Professional fighter Tom Crosby envisions “Champ Champ” status by the end of 2022 ahead of his welterweight contest this Saturday against Dez Parker at Full Contact Contender 28.
Crosby has the opportunity to make that wish come true this weekend in the Bolton Arena when headlining the fight-card for the British FCC welterweight title. Last year was an incredibly active year for the thirty-four-year-old, who competed four times, going (2-1-1).
“The Viking” enters the contest with Parker riding a two-fight win streak and will be hopeful of continuing to build the momentum by securing the welterweight championship..
I had the opportunity to catch up with a well prepared Tom Crosby ahead of his main event bout.
Interview With Tom Crosby
Full Contact Contender is vastly approaching. How are you feeling physically and mentally two weeks out from your first battle of the new year?
I feel good. I can’t wait to get in there and have a good old tussle.
March 5th marks your first time competing on the FCC. Tell me, what do you know about the show already? How did this upcoming title fight come around, and how much time have you prepared for your opponent Dez Parker.
I was searching for a fight for March, and this came around. I actually know of the show already, having worked security there when it was FCC 24, and I can tell it is a really good professional show.
Before we talk about your upcoming title fight, you ended the year strong with two back-to-back victories on Caged Steel, as well as winning Gold at the British No-Gi Open. Can you sum up how you feel about your 2021 in terms of competition?
It was good to finish the year on a high. I got some good grapple results, and four MMA fights in.
Tom Crosby Talks Title Fight
As I stated, your upcoming fight on FCC will be for the welterweight title fight on March 5th. Has that impacted camp, training schedule or motivation in the lead up to the fight, or have you looked at this fight like any other?
No, we kept training camp very similar and trained very hard. Always good to get an opponent for a show to get camp motivated and focused.
Your opponent Dez Parker has been out for four years and is on a four-fight skid. For people who expect this to be a one-sided beatdown, you get your hand raised. Is it challenging to promote a fight that people expect you to win, purely because of Parker’s layoff and inconsistency as of late?
People who know of Dez and the MMA game know that this is a good match-up and will be a great fight.
What can people expect to see from Tom Crosby on March 5th?
As per usual, a good entertaining fight.
In preparation for Parker, his fight footage is outdated and inactive. Has this camp’s primary focus being on your own skill-set instead of worrying about his? What do you expect him to bring to the table on fight night?
Yes concentrated on my own game. I am expecting Dez to have a few tricks up his sleeve.
You win this fight. You move to (9-2-1). Your only two losses against great opposition. What goals do you have for the remainder of the year within MMA? Where can we expect to see Tom Crosby by the end of the year?
I will be the FCC champ and Caged Steel champ.
Featured image credits to Tom Crosby