Combat Vision MMA spoke to Paul Lawrence after it was announced he would be fighting Konrad Iwanowski at KSW 40 at the 3 Arena, Dublin on October 22nd, 2017. Paul’s professional MMA record (3-1)
Thank you for taking the time to speak to combat Vision MMA, Paul. It has been announced you will be fighting Konrad Iwanowski at KSW. Could I get your thoughts on fighting for the promotions first Irish promotional event.
“Hi, James. Yeah, I am delighted to be fighting for a big promotion like KSW representing my country. I think it the biggest promotion to come to Ireland outside the UFC. I am grateful to be part of it and I hope to be part of many more”
With regards to tape study, what are your thoughts on your opponent.
“I have seen him fight a few times and I know him well. He is a well rounded MMA fighter. I think wrestling his strongest point and I would be known more for my striking”
Both yourself and your opponent have the ability to finish the fight early. Will you be looking to turn the gas on early or will you feel more content taking the fight into the later rounds.
“I have an aggressive style of fighting. I like to come forward and so does he this could be over in the early rounds. But, I will be ready for 3 rounds”
You have been fighting regularly since you turned pro in 2015. Do you think Konrad taking a 3-year break from the sport and fighting once will serve as a positive for you heading into this fight.
“Konrad has taken a 3-year break from fighting but he has been training all the time and it didn’t seem to affect him in his last performance. But, when the pressure is put on him we will see if it will affect him”
Your last performance was at the inaugural Centurion fight Champions in Malta. What was the experience like fighting for the promotion.
“My last fight was in Malta and it was a great experience fighting outside of Ireland. The result didn’t go my way and was given my first loss as a professional and I was gutted. But, it has only made me a better fighter and I am pushing myself even harder in training”
Looking back at your performance against Imavov. What are your takeaways from the fight and other than the outcome what will you change heading into KSW 40.
“I was not happy with my last performance. When I had my opponent hurt, I didn’t jump on it and it won’t happen again”
Could you give our readers any insight into your training camp for this fight and will you be working on anything specifically for your opponent.
“The fans can expect a high pace fight with a lot of fireworks. It will be a great fight and I will be giving the best performance I have ever displayed”