This coming Saturday, Cage Warriors returns to Wales for the first time since their hiatus as they hold event number seventy-six in Newport. Undoubtedly, Welsh fighters are top-heavy this weekend from the main event downward. One who’ll be walking into enemy territory is Sam Creasey (5-0) as he takes on the native Kris Edwards (8-8) in a bantamweight showdown.
Due to pullouts and multiple accounts of misfortune, Sam Creasey hasn’t had chance to display his potential since June of last year when he was scheduled to lock horns with American Mark Sainci. Since then, he’s maintained a positive outlook in knowing the next bout could be just around the corner. Despite the irritation, Creasey feels relieved to be returning to action.
“It has been a frustrating time,” Sam noted. “I would’ve liked to have been more active, but these things happen and I’ve had my own issues that have prevented fights too. I’m just glad to be getting back to competing and enjoying myself.
“The fight with Mark is definitely one I’d still be interested in. He obviously has a good record and has made a name for himself in the professional ranks, so it would be a pleasure to share the cage with him.”
With the aforementioned gap in competition, Creasey still finds himself being offered credible opponents, as is the case this weekend versus Edwards. Despite Kris’ recent results, Sam is privvy to the battle-tested, veteran experience that the latter holds.
“I’m very happy with the fight,” Creasey beamed. “I have a chance to test myself against someone with the experience of Kris who has always impressed me. I know he brings the fight to you and I’m looking forward to seeing how I respond to that pressure. I’m confident in my own abilities, but very aware of the dangers he brings to the fight.”
Support of a local fighter has often been able to impact the action in the cage. It has the capabilities of gifting the fan favourite that extra fiery feel. For Sam, competing in the opposition’s backyard goes completely unfazed. His mentality and approach, as he feels, stretches much further.
“I try not to worry about hometown crowds,” the undefeated flyweight opined. “To me it’s just another fight. I know I train hard and I have a good skillset. Kris is a great fighter and it’ll be a case of whoever performs best on the night.
“There’ll be no adjustments to me because of this. I’ve always fought away from home. My last fight on Macto was the first fight I’ve had that’s been close to me and I was able to bring some support. In all my other fights I’ve travelled to home guys’ promotions and got on with it. I never fight with a strategy. I just make sure I’m well prepared.”
In terms of his division, the former feels a win here has the potential to make a statement, albeit ten pounds heavier than his usual competition. Having been healthy but still on the sidelines, Sam is looking to make up for lost time with a victory on Saturday night, thus creating bigger bouts for the rest of the year.
“I’ll be returning back to flyweight after this one,” Sam revealed. “A win would definitely sound alarm bells for some in my division. I’d like to get out again in August and hopefully twice more before the end of the year.
“This fight at bantamweight is just a one off. I’ve corrected some errors made in my last two weight cuts. I walk around at 63kg most of the time.”