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Adam Wilson talks about training at Next Gen, coming back from injury and fighting behind closed doors

Liverpool’s Adam Wilson is one of the top bantamweights in Europe and will be keen to prove it when he next fights.

The scouse striker lost his last outing and sustained a leg injury during the fight, but had been riding a five-fight winning streak coming into that bout.

One of those five wins came against Scott Malone, where Wilson earned himself a submission of the year contender, after catching a kick and jumping on Malone’s back to secure a Rear Naked Choke.

Adam Wilson, Mack Promanee

Training out of Next Generation Liverpool, Wilson trains alongside former Cage Warriors champions turned UFC stars: “Meatball” Molly McCann, Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett and Chris Fishgold, and believes the gym gives him the optimum environment for training: “Next Gen is one of the best gyms in the country right now.

“The mats are literally full of killers.

“Everyone in the gym is around the same weight, either bantamweight, featherweight or lightweight.

“There’s a very good variety of sparring partners in the gym for me.”

Adam Wilson, Harry Ettridge

Wilson holds a 5-1 record as a professional, with three wins coming inside the distance, but has had to alter training routines after a couple of months out of training due to injury as well as government lockdowns during the pandemic: “I wasn’t able to train for a good two months, but it’s (the injury) healed now and I feel good.

“The routines aren’t the same.

“We’ve had to move our training round a little bit in terms of training times and schedules but it’s all good as long as we get two or three hours a day.”

Adam Wilson

Wilson’s last fight was back in September and took place behind closed doors due to the pandemic, but a lack of noise didn’t phase the bantamweight prospect: “It’s a shame that the crowds weren’t in there because it’s always a good night with fans in.

“I just saw fighting behind closed doors as very similar to fighting as an amateur, as if your the first fight on of the night when there was never really very many people there.

“It didn’t bother me fighting behind closed doors, but I am looking forward to when we can have fans back.”

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