BAMMA Lightweight Jack Grant believes Jack McGann will learn more from being the underdog, ahead of their fight at BAMMA 22 in Dublin on September 19.
In his last promotional fight at BAMMA 20, in Birmingham, England, Grant (9-2) obliterated UK Veteran Warren Kee with a devastating first round knockout; which required immediate and serious medical attention for Kee.
The 23-year-old spoke recently on the War of the Words podcast, and merited his improved decision making to such a devastating victory.
“I wanted to stand with him and showcase my power,” stated Grant. “I feel like in a few fights, I have kind of spoilt my own game if you like, from decision making, I feel like I’ve let myself down with bad decisions. It was a nice opportunity on the big stage to show that I can make the right decisions, it was great.”
After the fight, as a physically broken Kee was wheeled through to the doctor’s room, Grant spoke jubilantly to the press; whilst reverent of Kee’s situation.
Now, the Fight Ministry team member reflected on his huge performance over Kee and celebrated his own stand-up ability, stating his knockout power is enough to give anyone in the talent deep 155lb division difficulties.
Grant said: “I know that Warren Kee, in my opinion, not rude to him, but he’s an older fighter he’s not like the top ten of BAMMA. But the guy is a tough guy and he will stand and trade with anyone, and that was an opportunity for to me to meet him in that area and show BAMMA just how relaxed I can actually be and how professional I can be.
“I just wanted my power to do the talking for that fight, and I have awesome power for a Lightweight, I just need to showcase it more and sit behind my shots. I believe in my power I know that I can knock anyone out in the division. If I land my shot, you won’t be there.”
The Grimsby based fighter has had a turbulent time thus far in his BAMMA career, after he lost his first two fights in the promotion. However, Grant admitted that his losses to Jefferson George and Alexei Roberts helped mould him into a better fighter.
As for his upcoming match-up, he faces the Wolfslair’s very own McGann, who looks to rebound after his defeat to Marc Diakiese at BAMMA 19 in Blackpool earlier this year.
Despite the Scouse’s credibility on the UK scene, Grant believes that the majority of McGann’s wins have come over lesser opponents, much the antithesis to his own career. After spending the majority of his time in the cage as the underdog, Grant feels the time is now to make his opponents the second best.
“Me saying he hasn’t fought anyone, that’s not an insult to his skill, there is no doubt he’s got skills, it’s just he hasn’t shown those skills on better opponents. I’ve shown people I can cause upsets, I can shock people, everyone thought Jason Ball, they all thought people like that was going to beat me and I’ve finished them in great fashion I’ve shocked people.
He added: “I’ve been the underdog, it’s my time to make guys like McGann the underdog, let them learn.”
Grant also promises a great fight for the fans of Dublin, as he prepares for his first ever fight in Ireland, and tells McGann he will ‘crumble’ when they step into the BAMMA Battleground, in a fight destined to be one of the best on the night.
“It’s going to be awesome I’ve always wanted to fight in Ireland as well. They’re passionate fans it’s going to be awesome and obviously it’s the biggest arena I’ve fought it and what not so, I’m looking forward to rising to the occasion and just getting this result out the way.
“I want to fight my game, I’m not interested in his. I’m going to go to Ireland, I’m going to make that walk and I’m going to fight my game, and it’s as simple as that, and if he can deal with that then we’re going to put on a great fight, if not, he’s going to crumble, it’s as simple as that.”