4-0-1 novice, Webb outscored former WBC world champion Reid and the rock solid Jahmaine Smyle before exhaustion contributed to a swift first round defeat at the hands of Fielding. ‘Rocky from Stocky’ has gone on to become part of a strong domestic line up at 168lbs that also includes British champion Paul Smith, Tony Dodson, Frank Buglioni and Callum Smith. Webb is only a couple of meaningful victories away from joining that group.

“I’m definitely in the mix and my name is in the frame,” Webb says. “On Sky Sports the other day during the Froch and Groves fight, my name was on the screen at number nine in the rankings – not by BoxRec obviously – but by Sky. I’m a bit of a dark horse in the British super middleweights let’s say.

“All I want to do is succeed and become British champion. If I can get a shot at that I will be happy and I’ll go from there. I’m a dreamer obviously and I have big dreams but I also have high expectations of myself. My family have too and they know I can do it. I’m trained well and I suppose every fighter has to have an ego to say ‘I’m the best fighter…’ but when you train hard and have talent they you should be able to go far. It’s the winning mentality.”

The sudden rise in the number of high profile cards taking place in Wales should ensure that Webb is given home advantage for what he hopes will be some meaningful fights. Timing is everything in boxing and there seems to be a perfect storm developing around Webb. He is well ranked, comfortable with his style and training regime and has the potential for the most important year of his career so far to be played out on television.

“I left my previous manager because I saw a better opportunity and saw a chance to better myself,” Webb reveals. “I was with Karl Ince at the beginning of my career and the new opportunities for big fights – and being with Steve Wood – has made me get back in touch with Karl so that he can help train me. Chris [Ware] was a professional boxer and he can definitely bring the best out of me fitness wise.

“My fans in Swansea will be happy to see me on a big card again. When I was with Frank Warren I used to take a good crowd with me and now I’m under Steve Wood he’s impartial to the big names [promotionally wise] and can get me big fights. These more local fights are better for myself. When I went up to my uncle’s [Enzo Macarinelli] last fight in Cardiff, people were asking me when my next fight is. The people of Wales are still aware of me.”

If things go to plan, by the end of 2014 the rest of the country should be aware of Tobias Webb.

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