I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Chris, how has training camp been in the build-up to your scheduled bout at Fightstar Championship 20?
“Training has been great, no injuries, feeling fit, strong, it’s been a solid 6 weeks!”
December 18th you take on Emilian Cioata 2-1-0. With similar records, this is a tough one to call, also a great treat for the fans at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Have you had the opportunity to see Cioata in action?
“I’ve watched a few of Emilian’s fights on YouTube but haven’t seen him in live-action. Guess I will on Saturday!”
With just under a week to go before war commences, the final preparations are underway for what is bound to be a night of pure unadulterated organised violence. Without giving too much away what steps have you been taking to make sure you end the night with your arm raised.
“Just controlled everything I can control. I’ve trained hard, not skipped days, recovered properly, I’ve done everything right so I’ve got no excuses. Come Saturday, the best man on the night will win.”
As previously stated, this will be your third fight with Fightstar, also your 5th amateur outing of your walk down the professional circuit. What advice would you give to someone starting their professional careers looking to mirror your timeline of going to war in the cage?
“Well, I certainly wouldn’t want to mirror my timeline haha as it’s been a bit on and off as I’ve had a few injuries, unfortunately. Advice would be to take it seriously, you can’t half-arse fighting because you could come up against someone who isn’t half using it and you’re going to get hurt. Take your training, recovery and nutrition seriously to minimise your risk of injury as well, injuries take up a lot of time that could be used to develop your skills in the training room.”
Other than your inclusion on the night, are there any bouts in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing in London?
“Big fan of watching the smaller guys in action, can’t wait for the main event!”
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to shout out to?
“Just big love to everyone that’s travelled out to support! Big shout out to my coaches Adam, Carl, Keith, Matt, all the training partners, my S&C coach Jan at Performance culture and my physiotherapist at Activ8 rehab in Chertsey. Looking forward to getting back in there!”