NEARLY a full four-year Olympic cycle has passed since London 2012. Most members of that GB team now ply their trade in the professional ranks, although it hasn’t been an easy route. Liverpool’s Thomas Stalker, who narrowly missed out on medalling at the last Olympics, has suffered a defeat to Jack Catterall and has had to endure three consecutive draws in his last three fights.
The results may not have gone his way but Stalker is increasingly satisfied with how he’s performing after moving down a division to lightweight. “I’m happy with the way I’m boxing. I think I’ve found my proper weight class. It’s a lot better for me. I’m getting in the ring now putting a full stone on and feeling strong. Where I used to fight at 10st, because I didn’t diet much, I used to get in the ring at 10st 5lbs. So I’m weighing heavier, weighing in at 9st 9lbs, than what I did at 10st and I just feel like I’m bigger and stronger and better at the weight. There are some good fights for me this year,” he told Boxing News.
He also feels that he merited at least one win from his two contests with Craig Evans and should been awarded the decision against Tommy Carus. “I won the fight, everyone who’s there thought I won the fight. I was strong early on, last couple of rounds I maybe lost or drew but I thought I won, not as good as the first Evans fight but quite clearly. I haven’t had the rub of the green, have I? It’ll turn round because I’ve been in the gym constantly. Even though the last few fights have been draws, I have improved a lot. It’s down to my trainer Danny Vaughan. I’ve got a great relationship with him and we’re working hard together,” Thomas said. “It’s boxing, isn’t it? You’ve just got to keep going. This is my third year [with Frank Warren] and Frank’s been brilliant with me. Everything he said he’s going to do he’s done for me and I’m glad I went with him.”