FightStar Championship return in four days time with their fourth installment, live from the Halifax Arena, with a night of exciting Mixed Martial Arts action.
Competing on the night is Tony Williams, who trains out of Team Fulinkazan and is raring to get back inside the cage and test himself against new opponents.
Ahead of the night in Halifax Tony took some time out to speak with me.
I wanted to start by looking back on the last time I saw you compete, which was Caged Fighters 7. Looking back how much did it mean to get the victory and what did you make to your performance on the night?
“Very pleased with the win. I learnt a lot from my previous fight before that and took away a lot which I felt needed working on so I was pleased that it got me the victory. I knew quite a bit about my opponent and what his strength and weaknesses were so I knew what I had to do”.
How much do you feel you benefited from going the full three rounds and did you take anything away which you have been working on?
“It was good to go the three rounds and test myself physically and mentally. Its three rounds of experience I can take away and use to my advantage and showed that all the training had paid off by being able to keep composed, focused and physically able to go the whole way”.
Next up you compete on the Fight Star Championship card in Halifax. How much do you know about the show and how much are you looking forward to competing on the night?
“I’ve been to one of the shows before and there have been a few lads from Fulinkazan who have fought there so I know a bit about it. We are lucky to have the welterweight champion from fightstar at our gym, Kev Mullen. I’m looking forward to getting back in the cage as my last fight was in March so I’m raring to go”.
I know that you train out of Team Fulinkazan, who are known for always bringing great support. How much does it mean to you to have people support you each time you compete?
“We all get massive support from Fulinkazan and it has a huge impact on me. To know they are there for you in the lead up to the fight and on the night itself is so important, you need that. To know they believe in you and to look around and see them gives you that extra push you need”.
How long have you been in training for this fight and what does a typical training camp involve for you?
“I’m never really out of training. I was due to have a fight in June but unfortunately due to injury had to pull out the week before so I was already in training and just carried that on. I train every night and work on a mixture of techniques and different training methods to improve skill, strength & conditioning, BJJ, boxing etc”.
Team Fulinkazan has many top competitors and coaches, who there have been some of the bigger influences on your development?
“Mark Spencer, James Doyle, Mark Tigwell and Nam Hoang have all been great for me. They are all so experienced and have never had a problem working closely with me in class and one on one which has brought me on loads, I’ve learnt a lot from them”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Everyone at the gym who I trained & sparred with leading up to the fight & Stuart who has come in and helped me out with my boxing. My family & my girlfriend Georgina for putting up with my “hanger” moods (from weight cutting!!)”.