By Dean Parr
This weekend, 11-6 lightweight Wesley Murch returns to the cage in his hometown of Bristol, as he takes on skilled Frenchman Mamour Fall (11-6) in an intriguing collision. Ahead of this Tear Up title bout, the Olympians MMA fighter is content with his preparations, and feels he’s in the best shape possible. He beamed,
“Camp has gone really well. It’s the first time I’ve had a proper camp for a while, with about ten weeks to focus on this fight specifically. I haven’t had to focus on anything for Mamour; I’ve just intensified the things I already do and prepared for five rounds.”
Indeed, Wesley will need to bring his ‘A-game’ to see off the challenge of the Frenchman on Saturday night; a foe who competed eight times last year, only losing once. Fall enters this off the back of a split-decision defeat, but Murch isn’t underestimating him all the same.
“Mamour is a tough guy with good stand up,” noted Murch. “He’s been the distance numerous times including-over five rounds, which leads me to think he’s hard to finish and prepared for a distance fight. I think this will be a long grind over five rounds.
“To be honest, the match is very well suited. Both of us have Thai boxing in our backgrounds, are experienced grapplers and have good opposition on our records, so I think this has the makings of a top fight.”
The Ultimate Fighter 8 competitor technically has the hometown advantage, but as opposed to a rough and ready reception, Murch is hoping Fall is welcomed with open arms. The 155-pounder said,
“I really enjoy fighting locally and it’ll make the weight cut easier being at home, but when the cage door shuts it doesn’t really matter where you are. I hope Mamour feels welcomed in Bristol and the Tear Up crowd appreciate a great fight.”
With no set long-term goal in mind, Wesley’s only concrete aim at present is to take home the ‘W’ every time he sets foot in the cage.
“They’re all must win scraps for me,” stated Murch. “I’m not chasing a dream or a contract; I’m fighting every single fight to win. It’s no good prioritising fights for me. It’s about being entertaining and continually improving my skill set.
Whilst unwilling to hazard a guess at the fight’s outcome, Wesley is predicting a scrap the viewing public will savour. He analysed,
“I have prepared for five rounds and I think this is going to be tough, but I’ve never been the distance and I will of course be looking to finish this fight at any opportunity. All I can promise fans is an entertaining fight.”
To wrap up the interview, the lightweight had some thanks to make.
“Thanks to everyone who has helped with my training camp, Paul Reed, Ross Dunsford, Matt Palfrey, Josh Saidi, Pedro Bessa, Chris ‘Skeemer ‘ Winters, Greg Knapp, Nathan Champ, Guy Lewis, Toby Meech and everyone at Olympians MMA.
“A big thank you to my sponsors, Trojan Nutrition, Funky Gums, MMA Apparel and Judas Sinned. Follow me on Twitter.”
More information on Tear Up 9 can be found on the promotion’s official website.