Tota aspiring to join professional ranks
What started out as rehab from a broken leg could potentially become a full-time job for Lovintz Tota.
The 34-year-old broke his leg a few years after being struck by a car. Upon the advice of a friend, Tota took up boxing to help him recover from his injury.
But boxing proved to be much more than therapy for Tota who fell in love with sport so much that he began sparring and ultimately fighting as an amateur at middleweight.
The orthodox fighter improved his unblemished record to 3-0 after securing a unanimous decision victory in his home debut over Portuguese Hugo Relvas during last weekend's Return Fight Night at Fairmont Southampton.
“It was a good fight,” Tota said. “The guy was pretty good. He had good technique and was very active.”
While encouraged by his flawless record as an amateur, Tota is far from content on staying at that level.
He harbours an ambitious plan to turn professional, make a career out of the sport and is confident he can thrive at that level.
“I am definitely trying to go professional,” Tota said. “I'm trying to get out of Bermuda and relocate myself in the United Kingdom so I can actually train and fight more often. Over there I can immerse myself in the world of boxing because here it's hard to get enough fights and focus on training.
“It's also so expensive living here that I won't be able to just train and make it in Bermuda.”
Tota plans to move to Manchester early in the new year.
“I have definitely thought it out and trying to locate by the beginning of February” he said. “I have a few gyms that I have reached out to in Manchester and I want to turn pro between eight to 12 months.
“That's when I'm looking to turn professional. I have a few people that have said they're committed to help me as sponsor and I'm still trying to get a few more.”
Tota believes the best is yet to come from him.
“People saw a little glimpse of what I can do and that's with having to work eight hours a day, train and take care of my son,” he said. “But anything you put real work into it, that's when you can see the real potential.”