Kevin Fryer, (4-1 MMA), makes his Full Contact Contender debut, on 16th March, in a Middleweight title match against, champion, Ant Bailey. Split Decision caught up with Kevin to talk about his title ambitions.
Hi Kevin, thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?
“My names Kev Fryer from Fleetwood Lancashire. I’ve spent the last 10 years in The Parachute Regiment and been training for the last 2 and a half years when I can”.
You are fighting for the FCC Middleweight belt. How good is it to fight for the title in your first ever FCC bout?
“Firstly I’m happy to be in an FCC bout, the fact that its for a title makes it even sweeter”.
You are fighting the champion, Ant Bailey, how much do you know about him?
“I know he’s tough. Not just physically but, also, mentally. I’ve seen a couple of his fights but not looked at him properly yet as I have another fight before him that I don’t want to look past that”.
What do you see as your best weapon in this fight?
“My cardio, but I realise he also has good cardio”.
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?
“Training’s going good. I never really have a break in my training, I just up the intensity when I have a fight lined up. I don’t change anything and I don’t really adapt my training to my opponent. I just try to develop my skills”.
How long ago was your last fight and how did you do?
“My last fight was September when I won within three minutes by TKO. I had a fight one week before that for the REPS middleweight title, where I won by submission. I was meant to fight twice in December but had to pull out when I was injured in a Muay Thai bout”.
What do you think is better: getting a win by KO or pulling of a slick submission?
I will never experience getting into the cage and fighting. And for that I have so much respect for everyone who does it. What’s the feeling like when the cage door is shut and it’s just you and your opponent?
“I look at alot of fighters and they get nervous, which there is nothing wrong with. The way I look at it is, the worst thing that can happen is you get knocked out in front of everyone! Who cares what everyone thinks, they’re not in there! I feel more confident and worry less once its about to start, whether I go on to win or lose”.
What is your favourite martial art to train?
What is the best thing about fighting and what motivates you to fight?
“Winning. But I like to fight whether I win or lose. I’m motivated by a love to fight. I like to fight in a cage, on the mats or in Afghanistan”.