Mark Ewen will take on James Bunten in an amateur lightweight contest on February 29th at On Top 23. On Top 23 will take place at The On-X Leisure Centre in Linwood.
Mark Ewen (9-3-1) comes into the bout on an impressive run of form last tasting defeat in June of 2017. Since then, he’s picked up 7 wins on the bounce, 5 via submission and 2 KO/TKO. Ewen has showcased his skill set, proving he’s a dangerous well-rounded competitor not to be taken lightly.
Ewen’s 2019 saw him have success inside the cage, competing three times. Collecting wins over Swedish native Ola Jacobsson at ‘On Top 22’ and securing the M4TC lightweight British title v Farukh Aligadzhiev in April. Ewen then ended his year with a draw v Karar Al-Jaberi.
James Bunten (5-2) will be looking to hit the ground running in 2020 after taking his second amateur loss in August of 2019 to Lorenzo Parente at ‘Ultimate Fight League 3’. One month previous to that saw Bunten defeat Jack Hardy via rear-naked choke seeing Bunten go (1-1) in 2019.
This is a matchup that had been previously booked and cancelled last year. You don’t want to miss this!
How are you feeling in the lead up to your bout on the 29th and have you done anything differently since your last matchup v Karar Al-Jaber?
Ewen – “I’m feeling great leading up to this fight. I’m ticking all the boxes and just improving on a daily basis. I can’t ask for any more than that. In regards to my last fight, there were a few technical errors that stopped me from getting the result I had hoped for but they’ve been ironed out. You’ll see a new and improved Mark Ewen on February 29th.“
What does Mark Ewen’s training schedule look like on a weekly basis?
Ewen – “Monday morning run – Monday night 3-hour session. Tuesday morning striking/pad work and rolling – Tuesday night 2 hours of BJJ and Wrestling. Wednesday night S&C.
Thursday morning wrestling and bag rounds – Thursday night 3 hours of Muay Thai and BJJ.
Friday night 1 hour of Muay Thai pad work then 1 hour of sparring. Saturday morning 2 hours of BJJ and Sunday morning sparring.”
Training at Higher Level with guys like Stevie Ray and Danny Henry and other high-calibre fighters must do wonders for your confidence and improving you as a fighter. How important is it, as an amateur on the rise, to have guys like them as training partners?
Ewen – “Yeah it certainly does wonders for my confidence, but not only that, my technical ability and my progression as a fighter. I’m learning from these guys on a daily basis picking up skills and tricks. Not only that but the intensity they bring, really pushing me in all aspects of my game.”
Is there a pinpoint moment where you knew you wanted to try to make a career out of MMA and what made you first take that step and walk into a gym for the first time?
Ewen – “Since I’ve been old enough to remember, fighting films like Kickboxer and Rocky have really inspired me and moved me, so I’ve always known that I was going to go down the line of combat sports because of the way it made me feel but it took me until I was about 16 to go to a an MMA gym. I tagged along with a friend that was going and I’ve never looked back since. I knew as soon as I set foot in the gym this is me this is where I’m meant to be. I’ve found my purpose so I give it absolutely everything I have. I have given my life to MMA and I’ll continue to do so until I achieve great heights in this field and really transcend the sport.”
You’ve not lost in seven bouts, it’s clear to see the hard work and training is paying off. What can we expect to see from you v James Bunten?
Ewen – “There’s a reason I’ve not lost in a while, the work rate speaks for itself. You can’t outwork me and you don’t want it as much as I do, it’s that simple! I’m going to put pressure on this guy that he’s never felt before and he will break like everybody else. It’s a different ball game when you’re in there with me and he will feel that first hand on February 29th. Expect a finish. I don’t mess about in there.
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