Cagewarriors 47 was an amazing show. Great to be a part of it. I won’t say too much – here’s the video of my fight, and hopefully it speaks for itself.
As for my performance, there was some good stuff, and some not so good. As a perfectionist, I tend to focus on the mistakes I made and the things that could or should have been done better. It’s a never ending task. There’s still plenty to work on!
I’m also very aware that I couldn’t have done this alone. Every time I make a decision to take a fight, I’m not just making that decision for myself. It affects everyone in my life – my family, friends, coaches, team mates, sponsors, everyone who I rely on to get through the training camp and the fight itself. It’s the help, generosity and sacrifice of all these people behind the scenes that enables me to do what I do. The opportunity to compete at this level is a gift that I’m grateful for, and not something that I’ll ever take for granted.
So thank you to:
All my coaches – Paul Rimmer, Danny Withington and Pete Irving, for cornering me for the fight and for all the work they’ve put in with me over the previous weeks, months and years. On a technical level they’re superb; but they’ve also been there as friends to help me through the low points of the training camp – the inevitable injuries, personal crises, and all the times when I found myself wondering why the hell I’m doing this!
Sean and Z at Strength and Performance gym for getting me in amazing shape for this fight. They’ve done a great job!
Thanks also to Karl Ryan, Mo Haghighatdoust, Steve Campbell for their valuable coaching. Also to David Sutton for his input and advice.
My team at Next Generation Liverpool, who are all amazing. It’s a great environment to train in, so many talented guys there all supporting each other. Thanks also to everyone else who’s helped me out with training or sparring for this fight!
Tim and Lynne at Global Therapies, fantastic sports massage therapists. Tim in particular has done a great job of keeping me together through the fight camp.
Dr John Morgan, who’s a GP, sports medicine specialist and all round nice guy. He went out of his way to help me out when I ran into a few issues during the training camp. As an athlete, having a doctor who loves sport, understands what you need to be able to do and wants to help you achieve these goals is absolutely invaluable.
James Barraclough, a sports psychologist who I’ve been working with since 2005. This fight and training camp have been tough for me in many ways, and James’ input has helped a lot.
All the team at Cagewarriors for putting on such a fantastic show. I’ve fought for all over the world, and I can honestly say that in terms of professionalism and the lengths they go to to look after their fighters, Cagewarriors are among the best of the best.
To all my friends, for everything you do – whether giving moral support, sorting things out for me, helping with childcare or buying me coffee.
And most of all, to Matt, who puts up with more than most people can understand every time I fight.
These people all share any credit for my performance. The mistakes, of course, are all my own!