Michael Oliver fights for the second time at FCC, when he meets Kenneth Richardson in a welterweight fight at FCC 5. He took some time out to talk with me about his upcoming fight and his times in Boxing and MMA.
Hi Michael, thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?
“There’s not much to tell! I’m quiet, I like to keep myself to myself and train and fight as much as i can. I like a laugh in the gym but always work hard and love a good night out on the town with the lads now and then to unwind”.
You have fought both boxing and MMA. What are both of your records for each sport?
“For boxing I have 32 fights: 16 wins and 16 loses. The ones i won only three have been on points, while the rest are KO. In MMA I have 11 losses. I’m a stand up fighter and I have fought many people. Like for example, my 1st MMA fight against Jamie Lee from Kaobon. I took it on four hours notice. He had fought nine times, with seven wins”.
How did you find the transition from boxing to MMA and how do you feel your boxing has benefited you?
“The transition has been hard for me as im a striker and the ground game is all new to me. My boxing has helped me get in there with training and punching! So i got half a chance, right? (Laughs)”.
You are fighting Kenneth Richardson at FCC 5. How much do you know about him?
“I know his name, (laughs)! Can you get me his finger prints? I will check him up on youtube in a bit”.
What do you see as your best weapons in this fight?
“For one I don’t fear anyone! I love fighting so I just get in there all the time and know I can only get better. My best weapons are definitely my hands! I’m pure power!”
Last time out at FCC you lost to Scott Roscoe, but alot of people say you learn more when you lose. Is there anything positive you took away from that fight?
“Yeah, I have been working harder on my ground game! But for me, I know, it’s going to take some time!”
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?
” I’ve been doing more rolling in the gym and got a new haircut!”
What has been your career highlight to date?
“I was EBF supper middleweight, semi pro, boxing champ in 2009 after I knocked out John Pema in London. It was at Ceasers nightclub. Winning that belt meant alot to me as i fought for it a few years before and got robbed: they called it a draw! My fight with John was on youtube for three years but then I fell out with my recent boxing coach and he was that sly that he would of paid someone to take it of!”
How far do you want to go in MMA?
“I’m not sure mate! For me I love a tear-up, so just getting in there and doing it at the moment”.
What is the most challenging aspect of fighting MMA?
“The ground game for me”.
I will never experience getting into the cage/ring 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?
“It’s the best feeling in the world, other than sex with a bird you care about! Unless I’m not doing it right (laughs). I love the fear and the buzz. Half of you is like: “What the fuck am i doing this for, I’m mad!” And the other part is like: Man lets do this!!”
What is the best thing about fighting and what motivates you to fight?
“It keeps my head clear and switched on. I love the discipline, the training and love the social side of things! I love winning and i want to get better at it!”
Who are the most inspirational people in your life? Has anyone had a really big impact/help on your career?
“Mike Tyson in the boxing! Then there’s Lee Monaghan! You need to add him on facebook. He has dome MMA and IBC boxing and they are on youtube. He is only a year older than me and does everything: teaches, trains, fights and promotes. He is such a great friend and a great man! Check his shows out on youtube. He runs the best boxing shows in northwest and they got voted for it”.
Thanks again for doing this interview! Is there anybody you’d like to thank?
“Lee Monaghan and you for listening to me(laughs)”.