Cage Warriors is back this weekend hosting a trilogy of events. Jamie Richardson will be headlining Cage Warriors 120 against promotional newcomer Kent Kauppinen in a middleweight bout on Thursday 18th of March.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jamie Richardson as he prepares for the second main-event in his CW career.
Jamie Richardson vs Kent Kauppinen Preview
Jamie “Young Gun” Richardson (9-6, 5-3 CW) is looking to avenge his last defeat after losing his shot of becoming a middleweight champion, due to being knocked out in the third round by Nathias Frederick.
The Englishman has been an impressive talent in the promotion after knocking out four of his five opponents. Richardson will be looking to get his title charge back on track with a victory over Kauppinen.
Kent Kauppinen (12-6, 0-0 CW) makes his CW debut this weekend against Richardson. It will be his first bout since September 2020, where he lost via a unanimous decision to Will Fleury.
The 29-year-old started his professional MMA career in 2009, and between May 2018 and June 2019, he tested himself out in the boxing world. He competed in 19 fights over the 13 months, only coming away with five victories.
Interview with Jamie Richardson
It’s been around three months since your last fight, how much are you looking forward to getting back in there and competing? Also, do you have any nerves before the fight?
Jamie Richardson – “I can’t wait to get back in the cage, I love fighting and love a challenge. Everyone has nerves but they are thinning as my career goes on.”
Your last fight was a loss in your first title fight in CW, how did you take the defeat?
Jamie Richardson – “I took the defeat very well, I was straight back in the gym training for the next one, you can’t sit and cry about it.”
How does it feel to compete without a crowd in the arena?
Jamie Richardson – “It feels weird, but also better in some ways because you can hear everything going on.”
Your second main event in CW, do you get a different buzz with fighting in the main event?
Jamie Richardson – “It is a pleasure to be the main event for such a great organisation like Cage Warriors, so I’m going to look to entertain.”
You knocked out your first opponent Alex Thorne in CW, how did that feel?
Jamie Richardson – It felt amazing getting a first-round KO. in my first cage warriors fight. It felt like I rose to the occasion.”
It’s your opponents first bout in CW, do you know much about him and do you have any predictions for the fight?
Jamie Richardson – “I’ve watched him and he’s fought some very good guys, I predict a win from me but you never know how the fight is going to go.”
You’re still only 25, do you feel you haven’t hit your prime yet or do you have any aspirations for the future?
Jamie Richardson – Being only 25, I feel like I still have a lot of growing to do and learning, I’m always learning. I feel the next 10 years are where you will really see me shine as a fighter.
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