Glenn Irvine: I’m here to get the job done!
Caged Steel professional middleweight champion Glenn Irvine has put in some stellar performances in Doncaster, making new fans with his stoppages of Rob Fulton and Marcin Prostko, and showing his versatility using KO power and submission skills.
Originally slated to defend his title in December against Matt Pepper, an injury to his opponent forced the bout off the card, to be rescheduled at Caged Steel 20 on March 17th at the Doncaster Dome.
Irvine, who fights out of the famous Next Generation Northern Ireland gym under coach Rodney Moore, was frustrated at Pepper’s withdrawal, but admitted it did give him a chance to heal up some niggles he was also working around at the time.
“Once I heard Matt was injured as he had hurt his finger, I just thought how bad could it have been three weeks out from the fight? I had my own little injuriess on the lead up to our fight but they weren’t bad enough to keep me from defending my belt.
“This is the fight game, we are fighting at pro level so you’re gonna get injuries in camp no matter what. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and get on with it, unless it’s keeping you from training.”
With both men now fully healed and with three extra months of preparation, it should make for a thrilling encounter. Former pro boxer Pepper is undefeated thus far in his MMA career and will have a local crowd behind him, but Irvine has shown just how dangerous he can be in all areas.
Irvine doesn’t feel like the extra time that has passed will ultimately make a difference to the outcome, as he plans on taking the title back to Northern Ireland once again.
“I’m still in the same mind frame as I was a few months back, nothing has changed for me,” he revealed. “I haven’t studied Matt since the last camp, although I do see a few things he done in his last two fights that will suit me perfect. The fight will be no different. I’ve said I’m coming over to defend my title and I will do that.”
Both men picked up back-to-back victories in Doncaster in 2017, and so bring good form into the cage. Their wins all came first round too, so fans can expect it to be explosive from the opening bell.
The man from Ballymena they called “The Beast” intends to keep that forward momentum going.
“I don’t think about going in there and trying to win on points or trying to be fancy. I’m going in there with the mind frame that I’m here to get the job done, and put all my hard work into play for me that to finish the fight.”
Two heavy-hitters collide, with the title on the line. How will Glenn Irvine vs. Matt Pepper play out? We’ll find out on March 17th at Caged Steel 20.