This weekend see’s British Fight League host their second event in Gainsborough and taking to the cage on the night is Katie Brownless.
Katie was involved in the first show last August, when she got into the cage for the first time and took part in a demo fight with Michelle Page. It was a great experience for her, which she took a lot from, and is now looking ahead to stepping back in there opposite Laurelle Hodgetts.
With the event just a few days away, I caught up with Katie to get her thoughts.
Thank you for taking the time out to answer my questions Katie. I wanted to start by going back to the last time I saw you inside the cage, which was BFL 1 when you had an exhibition bout with Michelle Page. Looking back on that, how much did you take from the experience?
“Looking back to my experience to BFL 1 I was glad my first time stepping into the ring was with Michelle, as it gave me a chance to see how it feels and what it’s like to get in there. I did take a lot from the experience and it made me realise how much time and effort you need to put into the sport”.
How did you find competing in front of people, instead of just inside the gym. I can imagine it being a nerve racking, but really fun experience.
“I found competing in the ring really nerve racking but that was my first ever time getting in there, it was hard as you have so much pressure on you and everyone is watching but it’s on a different wave length to just sparring in the gym”.
Since then have you had the chance to compete and how much do you feel you have come on in the gym?
“Since BFL I’ve had the chance to do an inter-club fight which was a few weeks ago that didn’t go to plan but my experience from that fight has made me train even harder for BFL and I’ve seen my fitness levels improve so much. I haven’t found it exactly easy but then again no one said it was going to be easy. And I can only accept the negative experience and turn it into a positive one”.
Speaking of your team, who have been some of the bigger influences on your development so far?
“My team mates and coach have influenced me”.
Next up its BFL 2, which everyone is glad is coming back for a second show. How much are you looking forward to the show and getting the chance to compete again?
“I am really looking forward to the chance to compete again and showing everyone how much I’ve improved”.
On the night you take on Laurelle Hodgetts. Have you had chance to find out much about her?
“I have heard some things about Laurelle but at the end of the day you don’t know what will happen inside of the cage it could be totally different to what I’ve heard so I don’t tend to think about it”.
When I watch K1 I find it so exciting, yet hard to keep up with. Do you go in there with a game plan, or do you just feel it out and see what happens?
“I do have a game plan but like I’ve said it might not work due to the fact you don’t know what will happen inside of the cage and if it doesn’t work then it’s not the end of the world”.
Are you hoping to have a bit of support and how much does that mean to you?
“I do have a lot of support coming to BFL to watch me and team mates, it does mean a lot to me as you need all the support you can get”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“I would like to say a massive thank you to Dan Gibbon for putting up with me and helping me train and improve. He has been there every step of the way with my training and has been there for me these last few months”.