Hellraiser Boxing News | Taaru Remaining Focused Amidst The Hype
Highly rated Gelasius Taaru is remaining calm and focussed in his efforts to emulate gym mate Asinia Byfield. "The Warrior" fights on Titanium at York Hall, February 10th. For tickets call 07403117409.
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Reading featherweight Gelasius Taaru is looking to follow in Asinia Byfield’s footsteps.
Byfield became something of a TV star last year, with wins over Sam McNess and Gabor Gorbics in front of the cameras.
Byfield and Taaru are both managed by Mickey Helliet and he is convinced Taaru has the potential to emulate his stable mate.
The 24 year old targets his fifth straight win at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, February 10.
Taaru said: “Seeing what Asinia has done motivates me.
“He’s shown what you can do if you work hard and believe in yourself. He is reaping the rewards now. He’s been on television and lots of people are talking about him.
“I just have to stay focused, push on and hope the same doors open for me.
“Asinia has done well because Mickey kept him busy and I’m hoping he can keep me busy. I need that to keep me focused. I’m hoping to have seven fights this year.
“Mickey says by the end of the year I could be fighting for the Southern Area title, but I’m aiming higher.
“I want the English title. That’s a bigger title and if I get the right fights, I’m sure I will get there.”
Taaru said upon turning professional 12 months ago that he wanted to raise his profile with electrifying knock outs – and he’s lived up to that.
He chinned his first three opponents inside three rounds apiece – including 2008 Olympian Norbert Kalucza – before cagey veteran Reynaldo Cajina extended him the full four rounds at the York Hall last October.
“I didn’t perform to my best,” admitted the Sam Fleetwood-trained puncher. “I was too tense, I felt under too much pressure and I didn’t enjoy my boxing.
“The TV cameras were there and it was one of the first times my mum has come to watch me box.
“I felt too much pressure and I was a ‘floater’ as well, so I didn’t know when I was boxing.
“I was warming up, then warming down and there was a point where I didn’t want to box.
“But it was good that it happened. It was a new experience for me and on that I will learn from. I will be better prepared next time it happens.”
Tickets for the show at the York Hall are available from 07403 117409.
Posted: 11th Jan 2018
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