Almighty FC returns to the Olympia in Liverpool this weekend, with 22 fights in-store in one of Britain’s most exciting promotions.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Shawon Choudhury ahead of his bout against Connor Walsh for the amateur flyweight title.
Shawon Choudhury vs. Connor Walsh
Speaking with Choudhury ahead of Saturday’s matchup, he appears to be ready than ever before in his second appearance of the year.
“Honestly, I’m feeling amazing right now. I’ve put in all the hard work and done everything I can. I can’t wait to get in there and show the results of my and my team’s hard work,” Choudhury told OvertimeheroicsMMA.
Choudhury is currently (5-1) as an amateur, and he faces another tough and undefeated amateur at 125lbs for the vacant belt.
“Connor is good, he’s skilled and confident in himself, but I’m confident in my team and my own skills that I’ll be able to come out on top wherever the fight takes place. I think the fight will go all five rounds, but if there’s an opportunity for a finish, best believe I’m taking it. I mean, out of my five wins, I’ve had four finishes speaks for itself, really.”
Like the majority of fighters, training in the pandemic hasn’t been easy. For Choudhury, he’s been able to use the time to build his skill-set and become the fighter he feels he is today.
“Life inside the pandemic was good to me, alhamdulillah my family and I weren’t affected negatively by the pandemic, and I used the time to refresh and recover from all the niggles I had picked up. It allowed me to train and work on the things you don’t really have time to work on when your training non-stop, always preparing to compete.”
An Amateur in Almighty
Choudhury featured in Almighty’s last event back in August and came away with a second-round submission over Danny Betty.
“I felt good in my performance against Danny, a little annoyed at the blip at the start, but these things happen, and I didn’t let it phase me during the fight and was able to show my skill and come out on top. Believe me when I say I would smash the version of me that fought two months ago. Now I’m constantly improving and getting better.”
There was a slight blip in the first round where Choudhury was caught with a kick, but he recovered like a professional and overcame the wrath of Betty to outclass him till he found the finish.
“Honestly, I feel like it was more of an off-balance. I was always aware of everything the whole time, but props to Danny, he threw the kick at the right time. Bet regarding the importance of keeping a high pace, everyone can look good in the first minute or opening round, but if you can’t keep it up, it’s a long day for you because I can keep the pace from start to finish every time I step in there. Keeping a high pace is just something that’s a product of all the hard work I put in to get ready throughout my camp.”
Before his win in August, Choudhury was out of the cage for 18 months, as he had to overcome the first defeat of his amateur career against Jimmy Saddique during the pandemic.
“Initially, I was annoyed it happened and but I took it on the chin, and Honestly, that defeat was the best thing to happen to me. I learned so much from it, and the lessons I learned showed in the fight against Danny. Obviously, I’ve still got a long way to go, but that’s what amateur is for, right. And the hiatus wasn’t really something in my control. A pandemic hit the whole world, so there wasn’t a huge lot of could do in terms of competing. I was matched once or twice, but those shows ended up getting cancelled.”
Choudhury had some kind words for the promotion and their owner Ray Thompson, who has allowed him to display his skills. When the opportunity for a title shot came, Choudhury didn’t even hesitate in making a decision.
“Honestly, almighty is the best promotion I have fought on so far, it so professionally ran, and it just feels like almighty is definitely on its way to becoming something that could rival cage warriors someday. So Ray, if you’re reading this, keep up the hard work.
Title shot or not. I was always looking to get back in there as soon as possible and gain more experience. I was already matched to fight in my hometown on the 27h of this month, but my opponent pulled out, but we got offered the belt, so it all worked out in the end. So now instead, I’m going to my opponents’ home city, and I’ll be coming home with the belt in sha Allah.”
With the year coming to a close, Choudhury has his dreams and aspirations set for 2022, with the possibility of him already walking into the new year as a champion.
“I plan on being as active as I can in 2022 and collecting more belts while keeping on improving and working my way to that number 1 flyweight spot. Becoming the number 1 amateur flyweight is a goal I’ve set myself before I turn pro, and I’d also like to compete in the IMMAFS as well before pro.”
Almighty FC 21 goes down this Saturday, live via PPV for only £10 on Propersport.uk.
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