|Love2Fight talk to Jake Bostwick|
Ahead of the heavily anticipated main event at UCMMA 28 – Jake Bostwick, who takes on Jamaine Facey for the welterweight title, took the time out to answer a few questions for us
@JakeBostwick – “once you put him under pressure, however, he crumbles. I will be putting him under pressure and he won’t like it.”
This fight has “fight of the night” written all over it and he guaranteed us that it is not going the distance because he is coming to bang.
You’re the middleweight champion now and fighting for the welterweight title – do you plan to hold both titles, or will you vacate one of them?
I’ll look to hold both if I can, obviously I’ll have to defend the middleweight title if I want to keep it, so we’ll see what fight is offered. I’ll speak to the team and we’ll go from there, but I would love to be able to hold both titles.
I've seen you fight at UCMMA from light heavyweight – now you’re dropping to welterweight, is the weight cut difficult and how is it going?
Well my natural weight is around 94 to 95 kg and I’ll be the first to say I hold a lot of fat, although I hold it well. It’s just been a matter of sticking to the diet, I was 97 kg before starting this camp and I aim to be 7 kg from weight a week before the fight. it’s all on track.
Both Jamaine and yourself are known for your striking, but we have seen him exploited on the ground against the likes of John Maguire and in his last fight in America for WMMA – will you be looking to exploit this?
I believe in my hands, I believe that my hands are better than his, I hit harder than him and I've got 15 minutes to land that shot. This isn’t going the distance, everyone knows that. I'm ready to bang and I'm looking to strike. If it does come to wrestling or on the ground, my wrestling is strong and I'm ready for all aspects.
No offense – but I've been going to UCMMA for a long time, and it seems that you are much more serious and smarter about your career now compared to before where you might take any fight sort of thing, when did that change happen where you thought its time to get serious?
Tell you the truth, the turning point was winning the middleweight title, when I knocked out Denniston I thought “I can do something with my life, I can do something in this sport!” I mean I proved I have hands of steel. After that fight I was in the Jacuzzi with Jason Young and I said to him “I think I should go to 77kg (welterweight) – coz I'm doing well, but to get to that next level” you know, so I told Dave (O’Donnell) about it and he offered me Jamaine for the welterweight title, its massive for me, how could I refuse that?
You’re training at Team Titan, with some very good guys – Brad Pickett and Jason Young to state a few, what’s it like training there and how have you improved since being there?
The training is unreal, simple as that, I mean I'm training alongside 3 UFC fighters, although Karlos Vemola isn’t there as much, I still see him about sometimes. They aren’t just my gym friends; they are my pals, my proper friends. As for improvements, I’ve improved leaps and bounds, you can see in my performances the changes. I'm full time now, training twice a day, I love it!
Obviously we all know about Jamaine’s unique style, have you brought in any sparring partners to mimic his style?
I've just been sparring with the taller guys, and getting them to throw lots of head kicks and knees down the middle. I mean we know what Jamaine will bring, he is a rangy guy and whilst he is going forward he is good, once you put him under pressure, however, he crumbles. I will be putting him under pressure and he won’t like it.
Thanks for your time Jake, just to round up, I know to be a full time fighter you need people behind you so would you like to thank anyone?
Yeah I’d like to thank VIP Services, Outrage Fightwear, Funky Gums for doing my gum shield and Semtex and Team Titan.
Last but not least, seeing as our site is called LOVE 2 FIGHT – the trademark question; Do you LOVE 2 FIGHT?
[laughs] listen mate, I was born and ready to fight, I love this shit!
We’d like to thank Jake for giving up his time during training sessions to talk to us, and we wish him luck come the 26th May.