Ahead of his Cage Warriors 146 bout. We managed to speak with Reece McEwan about his upcoming bout and the change in opponent. Originally facing Adam Wilson at the event the fight has fallen through for the second time. Stepping in to take on McEwan will be Italy’s Teodoro Scolieri.
Here is what Reece McEwan had to say on the matter.
Reece McEwan Interview
– When did you find out about Adam Wilson withdrawing, what were your initial thoughts, was there any doubt of you not fighting?
I found out Monday night before my evening session. I wasn’t surprised as it’s a combat sport and we all get injured, I was just gutted and lacked optimism that I’d get a replacement. But cage warriors and sucker punch thankfully pulled through!
– This has marked the second time a fight with Adam has fallen through. Is it a fight you’re desperate to get back, or are you happy to move on?
I’m just focused on working my way through who Cage Warriors think is best for me. Fights will always fall through, in the most respectful way possible I don’t care about anyone else. I am on my own journey and that’s straight to the belt.
– When your new opponent Teodoro Scolieri was put on the table by Cage Warriors, what were your and your team’s first thoughts, and how did you know it was the correct decision to accept?
I was ecstatic, to be honest, I had a spring in my step haha. I just had to pass it by my coaches and manager and literally, a few minutes later it was accepted. I’m always going to say yes to a fight, but I’d never accept one without the green light from my manager and coaches.
– How much does the late opponent switch affect the last few weeks of your preparations? Will you focus much on the opposition this late on, or is it just tunnel vision and focusing on your own skill set and what you bring to the Octagon on Nov. 12?
My preparations don’t change. Every day & session just try to be a better version of myself. We had a look at his fights and I am fully focused on fighting my best fight, playing to my strengths and avoiding his strengths.
– Have you had the chance to watch any of Teodoro Scolieri’s game to identify his strengths or weaknesses? Any instant thoughts on him as an opponent?
– Many fighters aren’t keen to accept last-minute fights especially after preparing for a different name for the last 8+ weeks. Was it an easy decision for you to showcase to Cage Warriors that you’re easy to work with and will still show up on the date and compete regardless of the opposition?
100%. I wanted a match-up and a fight, at the end of the day it would’ve been deflating not getting a result for all my hard work since my last fight. Looking to end this year on a high, 3 in a row!
Featured image credits to Dolly Crew