This weekend Combat Challenge branches to the North East and hosts their first show in Hartlepool, with the main event featuring professional Perry Goodwin.
Perry has only just started on his professional journey, but has been involved in the sport for many years and put together one hell of a record as an amateur, taking on some of the best around.
His test this weekend comes in the form of Norway’s Tommy Claussen and ahead of the fight Perry took some time out to answer my questions.
Hi Perry, thanks for taking the time out to answer my questions. I wanted to start by asking about 2014 which has seen you turn professional. Firstly what was it that made you want to turn professional and would you say you there any added pressure now you have the ‘pro’ tag.
“I think I did everything I needed to do as a semi-pro. I’ve had titles, beaten some top guys, been beaten and been in wars. As for 2014, I now work offshore witch means fitness and lifting for two weeks and then two weeks of hard work and privates with top guys. I love it”.
Looking back on your debut, how do you feel you performed and did you take anything away from the event?
“My debut as a pro I fought a top guy, someone who fights top 10 – 20 in the UK, so I made a mistake and he took my arm home. This will not happen again, I promise”.
I see that you gained so much experience as an amateur, taking on and defeating some very tough and well known guys. Looking back on your amateur career, are there any personal highlights you have?
“As for personal highlights, the Anas Siraj Mounir fight. Although I lost, we were first amateur fight to get fight of the fight over the pros and I loved it, was a war”.
Next up Combat Challenge comes to the North East. How much do you know about the promotion and how much are you looking forward to a great MMA show heading to Hartlepool?
“Can’t wait to fight at home or close to home. It will be a good show, that will only get stronger”.
On the night you are the headline match up. How does it feel to get the opportunity to headline the first show?
“It’s where I should be. I’m up there, I’m a show man and I go to war. I need to headline that’s just the way it is, that’s life, and I’m the top of the food chain”.
Your opponent on the night is Tommy Claussen of Norway, who is undefeated as a professional. How much do you know or have found out about Tommy and what challenges could you see him posing, if any?
“None. I’m a fighter, not an athlete, and I’m a warrior. I will fight any man”.
How good of an opportunity do you feel it is to take on a strong European opponent and what do you feel a win would do for you?
“It’s a good opportunity to prove myself, as for what it will do show: everyone knows how tough I am”.
Where do you feel you will be stronger on the night?
” I will be stronger everywhere, I’m just a nasty motherf**ker”.
You will be the home favourite in this one. Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and how much does that support mean to you?
“I hope to have support and my friends there but only person that matters on that night is me”.
Having that support and being the favourite will make for an intimidating factor for your opponent. Do you feel that could give you an advantage before you even touch gloves on the night?
“No one else matters but me on that night, only person in his head his me and when my elbow is in his face he won’t worry about my fans I know that much”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“I would like to thank my Mam, Dad, Jodie my girlfriend, Nathan Boyce my striking coach and Michael Sudron my wrestling coach and all the guys I train with. Boom”.