Saturday 8th November 2014 see’s Contender Promotions return with their third show of the year and one of the main draws on the night is the 70kg max, four man tournament.
Competing in the tournament is Reinaldo Santos who is looking forward to getting in there and taking on whoever is put in front of him.
Reinaldo has been involved in a tournament format before, so knows what it takes to get in there and compete multiple times on one night. That mixed in with his training under world class competitor Daniel Sam, it easy to see that Reinaldo will not be taken lightly by anyone on the night.
With less than a month to go to the tournament, Reinaldo took some time out to answer my questions.
Thanks for your time. I wanted to start by looking ahead to Contender Promotions. How much do you know about the show and how much are you looking forward to competing on the night?
“Don’t know much about, other than its just starting out and its seems to be going well, but I know they are putting on a good show and am looking forward to be part of it and put on a good show on the night too”.
On the night you are in a four man tournament. Have you ever been involved in any tournaments before and if so, how much of an advantage do you feel this could give you?
“I was In the 2012 ringmasters tournament, and it was a good very good experience, had three fights before the final, I take every fight or tournament as a new challenge, so this one will be like a new experience as well”.
With the possibility of fighting twice in one night, does this impact your training at all?
“My training is going to be pretty much the same, am still going to focus on getting sharp as always, work on my cardio, but maybe just double the work on everything this time”.
You have three possible opponents for your first match up on the night. Have you had chance to see any footage of any of them and is there anyone who stands out in particular?
“I haven’t had the chance to see any of them, not too bothered to be honest, I will take on whoever comes in first and deal with it, but I will try to look at some of their fights before the day, eventually”.
Obviously without knowing who you will be facing it could be hard to put a game plan together. Is that hard at all not knowing who will be stood across the ring from you?
“I hardly ever known who am fighting till the last day, so am used to not knowing my opponents, as my coach, Daniel Sam, says ‘am fighting myself, doesn’t matter who they put in front of me, am still going to fight them, and put my training and work into action’.”
How much would it mean to you to win the tournament?
“Winning this tournament would definitely be big boost for me as a fighter, open new doors and opportunities”.
How good is it to get the opportunity to showcase your skills to a new fan base?
“I live in the UK, but am always in front of a new crowd, so its always a good experience to get that different vibe from different crowds”.
For anyone who hasn’t seen you compete before, what can they expect from you?
“They can expect fast paced fights, with skills and excitement”.
Looking back on 2014 so far how much do you feel you have grown as a competitor?
“This year hasn’t been very busy for me, so this tournament is a big event for me, which is why am going in to win, and hopefully bring new things next year”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Definitely give a big thanks to my coach, Daniel Sam, my training and home academy in east London, fight for peace, and (ffp family)”.