Matty Hodgson Caged Steel

Matthew Hodgson keen to maintain run of form against Thor Thorarinsson

AVT’s Matthew “The Hammer” Hodgson returns to Caged Steel on July 14th, with yet another tough matchup for the promotion’s amateur middleweight title. Since his first bout at Doncaster Dome in 2014, he has consistently taken on the best opposition available, and although the results may not have gone the way he wanted, he’s had invaluable experience.

Next time out, he’ll face off against Reykjavik MMA’s Thor Thorarinsson , his third Icelandic opponent, and he’ll be hoping to break his duck against the viking invaders.

He comes into the bout well placed to do that. After losing due to injury in his last Caged Steel appearance against Ash Davis, Hodgson has gone on to post back-to-back wins to gain some momentum.

“It’s one of those things in the fight game,” Hodgson offered of the freak injury at CS 18. “I’ve rehabbed it properly, it’s secure and solid again so hopefully that’s the end of that injury and we move forward from there.”

He is still interested in a bout with unbeaten Davis down the line, citing “unfinished business”, but there’s no shortage of tough opponents out there for the AVT man to tackle.

Thorarinsson comes in with a win for the Caged Steel welterweight title over contender Jonny Brocklesby, and so Hodgson has had a chance to scout his upcoming adversary, although he believes things will be much different when he collides with “The Hammer”.

“He’s stepping up to 84kg now, so we’ll see what different that makes. He seems like a tough opponent, he’s no pushover. I’m looking forward to having a good fight with him. I’ll be coming in there to pressure him and get that win.”

He does feel like he has a score to settle, and Hodgson is hoping it’s third time lucky in his quest for a win over the Icelandic fighters. It’ll also be bout number four in Doncaster, and again he’s still waiting on that ‘W’ – something he’s been able to pick up in style elsewhere, but has eluded him at Caged Steel.

“I’ve got a bad reputation with the Icelandic lads, and I’ve not really got a good reputation with Caged Steel to be fair, so the next one I’m believing is definitely a win on my part, and a long overdue one at that.”

On July 14th, Hodgson will be well prepared and hungry. With a switch to the professional ranks potentially in his sights by the year’s end, he knows he needs to perform to keep that on track.

“I’m a changed fighter, I’m not making stupid mistakes,” he offers. “I want to keep getting wins under my belt against good opponents.”

Winning the middleweight title on Yorkshire’s premier MMA event would certainly be a big step towards his ambitions.

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