Interview With Blair Ford Ahead of On Top 23
Blair Ford will take on Finlay Wright in an amateur catchweight contest on February 29th at On Top 23. On Top 23 takes place in The On-X Leisure centre, Linwood.
Blair Ford (2-1) looks to make it a third win on the bounce, when he takes on Finlay Wright at On Top 23. Ford made his amateur debut in 2018 and, unfortunately, dropped a unanimous decision loss to Ryan Jones. However, Ford stepped back into competition in April at ‘The Art Of Combat 10”, earning him his first win as a mixed martial artist v England’s Reece Morrison. Ford then found some consistency and picked up another win v Ross Conn last July via submission in round 1. Ford has had nearly 7 months of rest stepping into this bout, so we are bound to see a lot of improvements and development in his game.
Finlay Wright (1-1), who fights out of HMAC In Inverness, made his amateur debut in March of 2019 at ‘On Top 22’ and tasted his first defeat to Bradley Scott via triangle choke. Since then, Wright secured his first amateur win, funnily enough, the same night Ford did.
Both fighters have taken some time away from the cage and have been working hard on developing their skill set. February 29th will showcase exactly that.
How are you feeling ahead of your bout with Finlay Wright and how has preparation been as we get closer to fight night?
Ford – “I am feeling confident, strong both mentally and physically and excited also to get back in that octagon. I believe I’ve been making the correct adjustments in my game to face a challenger like Wright.”
Regardless of the result on the 29th, how many times are you looking to compete in 2020 and have you any plans to do so?
Ford – “I’m hoping to fight at least three times this year. I wanted to fight three times in 2019 but illnesses prevented me from doing so. So, at least three times would be pretty cool to get in, depending on injuries and weight cuts of course.”
What drives you to train day in day out, anything behind it?
Ford – “Purely for the love of the sport. I only started training in MMA early 2017 to gain more knowledge of the sport I liked and, to be honest, lose some weight. Then I got asked from my coach about taking a fight, I knew I had been putting in the hours in to get the results. I also use it as therapy sometimes, whatever stresses of the day bring, you can unleash it on some pour soul holding the Thai pads.”
How do you view Finlay as an opponent or do you tend not to look into your opponent at this stage and focus on yourself?
Ford – “I’ve seen Finlay has experience in other areas outside of MMA. He’s beaten one of my teammates who I rate as a good opponent for anyone and Finlay put on a good fight. So I respect him as a fighter and I’m not overlooking him in the slightest. He’s probably a step up from the competition I’ve faced previously and I welcome that with open arms.”
What can we expect to see from Blair Ford come fight night?
Ford – “An all round more calculated and confident fighter willing to put on a clinic.”
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