Professional MMA fighter, Ieuan Davies, has reassured fans that his upcoming lightweight contest will be a crowd-pleaser as he faces Simeon Otley at Full Contact Contender 28 on March 5th.
Ieuan Davies will be one of many among the action on the night and will be eager on picking up where he left off in the back end of 2021. Davies finished the year with a memorable professional debut finishing Liam Delsol within forty seconds of round one.
Athletes from across the country will be making their way to the Bolton Arena on March 5th in the hope of stealing the show.
I had the opportunity of speaking with the lightweight fighter, Ieuan Davies, ahead of his second professional bout.
Interview With Ieuan Davies
Two weeks out from your second professional fight under Full Contact Contender. How have things been for you since your memorable pro-debut? How long did it take for the adrenaline to wear off after that impressive performance?
Things have been great, training going well and improving as an athlete overall. I stayed on a high for a few days, although that fight landed perfectly with the Christmas break, so it was an extra special Christmas.
You were obviously happy with FCC last time round if you are returning to perform on the show. How was the whole experience of competing on the show?
Great experience overall, it’s a well-recognised show in the North West, and the Teh’s do a great job on each show.
We only got a short glimpse of you in your debut matchup with Liam Delsol. Obviously, a quick finish is a dream. But, would you have liked to showcase more of your skill-set, and is that something you’re looking to do on March 5th?
I always think about going into a fight and getting 15 minutes under my belt. I know I am more than fit enough to go the distance. That’s never a question I have to ask myself. I feel that my amateur career showcased that I am an all-rounder and happy anywhere in the octagon, and I will continue to show this as a professional.
I see you’ve been putting in work with a strength and conditioning coach. Since turning pro, is that something you’ve done, and how beneficial do you feel adding that into your training routine?
I have always done S&C, but since turning pro and relocating, I have found Michael Weetman a great addition to the team. He can see what we’re working towards and compliments my training perfectly. I always look to improve in all areas, which can only benefit my performance when competing.
Transitioning to the Pro Ranks
Has the transition to the pro-ranks been easy enough for you? Do you feel anything has changed since the amateur circuit?
Nothing has changed. I was only ever an amateur by ruleset, I have always treated the sport and my training like a professional should.
Many put the “prospect” tag on you after seeing what you accomplished in your amateur career until now. Do you feel pressure to always perform for people who are touting you as the next big thing, or do you welcome that?
I welcome it, and it doesn’t add additional stress as I know what we are capable of as a team. I appreciate that people see where I’m going.
Your career thus far has been squeaky clean, minus the one loss at another. What do you feel’s going right for you? Is it the mindset, the skill-set, the coaching? What would you put your current success down to?
All three of those work in unison. I am focused and determined, work hard to build my arsenal, and have the best coach in Tom Blackledge.
You will meet Simon Ottley on the night. Tell me, what do you know about your opponent, and how do you feel you match up against him?
I feel like it’s a fight not to be missed and a crowd pleaser.
Featured image credits to Ieuan Davies