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A Year of Ups and Downs: “The Vanilla Gorilla” Wayne Heath Interview – Fights Jan. 9
By Adam Ewing, Shawnee, OK, 12/24/15 – “The Vanilla Gorilla” Wayne Heath (6-0, 5 KO) looks to begin 2016 with another victory. On January 9, Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma will host Heath’s ninth professional fight.
In Heath’s last fight, he took on journeyman windbag, T.J. Jones. Jones talked relentless amounts trash via social media, and from the opening bell “The Vanillia Gorilla” took the fight to him, knocking out Jones in less than a round. So much for that “resume” of yours, huh T.J.?
“I worked really hard for that fight,” Heath said. “It was the first time I was in a main event. My opponent was T.J. Jones. On boxrec.com, he was ranked a few hundred spots ahead of me. He beat some good-quality opposition. I went out there and knocked him out in the first round. It was a good win. Going into that fight, I talked to two guys I really respect in the sport, they have been in the sport for many years, and they said it was a 50-50 fight. For me to go in there and stop him in the first really boosted my confidence. This win moved me up 300 some spots in the world ranking. To put it in perspective, it moved me ahead of Zhilei Zang, the 2008 Olympic Silver medalist.”