Marcin Prostko looking for evolution in Caged Steel 21 bout with James Bateman

Marcin “Mad Boy” Prostko is a fighter that is renowned for his all-action style. From his early days debuting in the cage with Caged Steel, to now taking on one of his biggest tests to date at Caged Steel 21, he’s had a quite a journey in front of the Doncaster crowd, and it continues on July 14th.

He’ll meet Grimsby’s James Bateman, an experienced local favourite who has been in the game for many years, briefly featuring on The Ultimate Fighter 9 back in 2009. Now running his own gym in Bateman MMA, the veteran has found a thirst for competition once again.

Prostko is looking at Bateman as a gatekeeper of sorts – if he can get past the experience of his upcoming opponent, then it will reveal a lot about his own future in the fight game.

“I think James is a solid fighter, and a fight with him is like a test for me. I have to pass it to evolve with my career, and this is exactly what I planning to do.”

In the last outing for “Mad Boy” at Caged Steel, he submitted Welshman Tyler Thomas with a first round D’Arce choke, putting an end to losing skid and getting a notch back in the win column. The Polish fighter was pleased with the win, but he still has much to do.

“It was good to win last time, to get my favourite sub, and it was a quick win. But straight after I was hungry for more. One win is only one step. I want more fights and more wins, and I will train hard to get the next one on the 14th of July.”

In Bateman, he will face off against a well rounded adversary who has finished fights on the feet and on the ground. However, in his own Caged Steel return, he came up short in a competitive bout against upcoming title challenger, Nathias Frederick.

Prostko doesn’t want to take too much from the defeat Bateman suffered, nor does it mean he will overlook him. In fact, he credits Bateman’s early performance.

“It was good fight for James, but he couldn’t finish the job and paid the biggest prize for it.

“This fight showed a bit about James, but I am not really focused on him and what he’s going to do. I am focused on me, on my strengths and weaknesses so I will be ready, 100 percent.”

Wakefield-based athlete Prostko has a big opportunity to take his biggest scalp to date at Caged Steel 21 inside the Doncaster Dome, July 14th.

He’s preparing hard and focusing on the battle against himself, which will always make for a better martial artist in the long run.

Both men are seeking a big victory in front of the Doncaster crowd, and many are expecting an intriguing battle.

Prostko won’t make any predictions, apart from that he will bring the pace to Bateman from the off, searching for that marquee win.

“I can only say when the door of the cage shuts, I will be hunting for the finish. I won’t be scoring points. I will do my best to get the finish.”

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