Tanner Boser is arguably one of the best, if not the best, heavyweight fighters in Canada. He has compiled a 7-1 career record as a professional and six of his seven wins have been by way of a finish. The only blemish on his record is his loss to former UFC veteran Tim Hague at Unified MMA 22. The loss was a quick one, a six second KO victory for Hague, to be exact.

Losing a fight like that can knock anyone down, but for Boser, it just made him want to fight again.

“After I lost all I wanted to do was fight,” Boser told The MMA Corner. “I did not even get to fight. I f-cked up so bad. I got knocked out in six seconds, which is the absolute worst thing that could happen, especially because that is what happened to Tim when he was in the UFC by Todd Duffy. I repeated his mistake because I was too stupid to learn from him. I walked right into his right hand. It sucked, man. It was one of the worst nights of my life. It was one of the worst weeks of my life. I was going insane so I needed to train. I knew I could beat him and I just messed up. I really wanted to get a fight against anyone I could get my hands on.”

The fighter he got his hands on next was Jared Henderson and Henderson paid the price for that. Boser used his motivation from his first loss and bounced back in Tanner Boser fashion with a TKO in the very first round.

Boser kept his head on after a devastating loss and rallied in a big way. You can tell that Boser loves fighting and his relationship to the sport is crucial to him.

“To be honest, it is the only thing I like doing,” said Boser. “I could never work in an office. I do not know why, but I know that I like waking up every morning and going to the gym. For whatever reason, getting punched in the face is preferable than working most normal jobs. Sometimes I have to live off of tuna and hate my life, but I get to wake up and not hate my job.”

It is awesome that Boser loves his job, but it might be even better that he loves his job and is really good at it.  Boser is one of the best heavyweights in Canada and the exact rankings could be up for debate. Regardless if you see him as one, two, or three, Boser is legitimate. A lot of people have high praise for the big man fighting out of Canada, and that praise has a huge impact on Boser.

“It means a lot, actually,” said Boser. “Rankings are not definitive. You do not bring your ranking in the cage. No matter who you are fighting, they are dangerous. It feels good, though. One of my goals, when I started, was that I wanted to rank in the top ten in Canada. I thought it would be really cool. In my mind, that was a big achievement. However, turns out, heavyweight is super shallow division and I was able to get into the top ten pretty quickly. Now I am ranked pretty high.”

Bose will be looking to further his ranking in his next fight. He will be fighting Victor Valimaki on September 25 at Unified MMA 24. Valimaki is a former UFC veteran; the fight will be the main event of the evening. Boser had some choice words about the matchup.

“Victor Valimaki has been around the block,” said Boser. “He had a couple fights in the UFC. He is a veteran. He has a lot of experience on me. He is well rounded. He is not bad at anything. I do not think he will be able to handle my grit. I think he is a pretty boy. He likes to be a flashy striker. I do not think he will be able to bite down on his mouthguard when I drag him into a brawl. He used to be pretty big as a male stripper around here. He is probably better than me at dancing. He is probably better than me at, uh, just looking good in general. He is better than me at bar hopping. So, yeah, he presents some serious challenges in areas I am not an expert in. I think I should be able to overcome those obstacles and kick his ass.”

All jokes aside, Boser’s game is no joke. A win over Valimaki could thrust the top heavyweight prospect into the UFC or at the very least, get him one step closer.

“The UFC would be cool,” said Boser. “Just to make it there would be cool. Really though, I just want to be good. I don’t know, I can’t explain it any better than that. I just want to fight a couple tough guys and beat a couple tough guys. I just want to be good.”

A lot of people feel Boser has already achieved that goal. He is well on his way to the big show and if he keeps winning fights he will be there sooner rather than later.

“It will probably be, once it happens, it will probably mean less to me than it does now because I just won’t be quite good enough,” said Boser. “That is just my personality. I always want to be better than I am at the time. I will be happy with it, but not satisfied with it.”

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.