Timmy Tyler has always been a vibrant, outgoing young guy. He’s a pistol, as my grandfather would say. His eagerness may be the reason he has gotten off to an 0-2 start as a professional mixed martial artist. His pro debut against Elijah Harris was a war that went back and forth before he got caught in the 3rd round. His second battle was against friend and former teammate, Kaheem Murray. Murray was clearly the better fighter that night and Tyler was also fighting at a heavier weight than he really should. Ironically, Murray has been helping him prepare and will be working his corner this week as Tyler looks to get untracked at Art of War 7 from the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia this coming Friday night, May 18th.
Jamal Johnson will stand across from him in the cage. Jamal sports the identical 0-2 record as Tyler. Johnson is a tough, quiet, hard-working, fearless man. His personality is the exact opposite of Tyler’s. He’s all business and I’m sure that he does not want to have to crawl out from an 0-3 start to his career as does his opponent. This is another evenly matched up tilt from Mike Bickings.
I stopped into his main training facility at TKO Fitness of Cherry Hill. He’s convinced that he will leave victorious and he also fills me in on what he has learned from his first two fights and what he needs to do better. We will be cageside for commentary, live updates, and a full recap on a stacked card that features Joe” Bodybagz” Pyfer in his pro debut, and the return of Philly legend Sam “Sammy O” Oropeza.