Amateur bantamweight fighter Adam Butterworth is anticipating a stoppage victory this Saturday at Almighty Fighting Championship 28 in Barnsley.
Butterworth squares off with Jack Humphries for the Almighty Fighting Championship amateur bantamweight title, following his success four months ago.
The Metrodome in Barnsley will host a variety of professional fights and amateur fights, and Butterworth is looking to steal the show. We had the pleasure of speaking with him before he made the walk to get his thoughts on his BMF tournament win, prepping for one opponent, and the task at hand in Jack Humphries.
I have to ask about the unique story behind you competing and winning the BMF tournament after not even being scheduled to compete. I imagine that’s a great story to have locked away for the future?
Well, for the tournament, I was scheduled to fight Cameron Chamberlain as an alternate, but a week out, someone pulled out of the tournament, and there was a pick out of a hat for who would go in, either Cameron or me, and it was Cameron. So I was given a new opponent, but a few days out from the fight, another person pulled out from the tournament, meaning I was put straight into it, which I was pleased about as I wanted to compete in the tournament. I felt I could win it, which I did.
Adam Butterworth Talks BMF Tournament
Despite being out for some time, and stepping head-first into a tournament. Just talk to me about the experience as a whole and how you felt in there on the day?
Despite being out for some time, I never stopped training, so I spent that time just getting better. Competing in the tournament was a crazy experience. I had to balance my energy levels in the first fight and negate taking damage to try to be as fresh as possible for the second fight, which I managed to do successfully. The wait between the first fight and my second one was the most challenging bit, as there was a 6-hour wait between fights, but it was worth it in the end to win the tournament.
In the tournament, you hadn’t prepped for a specific opponent, and it was just go in there and do you. Do you feel a sense of comfort with your upcoming fight having had time to prepare for a certain style that Jack Humphries brings to the table?
It certainly is easier to just prep for one opponent, and also that I only have to fight once in the night.
Having some time to look back at Jack’s previous fights, what are your thoughts? Are you impressed, or do you see a handful of holes you feel you can capitalise on?
He seems to have a well-rounded game and has just come off a good win in a tournament setting similar to mine, but I feel my skill set will be better than his on the night.
The experience factor is HEAVILY in your favour leading into this one. Do you look into that much or expect that factor to play any part in the fight?
I feel the experience factor could play a role in this fight. I have experience fighting in five-round fights before and dealing with being one of the last fighters to fight on the card.
Assuming your looking to make up for the lost time. All goes well on fight night, and you’re free of any injuries. Will you be looking to get back in there before the year ends? Have you mapped out an end-of-year plan?
I’m definitely looking at fighting again this year. I plan on winning the belt and then defending it before the end of the year with the plan of turning professional next year.
Almighty FC is one of the countries most well-respected and established promotions in the UK scene. What would it mean to you to attain the bantamweight title on August 20th?
It would mean so much to get my hand raised on the night and get that belt around my waist.
Lastly, can we get an official fight prediction? How does Adam Butterworth get it done in Barnsley?
I’m in the best shape of my life, currently ready to go five rounds. My pressure will be too much in the later rounds, and I’ll get a finish later on into the fight.
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