Interview with Shawon Choudhury ahead of UKFC18

Shawon “Beast Boy” Choudhury 6-1-0 is a Bangladeshi amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight Division. An amateur competitor since 2018. He has competed for Machine MMA, Last Man Standing MMA, Combat Challenge, Almighty Fighting Championship and is scheduled to make his debut for Preston based organisation UKFC.

 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time out to speak to me today Shawon. And also to congratulate you on your Scheduled title opportunity at UKFC18. I hope training camp has been going well in the build-up to your highly anticipated return?

 

“Training camp is going amazing. I’m feeling better and better every week. I can’t wait to just get out there and perform and show why I’m one of the best in the UK In sha Allah.”

 

The last we saw you in action was back in November 2021 at Almighty Fighting Championship 21. Capturing Flyweight gold in a submissive victory against a well-rounded opponent in Connor Walsh. A prize well earned in what was a trio of victories with Ray Thompsons’ organisation. How did it feel to have all your hard work rewarded across your amateur journey?

 

“Honestly, it felt surreal winning that title, especially in the way I did, when I first started training I never imagined I would be where I’m at in such a short time. My coach Shaj told me this would all happen 2 years ago as long as I stay focused, disciplined and work hard. So honestly a lot of the credit needs to go to my coaches Shaj Haque, Sham Haque and Jordan Cooper. Without them, there’s no way I’d be the AFC champion right now.”

 

In just under 2 weeks you have the opportunity to add to your Warriors treasure trove taking on Aspire Combat Sports Academy’s Luke Burns for the UKFC Flyweight title. Not your scheduled opponent for the night with the unfortunate withdrawal of Manchester Top Team’s Ciaran Heffernan. Have you had the opportunity to do some research on Luke?

 

“I’ve watched a few of his previous fights and he’s good wherever the fight goes. But I believe I’m better and In Sha Allah, I’ll show that come fight night. The opponent’s change didn’t phase me, I train to fight to the best of my ability regardless of the opponent.”

 

Without giving too much away, what steps have you been taking to make sure you walk out of the Imperial Riva Showbar in Preston with the vacant Flyweight Championship around your waist?

 

“All I can do is work hard and give it my all in every aspect of my training whether that be. during actual training sessions or during my rest periods to recover. This is exactly what I’ve done and come March 12th, the hard work will show itself in my performance in Sha Allah.”

 

Many explosive amateurs such as yourself and pros are all approaching the end of all the hard work conducted in their well-orchestrated fight camps. Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?

 

“One fight I’m looking forward to is my teammate Nayem Hoque. I see the hard work he’s been putting in every single day and he’s just getting better and better. The rate of his progress is unbelievable.”

 

Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?

 

“Just a quick shout out to my sponsor spice empire providing me with everything I need to get through a fight camp fit and healthy. Anyone in the northeast looking for somewhere they can dine and enjoy amazing food, spice empire is the place to go. Also a huge shout out to the rest of my sponsor’s spice hut, Kaz’s barbershop and patterned by mush because without the help of my sponsors I wouldn’t be able to train as often or as hard.”

 

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