Undefeated MMA fighter Jack Marshman (current British middleweight champion) will be in for a tough test when he faces Tom Watson at BAMMA 9. The March 24 bout will be for the BAMMA world middleweight title, and it’s set to take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
Marshman (10-0-0) rose quickly through the middleweight rankings, stopping nine of his ten opponents before the final bell. The 22 year old MMA fighter’s crisp boxing skills have certainly been his most vital asset, with eight of his nine stoppages coming via (T)KO.
Marshman is confident he’ll be ready for Watson come fight time. And he feels Watson will bring out the best in him.
“I think he’s quite a slow starter,” Marshman told me. “I think I’m gonna edge it on the feet. He takes a lot of shots but he hasn’t fought anyone that can put power in their shots like I do. I think he’s gonna be in trouble in that sort of way. It’s going to be a really tough fight for me, but I’m confident… I’m ready for this fight.”
Watson is also known for his solid striking skills, and he has been busy polishing his skills with some of the best MMA fighters on the planet. Marshman isn’t intimidated though.
“It’s me and him that’s fighting the fight,” Marshman added. “I train with some of the best boxers about, that doesn’t make me the best boxer about does it? It just means I get my [expletive] kicked a lot. Obviously, it is beneficial to train with some of the best guys, but I’m training some brilliant guys: Paul Daley, Andre Winner, really good tough fighters.”
Watson has also been on a tear, winning 10 of his last 11 MMA fights, and he’s more than willing to trade bombs with his heavy-handed opponent.
“He [Marshman] throws a lot of hands,” Watson said. “He looks like he has decent power in his hands, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes out and tries to take me down. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does that so we’ll see. I like to stand up, so that’s where most of my fights are going to end up.”