On Saturday night Adam Spalding returns to action for the first time this year, as he takes on Jordan Garwood at BCMMA 15. Spalding comes in to the fight having picked up the biggest victory of his amateur career in his last time out at BCMMA12, where he defeated Damon Fisher by TKO in the first round. Ahead of his fight this weekend, we caught up with Adam to discuss his upcoming bout.
Heather: We last saw you in action at BCMMA 12 where you beat Damon Fisher by TKO. Talk us through your performance that night?
Spalding: Yeah, it was obviously a great result for me to pick up a win in the fashion I did. Going into the fight I knew it would be even, however, the perfect storm of him coming forward as I drove my knee in resulted in dropping him, and then I finished with some ground and pound.
Heather: You won that fight, as you mentioned, by TKO, would you say it was good for you to pick up that stoppage victory early in to your career? Now you know you can finish guys do you think you will be able to push on to the next level?
Spalding: Yes, 100%. To be honest, when I played the fight out in my head prior, I never even considered winning by KO or TKO. Now, coming into this one, I feel I have the ability to win in a few different fashions whether it be submission, KO, or decision.
Heather: Since that fight you’ve had a six month break, what have you been doing since that win?
Spalding: Well, a few weeks after that fight I graduated university with a degree in Sports & Exercise Science. So I felt before jumping into another fight I would get my work/life balance settled and find a routine of work and training. I have been training throughout the six months and I’d certainly like to think I have made improvements in a variety of different aspects of the sport. I continue to train at both Dynamo Muay Thai and BKK fighters, but I also added going to Suffolk Punch Boxing Club to add a different aspect to my game and continue to develop.
Heather: On Saturday night you are back fighting at BCMMA – this seems to be a home for you as a fighter. How does it feel to fight on a local show and get the home support?
Spalding: Yes, it’s great to fight on BCMMA for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s run very professionally and the majority of people involved also fight themselves, so they know what it’s like and do their best to make you feel comfortable. It’s a great venue and although I now live in Felixstowe, the majority of my family are from Colchester and the Essex area so I get great support from them.
Heather: You are fighting Jordan Garwood, what do you know about him and how do you think your skills match up with his?
Spalding: I know he comes from a gym that predominantly do kickboxing. I’ve watched his fights and have noticed a few things, but I wouldn’t want to give anything away.
Heather: For the fans that will be going to BCMMA 15 and haven’t seen you fight before, how would you describe yourself as a fighter, and what can they expect to see on fight night?
Spalding: I’d like to think I’m well rounded and have the ability to finish the fight anywhere, whether it be a KO, TKO, or submission.
BCMMA 15, as always, takes place at Colchester’s Charter Hall on Saturday night and is headlined by UFC vet John Maguire, who will be looking to make it three wins in a row as he takes on Vincent Del Guerra in a welterweight battle.