Almighty Fighting Championship is back in business with promoter Ray Thompson hosting five shows to close the year. First up is an exceptional 26-bout fight card on August 7th from the Metrodome in Barnsley.
The fight card consists of must-see action throughout. Headlining the card on the night is Almighty FC veteran Jonny Brocklesby, who takes on the durable Richard Mearns in a lightweight contest. In the co-main event, Malta’s Matthew Camilleri looks to bounce back into the win column with a win over the experienced Dan Gibbon.
I spoke with flyweight Joe Fields as he prepares to make his fourth walk to the octagon as an amateur against Harry Kenworthy.
Joe Fields (2-1) is no stranger to the Almighty FC octagon, with all three amateur contests coming with the promotion. Fields made his amateur debut in 2018, defeating Luke Penberthy. Just four months later picking up his second consecutive victory when making short work of Cam Harrop within the first minute of the first round. The Englishmen’s last outing suffered in him tasting defeat for the first time in his career.
Harry Kenworthy (3-4) enters the Almighty octagon for the second time in his career and will be hoping that he has the same success he did at Almighty FC 16 when he picked up a unanimous decision win over Tom Senior. The Wales native’s last outing occurred in November of 2020, where he suffered defeat at the hands of Charlie Flanagan.
With both fighters looking to bounce back into the win column, this makes for a fun amateur contest.
Interview with Joe Fields
August 7. is upon us. You will take on Harry Kenworthy at Almighty FC 18. How has preparation been ahead of fight night and talk me through your weekly training schedule?
Fields – “I’ve been in camp for a while, splitting my week between training at Hit squad Hull and AVT. Preparation has been excellent. I usually train twice a day, morning, strength and conditioning, cardio, and evening training in Martial Arts.”
You’ve had a long period of inactivity, not helped by the global pandemic and restrictions in the country. How have you been keeping yourself healthy and in shape during the time away from the cage?
Fields – “During the pandemic, I was at University in Sheffield. Whilst there, I mainly focused on strength and conditioning and did a lot of lifting and callisthenics to get me in the best shape possible for my return to the cage. This being the reason I’ve moved up to bantamweight, as I’ve put on a few kgs. of lean muscle.”
All your amateur fights have taken place on Almighty, a show you seem to know well. Let’s roll back Almighty FC 14, where you suffered your first defeat. Talk to me about that, how did it make you feel, what was the emotions, did you evaluate what went wrong?
Fields – “With my first two fights being under 1 minute, I had virtually no experience, and it was almost like a debut for me, so I didn’t dwell on it. No one likes tasting defeat, but I took the positives away, and it gave me a few minor things to correct, which have made a substantial difference. You either win or learn in my eyes, and I will show what I’ve learned in my time away on August 7.”
The amateur circuit is where all the learning happens, the losses, the bad positions and the challenges to prepare you for the professional ranks. Do you and your team have a timeline you hope to reach to make that leap once you’ve built up the experience required, or are you looking to take it as it comes?
Fields – “MMA has so many variables. It’s hard to set out a timeline. My team and I have big aspirations for me, and we will achieve them. It’s just a matter of how fights play out. I’m an experienced martial artist, and my team and I will know when the time is right.”
Going into this bout, what would you say your most significant strengths are?
Fields – “As for strengths, I don’t see myself as a specialist (striker, wrestler or jiu-jitsu). I see myself more as a generalist, and I believe I’m strong in all areas and have polished some holes in my overall game, which will be evident on the 7th.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming matchup with Harry Kenworthy? How do you feel you match up stylistically with your opponent?
Fields – “I feel great. I believe I match up well. He’s slightly taller and longer, which I’m used to and like, and he’s a southpaw, which I also like. I’m prepared for anything he can bring to the table.”
For Almighty fans that will be attending for the first time and have never watched you compete. Sell it to us. What can we expect to see from Joe Fields in the octagon? Why should people buy tickets to watch?
Fields – “Anyone who’s not seen me fight before can expect fireworks, but this time they will only be on my side. I’m going to bring a fast pace and high pressure from the bell.”
Lastly, when you visualise this fight playing out. How do you see it going? Can I get an official prediction?
Fields – “As for predictions, I’ve visualised and even dreamed the fight playing out in many different ways. I don’t want to give any specifics away, but I believe ill finish him in the 1st or 2nd, but I’m prepared to go three hard gruelling rounds if needed.”
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