Dundee fighter Scott ‘Boom Boom’ Malone (5-1) returns to action on Saturday night at Cage Warriors 100 with the landmark event taking place at The Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
The Scottish bantamweight prospect will test his skills against local lad, Josh ‘Crazy Horse’ Reed (7-2), in a contest that could have title implications for the winner.
Malone said: “It feels great to be part of Cage Warriors 100. I always wanted to be part of this card as it is such a special night in the promotions history. Plus, I know it gives me the opportunity to show what I can do in front of a huge TV audience.
“Josh Reid is a Cage Warriors veteran and I know he is a powerful striker with some decent grappling. I don’t think he is technically great, but he is definitely a good fighter and I won’t be taking him lightly”.
Reed is of course a Welsh fighter and the Tillery Combat man will have the majority of the crowd on his side, but stepping into the lion’s den is not anything new to Boom Boom. He said: “Most of my fights have been in the other guy’s home town, so fighting Josh in Wales won’t bother me at all. I’m no stranger to that. If a crowd is hostile towards me, it gives me extra motivation.”
Malone’s last outing was only 7 weeks ago when he stopped Adam Amarasinghe in impressive fashion at Cage Warriors 98 and the 30 year old is desperate to build on that momentum on Saturday night. He said: “It has only been a couple of months since I last fought but I wanted to get back in there as quick as possible as I felt that was my most impressive performance to date.
“Plus, I don’t know if it’s just bad luck or there have been genuine reasons, but I have had about 11 guys cancel on me in the past couple of years so I want to keep busy and make up for that lost time.
Headlining Cage Warriors 98 was Malone’s fellow countryman, Ross Houston, who won the Cage Warriors welterweight title and watching Ross being handed the gold belt has given Boom Boom all the extra motivation he needs going into this contest.
He said: “It was brilliant to see Ross win the belt and now he will probably be singed to UFC. I know that if I keep beating these guys that will be me soon. A win over Josh should put me right in the mix for a title shot.
“There is a lot of rumour about Cage Warriors coming to Scotland next year and it would be a dream come true if I got a title shot here in Scotland.
“Ultimately, I want to win the Cage Warriors belt and be the next guy in the UFC. When I started fighting getting to the UFC was always the goal and I’m not going to stop until I get there”.
You can watch Scott in action on BT Sport3 from 9pm on Saturday 8th December.