Michael Tranter is on the hunt for his third amateur welterweight title ahead of his clash with Will Drewitt at Golden Ticket Fight Promotions 20 on Sept. 3.
Golden Ticket returns for the second time this year as they make the K.K Steelmill in Wolverhampton their home for the evening. Eighteen fights in total are scheduled to go down, including both professional and amateur action.
Tranter, who stands at (5-0) in his short amateur career, began competing in MMA towards the back end of 2021, which is a testament to his skill-set already having attained two amateur titles.
We had the pleasure of speaking with the welterweight fighter ahead of his matchup next weekend. Read the full exclusive interview below.
Interview With Michael Tranter
Fight night is upon us as you look to keep that undefeated record intact. How important is it for you at this level to keep that loss column at zero, and is that something that’s on your mind leading into these fights?
Honestly, it’s not something that I really think about. I have no fear of losing. I just enjoy fighting, winning, losing or drawing. If I win, it is a perk. If I lose, it isn’t a big deal. I’m young and have plenty of time to improve.
Your last outing saw you attain the Battle Arena welterweight title. Talk through that fight and how you felt it went overall?
I think I did well, managed to win all rounds and despite being rocked by an illegal punch and some good boxing in the third, got the finish. I used my wrestling as much as possible in this fight to try and minimise any injuries as I wanted to get straight back into camp for this upcoming fight.
Michael Tranter Talks Belt Collecting
It seems like you are just collecting belts for fun at this stage as you approach another title fight on Sept. 3. What would it mean to you to put your hands on the GTFP welterweight title and defeat Will Drewitt?
It would be great to get this next belt. I’d be a young, triple, British amateur champ. But at the end of the day, it is the fight I’m looking forward to and focusing on, not the reward.
Is it fair to say Will is your toughest test to date? How do you feel your skills match up against one another?
I won’t be sure if he is my toughest opponent until the fight is over, and I haven’t watched any footage as it’s not something I’ve needed to do for previous fights. I and my coach Dan Korbely, just focus on improving skills and techniques rather than tailoring a game plan to beat one guy.
What do you feel Will will bring to the table that you’ve not encountered before? Is there anything you’ve seen in his came that you feel you really need to be careful of?
All I know about him is that he has a good record, more fights than me, and won’t be any walkover, but it’s been the same case with the majority of my past opponents.
What do you need to do without giving much away to ensure you walk away the new GTFP amateur welterweight champion?
To win this fight, I’ll just do what I do every time and fight as I fight. I’ll use my fight IQ to make the correct decisions, keep my hands up and be me.
Many fighters take losses and have lots to go back to the drawing board with. However, you’re consistently winning. How do you identify what you need to go work on when you’re getting the results?
My coach Dan Korbely knows my strengths and weaknesses just by watching my fights and training with me. He gives me things to focus on, and I work hard to do as he says in live rounds. At Wolves MMA, we train hard but consistently return to the basics. If it weren’t for my coach, I wouldn’t be improving.
Sell this fight to the fans. What can we expect, and why should we watch?
Every time I’m in the cage, you can expect pressure. Pressure fighters like me manage to make fights entertaining, and this one will be no different. I’m not looking to win by decision.
Lastly, can we get an official fight prediction from you? How does Mikey Tranter and Will Dewitt unfold?
My prediction is that this fight ends with me getting my hand raised. It doesn’t matter how and it doesn’t matter when. I’m excited and can’t wait to get in there.
Featured image credits to Shaun Mint