The ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to prevent Bruno Tarimo from seeing his own family back in Tanzania.
What the Australian-based contender won't allow it to do is deny him from seeing any of the top junior featherweights in the ring.
Among the current targets for the charismatic Tarimo (25-2-2, 5KOs) are a pair of recent victors on the Jan. 23rd edition of Showtime Championship Boxing in the United States. Atop the show, Stephen Fulton (19-0, 8KOs) claimed his first major after dethroning World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound titlist Angelo Leo via 12-round unanimous decision.
Tarimo respects the fact that he has to work toward such a fight. One such opportunity to get him there, he believes, would be a shot at the evening's chief support winner. Las Vegas-based Ra'eese Aleem delivered a breakout performance in a masterful 11th round stoppage of fellow unbeaten prospect Vic Pasillas. The win netted Aleem an interim version of the World Boxing Association (WBA) junior featherweight title, for which Tarimo would love nothing more than to next contend.
"Aleem you had a very good fight, congratulations on your victory but make no mistake I'm coming from your title, all the way from super featherweight down to super bantamweight," Tarimo told BoxingScene.com. "I fight three divisions above my best weight to stay busy. No problem on making weight for this fight—give me the opponent, give me the challenge and I will show you who is king of the jungle."
Tarimo is managed by Tony Tolj, best known for his work with twins Jason and Andrew Moloney. The three frequently train together, which only further sharpens Tarimo's skills as he looks to advance to the title level where the Moloneys both currently reside.
"My manager (Tony Tolj) already start contacting Tom Brown for a fight with the champions," insists Tarimo. "I come from nothing, people are complaining about quarantine, I have not seen my wife and kids for nearly a year and a half. This is the sacrifice I make for the opportunity of a world title.
"My boss, manager Tony Tolj call me 'The Teriminator.' I will never stop until I'm world champion. Bruno Tarimo will be the next super bantamweight champion of the world."