Tyler Christopher determined to create history and win UK title
Tyler Christopher is on a mission to become the first Bermudian to be crowned as the welterweight champion of West Midlands, England.
The southpaw is determined to meet his ambition in the near future and believes securing the belt will give his career a major boost and put him in the conversation as one of the top talents in the country.
“I have my eyes on the Midlands welterweight title,” Christopher told The Royal Gazette. “That title covers the West Midlands of England, so that’s a belt that says that you're the champion of Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Walsall, Coventry and Solihull.”
Christopher is hoping get his opportunity and a shot at the title as early as this year and is full of confidence in his ability to match and better anything that the division can throw at him.
“It all depends on the availability of the belt at the time,” he added. “My manager (Jon Pegg) has said either the end of 2022 or early 2023.”
“I feel very confident to be honest,” Christopher said. “I think I have a sense for what to expect as I have mixed it with guys who have held the belt or were Midlands champions in other weight classes and I do more than just hold my own.
“To get the West Midlands belt would firstly put me as the first Bermudian to attain the belt. It would also put my name in the mix with other top welterweights domestically here in Britain.”
Christopher is being put through his paces by trainer Anthony Hull at the D & A Boxing School of Excellence Centre in Stirchley, Birmingham, and remains unbeaten in his three professional bouts to date.
After a lengthy delay brought on the by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 25-year-old secured a unanimous points win over Britian’s Josh Hodgins as he finally made his professional debut in a four-round super-welterweight bout at the H Suite in Edgbaston last October.
He then secured a points decision over Mohamed Husain fighting at the same weight class at Villa Park in Birmingham a month later.
Christopher then improved his professional record to 3-0 after moving up to the middleweight class with another unanimous points victory against Britain’s Carl Turney at Villa Park in Birmingham in his most recent outing in the ring in February.
While encouraged by his success to date, the fighter is keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground, and is focused on he continuing the development of his craft.
“I would not say my expectations are high because I am 3-0,” said Christopher.
“People see my talent and say they can see me doing this and doing that. But I am still at the beginning of my career, still learning on the job.
“For each fight me and my coach Anthony Hull are working on something different to implement and add to my arsenal. There are different tricks to the trade with professional boxing that I’m still learning and getting accustomed to.”
Christopher, a former stablemate of Nikki Bascome and Andre Lambe at Forty Rego’s Gym in Bermuda, is reaping the benefits of his efforts and the technical and tactical advice from Hull.
He expressed gratitude to his sponsors in Bermuda and Birmingham who he described as critical to his efforts to make history in the UK.
“My success has come from my hard work and dedication. Also from my coach working with me and giving me homework.”
“I would like to give thanks to my sponsors back home who have sent funds towards my ring gear,” he added. “Island Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Everforward Digital Bermuda, Cardoso Customs and Repairs and Everblessed Entertainment.
“I have also acquired a Birmingham sponsor, Mellows Catering, which is a very popular restaurant here in the city of Birmingham.”
Christopher compiled a 9-3 record as an amateur before signing a professional contract with manager Pegg in August 2021.