Punch up promotions presents fight night 8 on Saturday 11th April, live from Wolverhampton and making his debut on the night is Chris Salter.
On the card Chris will take on James Prenderville and is confident in himself heading into the fight, especially as he has had some excellent coaching leading up to the debut. He has also worked tremendously hard in his prepartions and cannot wait to get in there to test himself.
It’s less than a week to go until the event and Chris kindly took the time out to answer my questions.
Hi Chris, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. I wanted to start by looking ahead to Fight Night 8. How much do you know about the promotion?
“Alright mate, thanks for the opportunity. Punch Up Promotions is a great event, I’ve been involved in every one of the Fight Night instalments in one way or another through either being in the crowd supporting team mates and I was also the DJ at Fight Night 7, but this is the first time I will be inside the cage though”.
On the night you take on James Prenderville. Have you had the chance to see his last fight and what are you expecting from him?
“I’ve seen all of James fights, I know he’s a good, game, lad but I don’t expect him to surprise me with anything as I feel prepared in every single area. I’m looking forward to testing myself against him”.
Where do you feel you will have the advantage, without giving too much away obviously.
“I feel like I will have the advantage in all areas, striking, wrestling and grappling. I’m not going into the fight with a specific game plan, but I will be comfortable no matter where we are”.
Have you competed before? If yes, what did you take from the experience?
“This is actually my debut fight, but I have had experience through grappling competitions and MMA interclubs so far which have been positive experiences. After the competitions/interclubs I have done, I have been able to reflect on things I did good and things that weren’t so good which has enabled me to improve in the gym.
I’m looking forward to showing off a much improved version of myself on Fight Night 8″.
Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and how much does that support mean to you?
“I’ve sold a decent amount of tickets for the fight, so I’m imaging it will get quite loud with some extra encouragement coming my way from my family and friends.
It means a lot to me that people are coming along to support me as getting into the cage has been a goal of mine for a while now”.
Do you have a message for anyone coming to watch you?
“Thanks to everyone that has bought a ticket, your support is greatly appreciated and you won’t be disappointed”.
One part of the sport which some people dont utilise is the psychology and mental game. How do you prepare yourself mentally for a fight?
“The mental side of the game can be massive, throughout fight camp as everyone does I’ve experienced highs and lows but I feel the closer we get to April 11th the stronger I get not only physically but mentally too.
I’ve prepared myself mentally by training as hard as I can, I couldn’t have done any more in the gym so there is no doubt in my mind I’ll be bringing the W home”.
You train with a fantastic team. Who are some of the bigger influences at the gym, who have helped you so far in your career?
“At Wolverhampton MMA we are like a family, so every member of the team inspires me one way or another. A massive influence for me has been Nick Fadiora who helped me get into MMA and actually start training, Also my coach Dan Korbely who has put time and effort into helping me develop my game. Top Man”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“I would like to thank all of the guys from the gym, my sponsor (AD-ID INK Tattoo Studio) and everyone who has bought tickets to come and support me.
Finally id like to thank my partner & children, who have put up with me throughout fight camp (couldn’t have been easy lol) and also encouraged and motivated me day in and day out”.