"12 rounds of war": Blacktown-trained boxing
world champion Will Tomlinson
(by Callan Lawrence - blacktownsun.com.au)
World Champion Will Tomlinson
Photo: Simon White
11/02/2011 - UNDEFEATED boxer Will Tomlinson, who called Blacktown home for the first two years of his professional career, has claimed the vacant IBO super featherweight title.
Tomlinson won a unanimous points decision over Mexico's Alan Herrera on the under card of the Danny Green fight at Perth's Challenge Stadium on Wednesday.
"Hands down, it was the hardest fight of my life; last night was 12 rounds of war," Tomlinson told the Sun on Thursday.
He wasn't exaggerating; doctors used 30 stitches to patch the prize fighter's head after the torrid encounter.
Tomlinson said the blood running from his face was so bad during the fight that he feared the referee might stop the bout.
"In my corner they were just jamming Vaseline in my face (to stop the blood flow) and for three or four rounds I couldn't see a thing out of my left eye. You just battle through it."
Despite the battle scars, Tomlinson was euphoric after the win.
"This is what I have been working so hard for my whole life," he said.
"There's a massive sense of achievement; that all that hard work has paid off.
"I set this goal when I first turned pro three years ago." Tomlinson extended his undefeated run to 17 professional fights with the win.
His trainer Lincoln Hudson coached the fighter out of the Blacktown Hit Squad gym at Third Avenue until recently.
Tomlinson has since moved back to Melbourne but returns to Sydney to train for fights with Hudson.
After the fight, there was talk of Tomlinson taking on Australian former two-time WBO interim lightweight titleholder Michael Katsidis.
But speaking with the Sun, Tomlinson said he was not yet calling out any fighters. Rather, he planned to take a break to recuperate from the taxing title fight.
The judges all ruled in the Australian's favour by scores of 118-111, 117-111 and 116-111.