Tom Wright 3-3-0 is an English amateur Mixed Martial Artist. An amateur competitor since 2017, representing Manchester Predators. He has competed for Budo Fighting Championship, CageWarriors and Preston based organisation UKFC.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Tom. With your bout now set in stone for UKFC18, fight camp in full swing, how has training been going so far.
“Training has been going decent, I’ve been training consistently since my last fight as always. But I started stepping it up on Monday this week.”
At UKFC18 you have an opportunity to showcase your skill for the biggest prize within your reach on the amateur scene. Taking on Jack Axworthy for the recently vacated UKFC amateur Bantamweight Title. How did you feel when you got the call?
“To be honest I’ve known for a little while that I was getting a title shot, I just didn’t know who it would be against. And yeah I’m happy about fighting for my first amateur belt, but I won’t truly be happy until I go out there and win it on March 12th.”
When finding out that Kurtis Campbell had vacated the strap early on this week, given the astonishing performances with the UKFC defeating Ashley Cooper and Jake Grundy. Did you feel like now was your chance to prove yourself to be just what the Preston based organisation needed to reign over the Bantamweight Division?
“I’ve been in this division for a while now, my record has been a bit up and down, but I’ve only lost to top-level fighters. I’m not one to build my record against robots like a lot of other amateurs do. So yeah I feel it’s a good time to show I’m one of the best Bantamweights in the country by winning the UKFC belt.”
As previously stated your last appearance for the UKFC was a successful outing, taking on and unanimously defeating Jake Grundy back at UKFC14 back in July 2021. This amazing show of skill seems to be the defining moment for the UKFC to award you this opportunity. Thinking back on that night at the Imperial Banqueting Suite, what stood out most for you?
“Thinking back on that fight, it was a good performance but I still feel there were a lot of things I could have done better. Although I was in control for most of the fight, I still made mistakes that could have cost me the win. This time out I’m looking to improve on that performance, and although I’ll be more than ready for 5 rounds, I don’t plan on it lasting that long.”
Across your Warriors journey, you have fought for some of the best promotions the UK has to offer, but the UKFC seems to have piqued your interest enough to return to their iconic Union Jacked stage of the war. If successful on the night, does the notion of defending the strap and making the Preston based organisation more of a permanent abode for your career?
“UKFC is a top promotion, and has always been good to me but I’m not sure what my next step will be in my career. I could defend the belt once I win or maybe turn pro. I’m not getting any younger, so we’ll have to sit down and talk about that after my fight.”
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?
“A message to the fans would be to make sure you don’t miss this fight. I’m never involved in a boring fight, and this might be the only time my opponent is more than likely going to be willing to stand with me. So yeah, I have no doubt this will be a belter, and I’ll be coming out with a stoppage whether it be by KO or submission.”