May 8, 2014 Victoria (ISN) – It’s the day before the fights and if you haven’t purchased your tickets for this great event, make sure you grab them before they sell out!!
Jessica and Amanda hold up belts with fight promoter DP Sundher, Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Today, all the fighters assembled at the Tally Ho Sports Bar to go over the fight rules, ensure everyone makes weight, and to get their paperwork in order. All the fighters are anxious and really want to put on a great show. This writer had the opportunity to sit down with a few of the fighters, including one of the female competitors, to get their perspectives on their fights and find out a bit more about them.
Fighter: Chase Ingalls
From: Comox Valley on Vancouver Island
Fighting for 7 years
Chase shows off his great fighting shape. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
ISN: Chase, you’re competing for which title?
Chase: This is the ISKA Amateur World Middleweight Title which is currently vacant.
ISN: This is not your first title fight right? What other titles do you hold?
Chase: No, this is my 6th title fight. I have had the ISKA Junior Canadian Title, the ISKA Junior North American Title, ISKA Junior World Title, ISKA BC Mens Title, and the WKN World Title.
ISN: I’ve had the pleasure of following your career for a while. You’ve done very well. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Chase: Well, I have my age with me, being young. I’m definitely aiming to go pro. In fact, this will be my last Amateur Fight
ISN: What professional level do you want to compete in?
Chase: My aim is for Glory. I’ve spoken with people such as Gabriel Varga, another local fighter, and done some training with him. I have great respect for Gabriel. He’s shown me that it is possible.
ISN: How do you see this fight? Have you studied your opponent at all?
Chase: My opponent is a south paw so that will make the fight interesting. I know how to fight someone like that and I think it will be a very good fight. I’m excited to showcase my skills.
Fighter: Marin Sarov
From: Serbia (fighting out of Holland)
Fighting for 5 years
Martin carefully watches the scale. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
ISN: Tell me a bit about yourself?
Martin: I’m originally from Serbia but moved to Holland to get away from the things going on in my country. I’m really happy to be here in Canada to compete. I’ve been in 50 countries and find that no one is as genuinely nice as Canadians.
ISN: Thank you. You’ve competed for a little while, is this your first title match?
Martin: Yes my very first one.
ISN: This being your first title fight, how do you think you’ll do?
Martin: I think I will enjoy wearing the belt…HA HA! Kidding aside, I think my chances are good.
ISN: Why is that?
Martin: We have a similar style. We both don’t back down, we move forward and keep going. This will be an exciting fight. I’m also very happy with the no clinch rule as I think it takes away from the fight. Without all the clinching, the fight stays dynamic.
Fighter: Suraj Bangarh
Current ISKA World Welterweight Title holder
From: Victoria, BC
Fighting for 5 ½ years
ISKA World Champion Suraj Bangarh is weighed in by Stan Peterec. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
ISN: How do you feel about a title defence?
Suraj: I’m very ready. I’ve been really focused on my fighting the last 2 ½ years or so and made some sacrifices in order to compete at this level.
ISN: Being so young, do you see yourself doing this permanently or more for fun and sport?
Suraj: I’m definitely focused on making this a career.
ISN: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Suraj: I want to compete in Glory, which is the UFC of Kickboxing.
ISN: You were originally scheduled to fight someone else, but a substitution had to be made. What are your feelings on that?
Suraj: I’m fine with the substitution. It would have been nice to compete against someone from another country, but I’m just happy to compete.
ISN: How do you think you’ll do tomorrow?
Suraj: I think it will be a good fight, pretty even match up style wise but I do feel I will come out on top in the end.
Fighter: Johnny Two Feathers
From: Duncan, BC
Fighting for 5 years
Title contender Johnny Two Feathers proud to make weight. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
ISN: Is this your first title fight?
Johnny: No, this will be my 2nd. I also fought for the BC Title in 2011.
ISN: How do you feel about being substituted in?
Johnny: I feel well prepared and I’ve put in a lot of work. I feel I should have fought for this a while ago but happy everything is coming together now.
ISN: What do you see for your future?
Johnny: Right now, I’m not thinking too much past the fight tomorrow night. I do desire to go pro but will talk with my trainer about it more later.
ISN: How do you think you’ll do against your opponent tomorrow?
Johnny: We both move a lot, but I feel it will come down to heart…who wants it most. I think that’s one thing that separates me from a lot of kickboxers, I have a lot of heart!
ISN: I’ve seen you fight many times, you have a very large fan base.
Johnny: Yes, I have great fans and supporters.
Fighter: Scott Judson
From Comox Valley, Vancouver Island
Fighting for 6-7 years
Scott Judson gets the go ahead from Stan Peterec. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
ISN: What made you want to compete in kickboxing?
Scott: I used to be a Professional Baseball Player. I had to stop that but wanted to keep competing in something. I literally woke up one morning and thought, “Kickboxing would be fun,” and started training.
ISN: Are you competing for one of the titles?
Scott: No, my fight is not a title fight.
ISN: Do you think you’ll have a title opportunity?
Scott: If I win this fight, I think I will try for the Canadian title in my weight class.
ISN: You’re one of the older fighters here, what does the future hold for you?
Scott: I will continue to compete for a couple more years yet. I hope to get 10-15 more fights in.
ISN: What happens then?
Scott: Will stop fighting and focus on my family. I have 5 kids and they have a made a lot of sacrifices for me to compete.
ISN: How do you think you’ll do against your opponent tomorrow night?
Scott: I think I will stop him before the 3rd round.
Fighter: Alex Garland
From: Duncan, BC
Fighting for 1 year
Alex Garland strikes a proud pose. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
ISN: You’re one of the 4 female fighters here. How do you feel about that?
Alex: I don’t think about gender. I just want to do it. I did regular martial arts as a kid but didn’t find it competitive enough for me.
ISN: Your opponent had to be substituted out. What are your thoughts on that?
Alex: I’m disappointed about it as I was originally supposed to fight for the BC Women’s Title and now it’s a regular fight.
ISN: How do you think you’ll do against your opponent?
Alex: I only just found out who my opponent was an hour ago and don’t know much about her other than I believe it’s her first fight.
ISN: Do you have any female fighters you look up to or that inspire you?
Alex: I look up to Lindsay Ball who’s a Muay Thai fighter here in Victoria.
ISN: Where do you see yourself in the future?
Alex: I’d like to continue to fight. Gain enough amateur fights to move into professional Muay Thai fights.
Ring Girls: Jessica Kelly and Amanda Harding
Ring girls Jessica (brunette) and Amanda (Blonde) will captivate your attention between rounds. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
ISN: Thank you two beautiful ladies for taking some time to talk to me. Is this your first time being a ring girl?
Jessica: No, I’ve done this before for some amateur MMA events also
Amanda: Yes this is the first time for me.
ISN: Amanda, as this is your first time, tell me what your thoughts are?
Amanda: It will be a bit of a challenge. I’m used to modeling but this will be a bit different for me.
ISN: How do you feel when you get the inevitable cat calls and cheers from the crowd when you’re walking around the ring?
Jessica: It’s quite flattering
Amanda: I laugh a bit at it, but it’s fine
ISN: What do you think it takes to be a ring girl?
Jessica: You have to have confidence in yourself and just have a good time.
Amanda: I agree, a lot of confidence.
will be held at Pearkes Arena on Friday, May 9th 2014. Doors open at 6pm with fights starting at 7pm. The event will feature 10 amazing kickboxing and boxing fights with 4 title fights including local ISKA World Welterweight title holder, Suraj Bangarh of Canada’s Best Karate defending his title.
Tickets for Mayhem are available from the following locations:
Sports Traders – 508 Discovery St – 250-383-6443
Suits U – 942 Fort St – 250-386-6922
Peterec’s Gym – 831 Fisgard St – 250-389-6166
Watch this website for more information about this event as this writer will be interviewing the title fight contenders at the weigh-ins and will have post fight interviews and pics!
May 9th Mayhem Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/423421767792251/
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