Fred Beven 1-1-0 is an English amateur Mixed Martial Artist, representing LD Fighters. He has competed for Golden Ticket Fight Promotions, Battle Arena and is due to make his debut this Saturday at Meltdown FC 8.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Fred, and also to congratulate you on your recent fight announcement for the Meltdown Fighting 8 card.
I hope training camp has been going well in the build-up to your return to the cage?
“Yes, the camp has been going well, working on the basics and keeping the fitness levels high. Come Saturday 16th i’ll be as physically and mentally prepared as I can be.”
Training under Dave Matthews at LD Fighters must be a tremendous confidence booster for you. Producing some of the finest athletes the UK Combat sports Scene has had the privilege of witnessing. What does it mean to be part of LDF?
“Of course, it’s a huge confidence boost to be part of Daves Team. Training amongst many top-level Pro fighters really helps motivate you and help you push to be the best you can be in the sport. The combined knowledge of the athletes in the gym is priceless, and I’m very glad to have found such a community of competitive fighters.”
Last we had the pleasure of witnessing you in action was back in July 2021. when you took your 2nd step down your amateur journey, taking on James Walker at Battle Arena 60. Despite a valiant effort throughout all three rounds, the night was not yours. Looking back on that war with James nearly a year ago now, what did you take from your performance in Birmingham?
“I’ve watched that fight back several times. I put a lot of effort in during that fight but didn’t capitalise on the opportunities I was creating in the cage. Yes, on my record it was a loss, but actually, I think you could score that fight either way, as it was very close. You don’t lose in life, you learn, and I have come out a better fighter. For Saturday night coming, I just need to stick to what I know and fight my fight.”
As previously stated, almost a year has passed since fans got to see you in action, what have you been up to as you approach your 3rd time out there on your amateur career?
“Since the last fight, I’ve been really busy, on the mats often, as well as pursuing other hobbies. I’ve spent a lot of time climbing, which has really helped my strength, especially while grappling. I took a small amount of time out of fighting and let myself rest and recover, but now I’m back, fitter, stronger and more focused than ever.”
The stage is almost set for a night of pure unadulterated organised violence at Meltdown FC 8 in Bristol. You are set to take on Mert Tascakar. Have you had the opportunity to do some research on Mert during camp?
“Truthfully, I haven’t really looked at my opponent. I know he’s had some time off and will be looking to put on a show. It looks to be that he has more of a stand-up, striking style of fighting and I’m looking forward to matching my abilities to his. MMA can always go one way or the other, the paper statistics do not matter. What counts is your ability to be able to control the chaos inside the cage each time that door is locked.”
Without giving too much away what steps have you been taking to make sure you walk out with your arm raised and a W on your record at the Thornbury Sports Centre?
“Obviously, I can’t tell you my game plan, but in terms of training, it’s just working the basics and getting them right. I’m not the prettiest fighter and don’t aim to be. Just do what you know and do it well. I don’t plan on this fight lasting all 3 rounds, get in and get it done.”
Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“Honestly, I haven’t looked into the card all that much. I know there are some title fights that should be really good. But truthfully, I’m also looking forward to seeing the junior fighters. I think it’s great to see them getting cage time so young. Something I wish I’d have had the chance to do if I had started this sport earlier.”
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?
“I would like to say thanks to anybody that’s got tickets off me and to those who will be streaming the event online. The support means a lot. Also, a big thanks to Dave Mathews as a great coach and all the team at LD Fighters. This will quite possibly be my last fight in the UK for a while as I’m hoping to take a one-way flight to Australia this summer. Then it’ll be onto working my way through the Australian amateur ranks. Cheers to all!”