Ethan “Longshanks” Barry 2-2-0 is an English amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the welterweight division, representing BKK Fighters. he competed for Killacam Promotions, Shock n’ Awe, Cage Warriors and Cage Warriors South East.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Ethan, I’d also like to congratulate you on your recent fight announcement for the CWSE27 card. I hope training has been going well in the build-up to your scheduled bout?
“Yeah, training has been going well. I feel like I’m constantly making improvements.”
It must be an amazing feeling to have got the Call to represent BKK Fighters on one of the biggest organisations in the UK. What was going through your mind when you received the call?
“Yeah, it’s always cool when you get offered a fight on any show, but I enjoy fighting on this show because it’s so well run. So I was just excited to get the chance to get out there again.”
As previously stated, on March 12th you shall be joining your teammates going to war at Charter Hall. Taking on Ji Odoucha, both of you have your respective statements to make on the night. Yourself to bring home yet another Digit to your amateur record and Ji to bring home his 1st W on his amateur journey. What do you make of Ji, have you managed to get a chance to study your opponent leading up to your return to the cage?
“So, I watched his last fight and he seems like a strong guy who’s ready and game. It should be a fun fight.”
Without giving too much away what steps have you been taking to make sure you walk out with a hat trick of victories on your amateur record?
“I think the key to me winning this fight, is sticking to what I’m good at, keeping it where I want it. So for the past several weeks, all of the sparring and drilling has been quite specific to my style making sure I’m not making any silly mistakes.”
Many of your teammates will be joining you on your upcoming return to the cage. You must be eager to show all the hard work that is put into training every day at BKK Fighters. What does it mean to you to showcase exactly what your gym is made of?
“Yeah, it’s always a good time when there are loads of guys from the gym fighting like there’s a good atmosphere out the back. And watching everyone come back with wins is always so good to watch. I think it’s important to us because we get to show what a solid gym we are with everyone being so well rounded.”
Other than your inclusion on the night, are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing at what is set to be a full house in Essex?
“Obviously, I’m looking forward to seeing the other guys from BKK go out there and get their wins. And just in general I’m looking forward to watching the fights, the level on this show is usually really good so all the fights tend to be entertaining.”
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 thanks to everyone that’s coming out to support me and the team, it’s always appreciated. And then thanks to the fans in general because without the fans there is no sport.”