In seven days time Punch Up Promotions presents Fight Night 8, live in Wolverhampton, and competing on the card is Ashley Walters.
Ashley trains out of Focus MMA and is focused on his fight on the night, which see’s him take on James Everitt in a very exciting match up.
Punch Up Promotions are well run events and Ashley knows first hand what a good night they are and in anticipation for the show next week I caught up with him to get his thoughts.
Thanks for your time. I wanted to start by looking ahead to Punch Up Promotions. How much do you know about the show?
“A lot actually, from going to watch teammates fight on the cards to competing on the show myself. It’s a great atmosphere and Dan Korbely puts on a top show”.
Your opponent on the show is James Everitt. Have you had chance to see him fight and what do you make to him as an opponent?
“No I haven’t seen him fight although I’ve heard things about him from others and I think he’ll be a good opponent”.
Obviously the more you spend in the gym, the more you develop, so you wont know fully what James will bring. Does this make it easier preparing, just focusing on yourself and your strengths?
“Well no, if what others say is true then we’ll see. I won’t know until the fight to be sure but until then I not worried, just training hard and focusing what I’m going to do is what matters to me”.
Where do you feel you will be stronger on the night?
“I’d say I’m well rounded, but in a sport like this a lot of things happen, you’ll just have to see on the night”.
Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and what does that support mean to you?
“That depends on how many will come and watch, but it would mean a lot to me”.
Do you have a message for anyone coming to watch you compete?
“Just to expect a good fight as well as an enjoyable night of fights”.
Anything can happen in MMA. Does this influence the way you compete as some people just have one game plan and when that fails they seem lost.
“Well 50/50 most of the time but that depends on what happens”.
Looking back on your time training so far, who have been some of the bigger influences on your development?
“My Teammates at Focus MMA such as Lewis Wood who put me though drills and techniques in all areas and my head coach Nick Smith who has been for over seeing my development and giving good advice and others whether training or fighting”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Yes, I’d like to give a massive shout and thank you to my head coach Nick Smith and all my teammates at Focus MMA who’ve put me through my paces to help push me for this fight including Daniel Lunn who is also fighting on this card. And my family and friends for all the support they’ve given me, even though some of them might not be there to cheer me on but they probably are in spirit”.