Punch Up Promotions presents Fight Night 8 on Saturday 11th April 2015 and making his Amateur MMA debut is Ryan Read.
Ryan has been preparing hard for his debut fight and is confident in his skills and coming out on top on the night. With a cracking team behind him, and white collar experience, Ryan is in the best position to put all the hardwork into practice and come out with his hand raised.
The countdown is on to Fight Night 8 and in the build up, Ryan kindly took some time out to answer my questions.
Hi Ryan, thanks for taking the time out to answer my questions. I wanted to start by looking ahead to Punch up Promotions Fight Night 8. How much do you know about the promotion?
“No problem, thanks for the opportunity. I actually attended fight night 7, watching one of my teammates. It seemed a good, well run, event, with a good atmosphere and some high level martial arts on display, plus halfway through my camp my original opponent dropped out, and before I even knew it the event organisers had rematched me, so i’m very happy to be fighting on this card”.
How much are you looking forward to being able to showcase your skills on the night?
“I think with this sport, constantly learning day to day in the gym, its going to be a good feeling to finally get out there and have fun.
At the gym we’ve all spent months grinding towards the victory, and these last few weeks everything is falling into place sparring wise, both on the ground and on the feet”.
You take on Steve Natali. Have you managed to find out much about your opponent or are you focusing more on implementing your own strategy?
“Nope, me and my coach Gavin Smith, really don’t care who I’m fighting at this stage. I know he’s got two arms, two legs and a chin, one of them is going to be broken”.
Do you think this will be one of the toughest match ups you’ve had?
“This is my amateur debut, but I’ve fought twice in white collar events, both times against heavier opponents which was a great experience. But I am looking forward to fighting someone my own weight and stopping him as well”.
Where do you feel you will be stronger in the match up?
“Without trying to be cliché, I feel comfortable wherever I take the fight. If I decide to take him to the ground, I will submit him, if I keep it standing, I’ll knock him out”.
Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and what does that support mean to you?
“Its nice to have a lot of support, luckily in my previous fights I’ve had plenty, but when I’m in the cage I only hear the coaches, so it doesn’t bother me too much, the people that can make it will and I’m grateful for each one that does”.
Looking back on your time in the sport so far, what are some of the biggest things you have taken?
“It’s two fold to be honest, firstly, everyone always wants to prove they’re tough on the street, because they don’t fight in the gym, but if you train and spend hours working hard everyday, becoming the best version of yourself as a mixed martial artist then for me, why would I fight in the street? I’m too tired from training for that!
Secondly when we’ve all had a hard sparring session or spent hours choking, and bending each other’s limbs at the gym, we all laugh and take the piss out of each other, it’s what training should be”.
And finally, who have been some of the bigger influences on your development at the gym and is there anybody you would like to thank?
“Yeah of course. Stephen Connor is fighting on the same card as me, so it will be good to have two victories for the gym in one night, first round KO I think!
Pepe Malone is so good technically, stand up and on the ground, he’s great to learn from; everyone at the gym who has helped me prepare and taken me into their gym as one of their own, massive thank you.
Corin and Tristan Smith, youth national champs and world champions in BJJ, it’s not bad to have them knocking about everyday.
Again thank you to Gavin and his wife Sam smith, wouldn’t be a gym without them. Thank you”.