Kentish Town star is already fit enough to box for a title, says trainer
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Kentish Town welterweight Kian Thomas already has enough stamina to contest a British title after just three professional fights, according to his trainer.
The 23-year-old, who only turned pro at the start of the year, has won all three of his paid contests to date, the most recent of which was a six-round success on points against Dan Carr last month.
Thomas is lined up for another six-round contest to begin his first full season as a pro, against Nuneaton journeyman Kristian Laight at York Hall in October.
And CJ Hussein – who has trained Thomas since his amateur days at St Pancras ABC – believes his man will benefit from the experience, even if his fitness levels are already sufficient for longer bouts.
“Kian’s been doing 14, 15 rounds in the gym with middleweights, so it’s not a problem at all,” said Hussein. “It’s just about going up levels – he can’t just jump into a 10-rounder.
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“He’s ready for a 10-rounder – he could box for an English or British title tomorrow and he’s fit enough to do that. But you need the experience, that’s another side to it.
“These kids [like Carr] are the kind of boxers who are going to give him that experience. We need guys like this – he’s got to learn and keep his concentration and focus on what he’s got to do.
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“I’m proud of Kian – he’s trained hard and he’s in great shape.
“At the moment we’re just trying to keep him fit and get him through the rounds and I’m very happy with his performances.”
Thomas, who has also recorded professional wins over Danny Donchev and Manuel Oliva, is scheduled to face Laight on Saturday October 3.