16/04/2024

Bruno Tarimo has announced a move down to Super Bantamweight for 2022 - Photo: Matchroom Boxing

Having previously campaigned in a higher weight class, Bruno Tarimo hopes to keep his World title hopes alive with a move to Super Bantamweight.

Tanzanian-born Australian boxer, Bruno Tarimo (26-3-2, 5 KO) and his team have announced that the IBF International champion will be dropping two weight classes to Super Bantamweight.

Tarimo has previously had success at Super Featherweight, constantly overcoming the odds against the likes of Billel Dib (25-3, 12 KOs), Kye MacKenzie (21-3, 17 KOs), Joel Brunker (34-4, 20 KOs) and Nathaniel May (21-3, 12 KOs).

Having beaten the best Australia has to offer, the 26 year old recently earned an IBF World title eliminator fight. Despite proving to be a game competitor, the gruelling bout went the way of British opponent, Zelfa Barrett (27-1, 16 KOs).

The incredibly determined Tarimo discussed his success as an underdog and the reason behind the change in career trajectory. 

“I’ve really worked hard in the gym with my coaches, and it’s shown in the fights I have been in. I always come to fight hard and give 100 per cent,” he said.

“I have beaten some great fighters, and I have shown why I belong at a world level, but in reality I am not a Super Featherweight and I have come close to fighting for the World title at 130 [pounds].

“I tried really hard against Zelfa Barrett but maybe he was just too big for me. It is now the right time to step down to my natural weight of Super Bantamweight. I have made 130 [pounds] too easily for a long time, and now I want to fight at my real weight.”

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The Super Bantamweight division has historically been a dynamic weight class, with stars such as Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-2, 13 KOs), Carl Frampton (28-3, 16 KOs), Tomoki Kameda (38-3, 20 KOs) and many other renowned fighters emerging from its ranks.  

In the past 12 months, a new crop of elite level fighters have stamped their authority. Luis Nery (31-1, 24 KOs) and Murodjon Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOs) have both proved their worth as World champions, while Brandon Figueroa (22-1-1, 17 KOs) and Stephen Fulton (20-0, 8 KOs) combined to create one of 2021’s fights of the year.

Tarimo concluded with his thoughts on the fighters he may one day meet in the ring.

“I think there are some great fights out there for me at 122 [pounds],” he told.

“I would love to challenge fighters like Luis Nery, Brandon Figueroa and Stephen Fulton. I want to be a champion so I’d love to fight for a title.

“There is such talent throughout the division, and in Japan Tomoki Kameda and Takuma Inoue are stars.

“I have proven fighting Barrett I will travel and fight anybody, so if an opportunity arose in Japan I would be as excited to go there as I would be to fight one of the champions in the United States.

“I can guarantee I will put on a show no matter where I fight.”

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