Irish Cruiserweight champion Ian Tims has put Christmas and an important arm operation hold in a bid to claim Europe honours.
‘The Tank’ hopes to bulldoze his way to EBU-EU European title success against Juho Haapoja (16-2) in Seinäjoki Areena, Finland on January 21.
The undefeated tough man pulled out of a December clash to get an operation on an arm injury that has been niggling him for the last 12 months, but has put surgery on hold claiming a chance to claim continental honours is to good to pass up.
The former amateur heavyweight champion is adamant the injury won’t hamper his performance and is confident he can beat the Fin.
“It was just too good an opportunity to turn down,” Tims told Mirror Sport. “I had the arm injury when I beat Michael Sweeney for the Irish title. Physio can get me through this fight so we have put off the operation. Haapoja is a decent fighter but he is beatable and I plan to take his belt off him. I am really looking forward to this fight and its training not Turkey for me over the Christmas.”
Trainer and manager Pascal Collins also refuted claims the Dubliners decision to ring over the operating table will hamper his display.
“The fight is made and Timsey will travel to Finland. We took off the show in December because we taught it was a good time to get the operation done. He was fit for the fight and he would have got through it, but there was nothing on the line so we were going to get the op done and out of the way. This one is well worth delaying it for. There is a belt on the line that can really help Ian’s career.”