Federation president Nathan Dill firmly in Tyler Christopher’s corner
Nathan Dill, the Bermuda Boxing Federation president, is looking forward to bigger and better things to come from fledgeling professional Tyler Christopher.
The southpaw made a triumphant debut among the paid ranks via a unanimous points win over Englishman Josh Hodgins in a four-round super-welterweight bout at the H Suite in Birmingham, England, last Saturday.
“We are extremely proud of Tyler’s debut pro fight,” Dill told The Royal Gazette.
“We wish Tyler the best and we definitely know that he is going to be somebody to watch in future years in terms of boxing in Bermuda.”
Christopher dominated the bout, in which he knocked his opponent out of the ring in the final round, winning every round on all three judges’ scorecards.
The 25-year-old compiled a 9-3 record as an amateur before turning professional last year.
Christopher fights out of the D&A Boxing School of Excellence Centre in Stirchley, Birmingham, where he has resided since 2019.
“We recognise that he had to leave Bermuda to get the opportunities that he was seeking and are very much in support of his ambition, his career,” Dill added.
“I definitely do see the progress that he has made since he has now adopted boxing full time as a professional athlete.
“We definitely wish him the best and hope to see him in Bermuda showcasing his talents in the near future.
“We hope the foundation that was set for him under the national programme was beneficial and helped to propel his career having participated in a number of local and international events under the Bermuda Boxing Federation as a national team member.”
Christopher endured a frustrating wait to make his professional debut which had been delayed because of the global Covid-19 pandemic for more than a year up until last weekend’s convincing win over Hodgins.
If all goes accordingly, he hopes to showcase his talents alongside fellow Bermudian professionals Nikki Bascome Michael Parsons and Andre Lambe as part of the Epic Entertainment promotion fight card on island that has been rescheduled from November 6 to January 29 next year because of safty concerns to do with Covid-19.