Alex Bublea defends his Roar Combat League world championship against Connor McCormack later today at the Watford Colosseum. Speaking at yesterday’s weigh-ins, Bublea was very confident of not only retaining his title but doing so, by knocking out McCormack when the two come face-to-face in the ring.

“I’m gonna win, I’m gonna knock him out but I’m not going to tell you which round. I’m going to keep that as a surprise.”

The ‘Body Hammer’ has had mixed results in his two previous outings this year, defeating Giannis Skordilis at Ronin Fight Show and then losing a decision to Ptt Petcrungreung at Thai Fight London. However, Knowsley Gym trained fighter remains focused on achieving even greater things during his fighting career moving forward.

“I gotta make statements, I’m making loads of statements. I’m smashing everyone except, Thai Fight. I didn’t really smash that one.”

Reflecting on the decision loss to Ptt, Bublea believes the pressure he placed on himself in the lead up to the fight left him physically and mentally drained when the enormity of fighting for Thai Fight dawned on him.

“I tired myself out more than he [Ptt] tired me out because I wanted it so much like, ‘This is Thai Fight! I have to win! I have to prove myself!’. Before I got in there I was already burned out. Extinguished. I just couldn’t really land the shots.”

However, Bublea is clearly in good spirits since then and appreciates the learning curve that Thai Fight London has been for him which, has increased his optimism and self-confidence, going forward.

“I’ve learnt so much from that fight. I feel like I can fight anyone in the world and win right now. The time for calling people out is now, it’s coming soon and it’s going to be big.”

Nevertheless, Connor McCormack is regarded as being a genuine top contender within the UK Thai boxing fraternity and will be a stern test for the defending champion tonight, in what will certainly be one of the most fascinating fights of the night at Roar Combat League – Round 4.