28th May 2011

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Former WBU title holder Takaloo, will make a surprise return to the ring after a lay-off of more than three years after agreeing to take place in the popular Prizefighter Tournament, after a meeting with promoter Eddie Hearn at the DeGale v Groves fight at London’s O2 Arena last week.

Takaloo, 35, from Margate, Had approached the new boxing drive behind Matchroom boxing and the Prizefighter Hearn and asked him if he could appear in the exciting one night showcase. Hearn accepted the Margate boxers involvement and Takaloo announced his ring return .

TakalooClick here to see Q&A with him

“I’d wanted to box in the last light-middleweights Prizefighter, but I wasn’t able to get my medical sorted out in time and had to miss out. The timing just wasn’t right. A friend said he’d hook us up and I talked to Eddie on Saturday, who said he’d love to have me in it.” Takaloo told Mick Watkins, Kent News.


Takaloo’s last fight was in January 2008 against Anthony Small in a Southern Area title loss. Before that heavy defeat, he had won the WBU light middleweight and welterweight titles popular in the UK at the beginning of the last decade. He went onto fight good Puerto Rican champion Daniel Santos in 2003 for the WBO title held by Puerto Rican champion Daniel Santos in 2003, losing on points.

Known as the Margate Rock, Takaloo always came to fight and he could really bang. The Prizefighter could be just up Takaloo’s street and he says he is in good shape and feels the years out of the ring have helped him to refreshed and refocused.

“I was tired out and had fallen out of love with boxing.” said Takaloo.

“I shouldn’t have taken the Small fight but you can’t turn down title shots and didn’t think he was that good. In fact I still don’t. But you live and learn. I wasn’t really ready for that fight and you know what they say. If you don’t prepare, be prepared to fail.

“I might be 35, but I’ve not had a really long, drawn out career with lots of hard fights.

“If I get the right sparring to whip myself into fighting shape and go for it, I reckon I can really shock a few people. Also, no-one’s going to expect me to do anything so the only pressure on me is what I put on myself.”

“Obviously I’m no Bernard Hopkins, but I look up to him. I live the life and have never let myself get out of shape between fights. Even now I’m not fighting I’m still only two pounds over my fighting weight.

“If this was any old six-eight rounder I’d not bother. I don’t need it to be honest, but the Prizefighter series is a little different and I think, with my fitness, the format should suit me. It’s fast-paced, all out and you just have to go for it and there won’t be many guys with my experience in it.” He added.

Career Record: 32 fights 22 wins, 17 KOs and 7 defeats.

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