The past wars at the BEC Arena in Manchester have been some of the most exciting and explosive bouts put together by the Cage Warriors team.
Fight fans have been given a date for Graham Boylan and his team’s next visit on April 15th.
Announcements are rolling out thick and fast for the CW 152 card, most recently the Lightweight showdown between James Power vs Łukasz Kopera.
I caught up with 1 half of this absolute barn burner of a contest, James Power. Who will be looking to impress off the back of his debut for CW back in April 2022 at CW 140.
James Power 4-0-0 is an English professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Lightweight division, representing ASW Manchester CBKA and Powerhouse Fight Club. He has competed for Caged Steel, MMA Uncaged, and Bad Mofo UK and cage Warriors.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to speak with me again today James, and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion to the CW 152 card.
“Thank you very much mate, it’s a pleasure to be back on with you as well.”
My pleasure James.
I hope preparations have been going well for your highly anticipated return to the CW cage?
“Yeah mate, as always I’m training all year round. I was hoping to be on the New Year’s Eve card, as I’ve put a lot of good work in on the back end of last year. So that’s all just carried through really, I’m in a really good place.”
Glad to hear it mate. I was at the New Year’s Eve card, it was absolutely incredible.
“Yeah it looked class, it looked really good.”
Your debut back at CW 140 will be a night the fans, and no doubt yourself, will never forget. Living up to your last name indeed, with a powerful victory over Adam Shelley in the closing stages of the 2nd.
I bet it was an amazing feeling when receiving the call to take your 2nd step under the Cage Warriors banner?
“Yeah absolutely, I’ve been excited to get back out there. My debut was a great night, I took a nice few fans over with me, it was great meeting the people that came to see me afterwards too. Performance-wise, I felt like I didn’t get to show my full array of skills in that match, purely because Adams sucha long-range striker and had to adopt a certain style to beat him. I just did the job the way it needed to be done that night, but it wasn’t necessarily the best match-up to express myself and my skill. I feel this next match-up gives me a greater opportunity to do so.”
Definitely agree, a well rounded opposition also.
It’s been 6 months since your explosive entrance to the roster, no doubt extensive hard work to your already prolific skill-set has been added in the build-up to inclusion in April. What can the fans in attendance come to expect when that cage door closes in Manchester?
“Just the same as I said last time mate, don’t blink. I think it’s a great match-up for me to show everybody what I’m about, everyone got a glimpse of that last time out. I feel like it’s gonna be high action, high paced as soon as the bell goes, lime I’ve shown in my previous fights as well.”
From what I’ve seen over your socials, you’ve completely levelled up. Your debut was explosive, it’s definitely in my top 3 of CW debuts.
“Cheers man, I loved it. To do something like that in enemy territory was such a buzz.”
I can imagine man.
A location and more importantly an opponent has been set in stone, you are set to take on Zenith Vera Fight Club’s Łukasz Kopera. A well rounded opposition to test your undefeated professional journey thus far.
What do you make of Łukasz as you prepare to collide on April 15th?
“Oh, Łukasz is a veteran. He’s got an extensive record and he’s experienced, he’s very durable I would say. There’s no quit in him from the previous fights I’ve seen, I think I’ll have to put him away to get the win and that’s exactly what I intend to do. I’m not disregarding his skill-set, he definitely has skills at his disposal that you have to be wary of. But ultimately, I’m gonna have too much for him, I don’t think he’s got the same arsenal that I have.”
What a fight, the team have really outdone themselves with this Manchester card I have to say.
“Yeah, every announcement I’ve seen so far is main-card worthy, and with so many more to announce as well”
Definitely, I look forward for future announcements.
Cage Warriors trips to the BEC Arena have given the fans in Manchester some highlight reel finishes and bouts that will forever hold historic moments in CW history. No doubt April will be no exception.
Other than your inclusion on the night, are there any confirmed matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“I’m looking forward to watching George Hardwick defending his belt again against Yann Liasse. I’ve seen Yann fight on Brave a couple of times, so I think it will be interesting to see. I think George is the more skilled out of the 2, I think George should beat him. But he posses a problem being such a long-ranged guy, it’ll be interesting.”
I’ve had the opportunity to catch George out there a few times live. He’s so unpredictable, and loves a fight.
“Yeah, he loves the scrap.”
It’s been a pleasure speaking with you again today James, I wish you all the best for your continued training camp and all the best for April mate.
“Thank you so much mate, and thanks again for having me, it’s been a pleasure.”
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’d like to give a shout-out to my sponsors, Clinic Sports Therapy, Singleton Autos, CBD Health Relief, 4eleven Fightwear, A – Rated power flush. Thank you for sponsoring me, it’s really helping me with my training. To the fans in attendance, I hope that you enjoy the night, and keep your eyes peeled when I’m in there. Expect an explosive performance, I’m sure I’ll be giving you all a highlight reel finish.”