Kacper is looking to make a statement at Cage Warriors 142 this Saturday!
Kacper Zdunczyk, 22, is a Welterweight fighter fighting out of Lions Den MMA in Exeter. He currently holds an amateur record of 4-7 and faces off against Alex Gill (8-3), at Cage Warriors 142. The two previously met in 2019 and Kacper is looking to revenge for his previous loss.
We had the chance to talk to Kacper just before his weigh-in ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me today, Kacper. How’s camp been & how long did your camp last for this fight?
“Camps been good, got to train alongside James Wamsley for his title fight, so been getting good sparring in ahead of the fight. Been about six weeks expected to be fighting Ioan Thomas, but as he’s pulled out, I’ve managed to get a rematch with Alex booked, which has given me even more motivation to get that loss back from 2019 and to prove I’m a different fighter than back then.”
I bet that’s been nothing but beneficial for you! And kudos to you and Alex for keeping the fight alive on short notice. Did you contemplate rescheduling the fight with Ioan? Or were you ready to fight anyone?
“Yeah, props to Alex for jumping in. The same goal for me, though. I’ll fight anyone anywhere like I always have. I don’t intend on staying at amateur for very long after this fight, so I’m just looking at this fight. Nothing ahead just yet. This will be a tough fight, but it’s nothing I haven’t faced yet. I don’t have the best record at 4-7, but I don’t take easy fights, and like I said, being a different fighter, I expect this to go a different way. I’m 2-0 in my last two fights, and I expect to be 3-0 after tomorrow.”
How do you see the fight playing out Saturday? Have you and the Lions Den team worked out a specific game plan for the new opponent?
“The game plan is always to go in and smash him. I know he’ll look for the takedown as soon as the bell rings, so we’re working off that. I’m sure he’s improved since the last fight, but I’m looking to make a statement tomorrow and finish him.”
The Lions Den Team
This fight is on a big card, with lots of eyes and big names. People like Jack Shore and Brett Johns have made themselves through cards like this. Does that add any extra pressure going into this fight?
“It only adds anticipation for me to show how much I’ve improved not only skill-wise but mentally as well. This is a big opportunity for me to have lots of eyes on me which is why I intend to capitalize on it and get the win. Also, having the people that train with me at the den always pushing me gives you the ability to be confident for these big opportunities.”
You said you intend on going pro after this fight. What does the future hold for Kacper Zdunczyk? Where do you see your MMA career heading?
“I want to be the best version of myself; at the end of the day, you’re only against yourself in there. However, I will make waves in the pro ranks and go to the UFC, but it is one step at a time, so I’m not looking past my opponent at all and focusing on getting the job done tomorrow.”
Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me, Kacper. I know it was last minute, and you’re cutting etc. So I really appreciate it!
Kacper will fight on the amateur card of Cage Warriors 142 this Saturday. Best of luck to both men, and have fun out there!
Featured image credits to Cage Warriors Academy Wales