Combat Vision MMA were lucky enough to speak to Roker Rough House MMA fighter Joshua Abraham (4-1) as he prepares for his first professional title fight at lightweight on Saturday May 6th at Generations of Combat FC. Joshua will also be fighting for a second title at lightweight, taking on Jack Demarco at Forza 6 on Sunday 3rd of September for the vacant Forza Fighting Championship title.
Thanks for taking the time to speak to Combat Vision MMA, Josh. Could you tell our readers about the type of fighter you are?
“I’m a kickboxer and I have been kickboxing since the age of 9. But, I’m happy wherever the fight goes. I prefer a good old fashion stand up scrap”
You train out of Roker Rough House MMA. Could you tell our readers about the coaches and any fighters you train with?
My main coach is Anth Hopper, he puts it all together. He has invested a lot of time into me and helped me all over with training and fighting. I have been working alongside Shaun Matthews at Redcar BJJ recently, which is a massive help to my ground game. I want to mention Jason Bailey, Rocky Holmes, Matty King who always give me good hard rounds and push me, they are all talented lads. Also, the lads at roker rough house are a help to me, we are a strong team
You have finished three of your professional fights inside the first round. What does this say about your style of fighting?
“That I enjoy finishing fights, no one likes a boring fights do they? Everyone loves a good finish and a scrap!”
Your only loss in your career was against Youri Panada at ICE FC 12 back in March 2016. How much has your fight game evolved since then?
“I always watch the fight back and it still annoys me to date. Knowing that I got beat and I could have done a lot better. But I have developed a lot as a fighter since then, I was only 18 year old at the time, so I was pretty immature as a fighter. Since then, I have switched on a lot and made some adjustment to my game”
You are fighting Ash Griffiths (4-4) at Generations of Combat FC for the pro lightweight title on Saturday 6th of May 2017. How do you mentally prepare for your first professional title fight?
“I have just trained, really worked my arse off! I think the harder I work, the more mentally prepared I’m gonna be. The title is just an added bonus after the win”
What do you think of Ash Griffiths fighting style and is there anything you will be looking to exploit it?
“I think Ash is an all round good fighter, got experience all over, been around the game for a while. He is an aggressive striker and loves a stand up war. I’m just gonna go out and have a war with Ash”
What has your training camp been like for this fight and is there any individual goals you are working on in the gym?
“My fight camp has been amazing. There is a few of our lads (Roker MMA) fighting on the card, so we’ve been in a good fight camp as a team. Everyone is improving week in – week out, so it is helping my game develop. My individual goals will always remain the same, to be the best person I can be inside and outside the cage, and stay happy”
Looking ahead, you will be fighting Jack Demarco (0-2) at Forza Fighting Championship 6 for the vacant Forza lightweight title on Sunday 3rd of September 2017. How much do you believe that come September you will have two professional titles at lightweight and how much will this achievement shape your professional career?
“There’s a bit of history between me and Jack Demarco. We fought twice at amateur when we were about 12-13 years old and it’s 1-1 at the moment. The title to me is nothing, it’s finishing everything and winning our third fight. I do believe come September, I will be a different man. But having 2 professional titles will shape my career up perfectly. But my career is just getting started. I’m only 19 years old!”
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