British Fight League’s second event takes place on Saturday evening and making his K1 debut on the night is Tommy Fagan.
Tommy will come into the match up with a lot of training experience behind him, including time in Phuket, Thailand, where he spent time developing his skills which will most certainly be on display this weekend when he takes on Nathan Riddle and ahead of the match up I caught up with him to get his thoughts.
Thanks for your time Tommy. I wanted to start by asking about your training in Phuket, Thailand. Which sounds an amazing experience, just how was it for you?
“Phuket was the Best experience of my life. I trained with amazing fighters and trainers and come away with more knowledge in Muay Thai”.
Phuket is known for being one of the best places to train. What are some of the main things you took from your time there?
“Being humble and respectful. Yes I learnt new skills and improved my fitness but I left a lot more humble and respectful”.
Do you feel that training out there has shown you just how far you could go in the sport?
“Yes I proved to myself that I could push myself to the point of no more and that the body is a lot stronger than I realised”.
Up next is BFL 2, a cracking show in Gainsborough. How much do you know about the event?
“I don’t know a great deal about the event. I know it’s being organised really well and that there’s some awesome fighters and will be some great bouts on”.
How much are you looking forward to getting out there and competing?
“Well it will be my debut fight. I’m really excited to finally get the chance to show people my skills but I’m a little nervous, I won’t lie”.
You take on Nathan Riddle on the night. Have you had chance to see anything of Nathan’s skills and what type of match are you anticipating?
“No I’ve not been looking or trying to find anything on Nathan. I’ve been training hard and I’m going to make sure I’ll be ready for everything”.
Without giving too much away, where do you feel you will be stronger on the night?
“I’m not going to do any talking now. I’ll do that in the ring”.
One thing about K1 is that it is so fast and there is no let for the competitors during the rounds. Does it all go by that quick for you when you are competing?
“I’ve not experienced what it’s like to be in a fight yet as this will be my debut but when training the rounds do go fast as its so fast paced”.
Another part which some people disregard in sport is the psychology. It can be quite mentally draining preparing for a fight and then getting in there. How do you prepare mentally for your match ups?
“Well for this fight I’ve just tried to keep a clear mind and no worry about what he’s going to do. I’ve been concentrating on what I’m going to do and training hard and eating well”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Id like to thank all my training partners who’ve pushed me and help improve my game. My friends and family who have supported me and a big thanks to Dan Gibbon, my trainer, who’s helped me improve my fighting skills and my technique dramatically”.