‘My short term goal is to win the British Title and my long term goal is to win a World Title’– Tamuka Mucha, August 2017.
Reading has never been heralded as one of the great boxing town’s in the United Kingdom; Michael Sprott providing brave cannon fodder for a novice Anthony Joshua in 2014 offers the closest resemblance to an achievement in recent years for the Berkshire town.
That was until 24 year old, Whitley based Welterweight, Tamuka Mucha (16-1-0) began to stamp his name onto the professional circuit, providing a beacon of hope to finally put Reading on the boxing map.
In an exclusive interview, Tamuka ‘Too Much’ Mucha talks in depth on weight loss, ambitions and dealing with his first defeat as a professional.
Originally hailing for Harare, Zimbabwe, Mucha gained weight upon moving to the UK. Weighing 105kgs by the age of 16, the now Champion athlete sought boxing to get into shape.
‘I got into boxing when I was young so that I could lose weight. I was mainly inspired by explosive punchers. I looked up to fighters like Mike Tyson, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Roy Jones Jr.’
In what first had been a means to lose weight, Mucha found himself shining at Reading Amateur Boxing Club, reaching the heights of a GB final, losing out narrowly to now fellow professional, Anthony Fowler.
As a professional, Mucha continued to excel, capturing the Southern Area Title in his eleventh professional fight against Eric Ochieng in 2015.
An impressive victory over Paddy Gallagher on the George Groves vs Eduard Gutknecht undercard last November put Mucha in a commanding spot for a shot at the British. But nothing is ever so simple in boxing.
A surprise defeat to Serge Ambomo back in May put the brakes on the imminent Title charge, and gave Tamuka his first taste of defeat as a professional.
‘I suffered my first loss to Serge Ambomo, but it was a short notice fight. I now realise I shouldn’t have taken it because I wasn’t prepared for it.’
Providing a measured and calm analysis of his defeat, Mucha was hopeful for the future and the adjustments made to his camp.
‘The main thing I’ve done differently was change trainers so that I can learn to be more aggressive. I want to fight in a more aggressive manner to help get more stoppages and knockouts. I train at Whitley Boxing Gym and my trainer is Nathan Ward.’
Looking to the future, ‘Too Much’ has a lot on his mind. And despite enduring the pains of an opponent pull out of a Title comeback fight, the Reading man has eyes firmly set on the cream of the domestic 147lb crop.
‘My comeback fight was meant to be against John O’ Donnell for the English Title but he recently got injured so the fight is off. My next goal has to be to win the British Title.’
A comeback fight against a man with a record of 32-2-0, and undefeated in 6 years certainly says a lot about the character and intentions of Mucha, who was keen to express his urge to get his British Title tilt back on track.
Mucha broke the about news that the cancelled fight, which doubled as a final eliminator for the British Title, was off in a statement on social media. In an open letter to fans, ‘Too Much’ went on to request a fight with Skeete next.
‘At the moment, I would love to fight Bradley Skeete and get my hands on that British Title. If not maybe Sam Eggington for the European, that would be a great fight for me.’
Skeete won the prestigious Lonsdale Belt outright last month with a convincing victory over Dale Evans; whilst Eggington is slated to defend his European strap in October. Meanwhile the likes of Frankie Gavin, Shayne Singleton and Gary Corcoran fill the domestic pool with a host of interesting potential match ups.
‘The domestic Welterweight scene looks very competitive and one of the toughest divisions in the country. I know I can compete with every name. There is no one I would back down from.’
The message is simple and crystal clear. Tamuka Mucha has ambitions, and will fight any man in order to achieve them. An entertaining fighter with immaculate shot selection and timing, Mucha is definitely one to watch for 2017 and beyond.
Follow Tamuka’s journey as a professional on Twitter: @TamukaMucha
By Thomas Humber