Harry Brereton made his professional debut in 2014 and is preparing himself to step back into the cage for the first time this weekend at Animalistic MMA in Preston.
Even though he hasn’t had chance to compete so far this year, he has been hard at work in the gym and is focused and ready to get back into the cage and show just how much he has developed.
With a few days to go until the event, I caught up with Harry to get his thoughts on his pro debut last year and his return this weekend.
Thanks again for your time Harry. I wanted to start by looking back on your pro debut at BCMMA 8 last year. Unfortunately you didn’t get the victory, but having had chance to look back on that match up, how do you feel you performed on the night?
“I wasn’t happy with my performance that night. I didn’t really react to the situation and got a loss because of it”.
Was there anything that surprised you about your opponent on the night?
“Yeah a little; I expected him to be more of a brawler yet he came out with a strong wrestling game and implemented it really well”.
BCMMA are a terrific show, how did you find competing on their card?
“BCMMA was fantastic. It was very professionally run and I really appreciated the opportunity to fight on their card and hope to do it again someday”.
Have you had chance to compete since then and how do you feel you have developed in 2015 so far?
“I haven’t unfortunately. I have been looking for fights constantly but it is difficult living on the isle of man so I am very grateful for any chance I get. I’m always training and feel I have developed immensely so I hope that shows on Saturday”.
You next compete on the Animalistic card in Preston. How much are you looking forward to getting back in there?
“I am over the moon about it. Like I said I’ve been dying to fight for a while, so I can’t wait for this”.
On the night you take on Ryan Kay, who is 1-1 as a pro. Have you had chance to see much of him in action and what are you expecting?
“I haven’t seen a lot of him to be honest. I’m just going to go in there and force my game and see what happens. Hopefully it will be a good fight”.
One thing which you both will have done is improved behind closed doors. Does this make it easier or harder preparing for your opponent as he will have improved since his last bout?
“A bit of both. Obviously you want to analyse your opponent and work out a game plan but at the same time you can do too much of that and build things up too much”.
Do you have any more specific aims for 2015?
“I want to fight as much as possible. The more experience, the better”.
And finally, is there anyone you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“As always my coaches Andrew Lawrence and Ben Corkish and all my training partners, especially Niayl Jones and Olly Dunne. Last but not least my fiance for being so supportive and understanding”.