Hardy is eager to pick up some momentum in his performances after stopping Andy Dent in May at Rise and Conquer 10. The (4-2) fighter reflected on his most recent outing, team morale at TFT, and much more.
Ahead of October 1st, we spoke with Jack Hardy before he makes the walk. Read the full interview below.
Interview With Jack Hardy
Firstly, thanks for the time, Jack. Greatly appreciated. Fight night is on the horizon. I believe this will be your eighth walk to the Octagon as an amateur. Is it second nature by this point, or do you still go through all the different emotions in the lead-up?
Thanks for getting in touch. Yeah, this will be my eighth fight in October. I wouldn’t say it was second nature as of yet, but the more experience iv got over the last few years and the improvements I know iv added to my game, mentally and physically, have definitely helped me a great deal in the lead-up to fights.
You were among the action on Rise and Conquer’s latest show. Before that, your last win came in 2018. How much of a relief was it to find yourself back in the win column over Andy Dent? Were you completely satisfied with your performance?
Yeah, it was massive for me to get that win back and to also get the finish was satisfying as, like you said, my last few fights hadn’t gone my way, a couple of close fights that I lost and drawn that I felt could have gone my way, but I learned loads from their experiences, and it just helped me improve my game. I was definitely satisfied with my last fight, but I know their loads of areas I could have improved on and silly little mistakes made.
Jack Hardy Talks TFT Team Morale
TFT is in a great place at the moment. What Fisher has done is expectational. What’s the team morale like in the gym with everyone preparing to compete, in essentially what is the team’s home show?
Yeah, I love competing on Rise and Conquer as, as you said, it’s our home show, a lot of the guys training there look to fight on the card, and it’s good to be in that little fight bubble with them where everybody is looking to get better, constantly keeping standards high, and that’s the environment you need to be in if you want to win fights.
Let the audience know your goals at the minute. What’s your mindset like in that aspect? Could the pro-circuit be on the horizon soon, or are you in no rush?
So at the minute, I’m just focused on the task ahead and getting the win on October 1st. Fisher is the person that will tell me when I’m ready to go pro. I just need to keep winning fights, and when the time is right il be ready.
Jorra Gill is the man that stands across from you on October 1st. How are you looking at the matchup from a stylistic standpoint? Is this a favourable matchup for you, do you feel?
I think Jorra is a tough opponent. He mixes his stuff up pretty well, got power in his hands and trains hard. I also know what I bring to the table, and I’m always coming to win.
When your head hits the pillow at night, you play each scenario in your head of the fight. What scenario plays over and over? How do you get it done?
Iv had multiple scenarios in my head before sleep, haha. I’m always the guy that’s getting his hand raised at the end, so that’s all I’m looking for. If the finish is there, take it. If it’s not, then look to dominate.
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