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'Tactics and intelligence' can spur me on to title glory, says Tobias Webb

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

By MARK ORDERS

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TOBIAS Webb believes "tactics and intelligence" can help spur him to the Welsh super-middleweight boxing title next month against an opponent well versed in the arts of kicking, kneeing and elbowing, as well as punching.

The 24-year-old will aim for the national 12st crown on March 2 when he takes on Lewis Patterson at the Oceana in Swansea.

Patterson is a former kick-boxer who went 21 bouts undefeated before his bid for a world title ended in disqualification.

He is now trying his hand at boxing and is considered a dangerous opponent capable of causing problems.

But Webb is unfazed, saying: "I have something priceless that he doesn't have and that is experience inside a boxing ring.

"He has done well as a kick-boxer and that shows he has something about him, but I have boxed all my life. I have fought in America, I have beaten a former world champion in Robin Reid and I have lived this sport since I was a kid.

"It is in my family and I am completely comfortable with it.

"Lewis deserves his title shot. He is a professional athlete who has been in the kick-boxing limelight, but boxing is a different sport.

"I can scrap if that's the way the bout goes, but I will use intelligence and tactics rather than get drawn into a brawl.

"If I do that, I'm sure it will go well."

Webb has lost just once as a professional, to Rocky Fielding in the final of the Prizefighter tournament, and is a stylist blessed with good defence and a stinging jab.

Surprisingly, he has yet to manage one knock-out in the paid ranks — his ten wins all requiring the services of the judges, with the other bout a draw.

"It doesn't prove anything," he said.

"If you look at the records of my opponents almost all of them are fighters who do not go down easily.

"There are some tough boys in there and I have had to work hard for those wins."

Patterson failed to show at the press conference to promote the fight, Webb left to field all the questions in the Cardiff man's absence.

Confident

It didn't bother him.

He is confident without being a motor-mouth, resisting the temptation to trash-talk an opponent who wasn't in the room.

"I'll give him the respect he deserves," he said.

"It's not my way to slag off my opponents. Boxing is a sport built on respect and it is up to each fighter as to how he conducts himself.

"I would have liked to have faced Lewis here this evening but he is not here and some would call it unprofessional, but that's the way it goes — I'll see him in the ring.

"I will do what it takes to get a result. I have trained for ten rounds and am as fit as I have ever been. The title is something I want."

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