Shaun Hampton, 28 years old from Crewe, comprehensively retained the mixed martial arts national light heavyweight championship.
Shaun won by a key lock submission in 41 seconds in front of a lively, 3000 strong crowd at Reebok Stadium, Bolton on Saturday 2nd November.
Shaun trains at The Team Chongi Academy on Eaton Street and was quick to thank his fight camp, especially Mark Russell and Casey Jones, who kept him focused
Shaun said of the build-up to the fight:
“My head was everywhere on the day, as my original opponent pulled out at the last minute due to illness.
A replacement was drafted in but he too backed out about an hour before the fight.
A third fighter stepped up at the last minute, Ryan Hennessey and I had no time to do any homework on the guy”.
“At the end of the day, I was there to defend my title and the opponent was irrelevant really.
My arduous training programme made sure I was ready physically and I am fortunate that I can draw on the experience of Mark Russell, Head Coach at The Team Chongi Academy.
As a former world champion himself, Mark shares his own experience in the ring to prepare me and, as a post graduate in sports psychology; he works closely with me to ensure that mentally I am in the right frame of mind to face any title challenge”.
Head Coach Mark Russell said:
“Our team of experts operate effectively in the build-up to a fight.
We help Shaun to focus on and refine all the essential key areas needed to execute a win – technique, sparring experience, diet, fitness, psychological strength, relaxation & recuperation.
Those of the team who were fortunate enough to be there on the night – as well as the squad back at the gym – are delighted with his latest defense of the title”.
“Shaun demonstrated the difference between a brave warrior and a true champion on the night.
He conducted himself impeccably under exceptionally trying circumstances and I know he is destined for great things”.
FCC 8 Post Fight Interview with Shaun Hampton…..
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