Bruno Tarimo first landed in Australia in 2018 after accumulating a record of 20-1-1 in his native Tanzania. Tarimo hit the ground running on his introduction to Australian boxing picking up victories over local legends: Billel Dib, Joel Brunker, Nathaniel May, Paul Fleming and Kye MacKenzie. While also picking up the IBF International Super Featherweight title in Serbia, defeating Serif Gurdijelac.
Bruno Tarimo (26-3-2) last graced the squared circle under a year ago in Manchester, England. Sadly for Tarimo he was on the wrong end of a points defeat at the hands of Zelfa Barrett in a spirited effort.
“It was good for me to go to England and fight at the next level. He was a smart fighter, very smart and was full of skills. The fight has made me improve a lot, I learned a lot. It is not actually my real weight division, but you have to take these opportunities. It was a great opportunity for people to see me perform on the big stage. Barrett was a good test for me, good test for my team, we lost but we take the positives and we come back better.”
Said Bruno Tarimo in an exclusive interview for ProBox News.
“It was very nice to experience England too! My whole family came with me, but we go there for work. We didn’t enjoy England too much because we were focused on what we had to do. But it’s very cool, I don’t like the cold though. I’m a big Manchester United fan, so I went with my manager to Old Trafford, which has always been a big dream of mine.”
Despite the defeat Tarimo remains upbeat about his career at the age of 27. Tarimo will next take in the sights of the Japanese capital of Tokyo, fighting the undefeated Yoshiki Takei (5-0) on December 13th, playing chief support for the unification bantamweight battle between Naoya Inoue and Paul Butler.
Tarimo’s upcoming fight will infact take place two weights below his last contest, jumping down from super featherweight to super bantamweight.
“This fight in Japan is actually in my natural weight division. I haven’t fought there for a couple of years, I’ve been fighting two divisions above my size. I’m looking forward to fighting Takei, I think it’s going to be a great fight. I respect him a lot, he only has five fights, but you have to respect anybody who gets in the ring.”
Bruno Tarimo currently finds himself rankled at #7 by the IBF in the super featherweight division, however he fights for the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation Super Bantamweight title next month. Tarmio enlightened me on the reasoning for his recent weight hopping.
“If you look at my fights with Zelfa Barrett, Billel Dib, Paul Fleming, Kye MacKenzie and the guy from Serbia, you can see they are all much bigger than me, I’m too small for them! I was offered to fight Billel Dib at super feather, so I had to take the opportunity. I’ve been stuck there because I kept getting offered good fights there and had a title. It has been good for me to fight such great fighters.
“I’m just too small to win a world title there. I’m going to more comfortable at super bantamweight, I dream of winning a World title one day down there! I’m just going to keep pushing and take any opportunities that come my way.”