Ben Petches-Kelly 1-0-0 is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Welterweight division, representing Next Generation Liverpool, he has competed for Almighty Fighting Championship and is due to take his 2nd step on his professional journey on June 25th at FCC 29.
I’d like to start things off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Ben, and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion to the FCC 29 card.
I hope training has been going well in the build-up to your highly anticipated return to the cage?
“Training has been going well, I’m in good shape, I’m sharp, focused and ready to go.”
You’re only as strong as your team, and being part of the well-oiled machine that is Next Gen to boot. Learning from the likes of Matthew Bonner, Paddy Pimblett and Adam Cullen just to name a few must be such a confidence booster?
“Yeah of course it’s a confidence booster, you only have to look at the fights out the lads have had and see what we train and work day in, day out works. There’s not a gym in the country that’s close to the level Next Gen is on!”
It has been a rocky road for you since making your professional debut back in September, but injuries as well as cancellations are all part and parcel of the fight game.
How does it feel to finally be able to continue on your professional journey?
“Feels good to be getting back in there, obviously injuries and cancellations are setbacks, but it’s how you come out of them that makes the difference. It’s given me time to focus on other things and get better other than just doing fight after fight with no time to get better.”
8 months in the fight game is an age in the path of a warrior, you will no doubt be a completely different fighter to what you were at Almighty Fighting Championship 19 back in 2021.
What can the FCC fans come to expect when witnessing you in action on Saturday?
“The fans can expect to see me looking to finish the fight at all times and to be in an exciting fight as I always am.”
The wait is almost over, FCC 29 has been one of the most highly anticipated cards of the calendar year so far. You Square off against William Haycox. also taking his second step on his professional career, a mirror of a matchup this is thought to be one of the most closely matched bouts of the evening.
What do you make of William in the build-up to your highly anticipated meeting?
“Will’s a good fighter and has a good grappling game, but I feel like I’ve improved more and I know I’ve got what it takes to get the finish.”
As previously stated, FCC 29 is set to be one of the most explosive cards of 2022. Many Phenomenal athletes are set to take centre stage on one of the biggest UK stages of them all.
Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to watching one of the amateurs Jake McHugh, his grappling level is unbelievable and he’s shaping to be a very dangerous fighter.”
I wish you all the best for Saturday Ben and I look forward to witnessing your professional career unfold.
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 like to say thank you to everyone who has bought tickets or the PPV to support, I appreciate having such a loyal support, and can’t wait to put on a show for you’s on Saturday.”