CW88 – Thursday Night Thoughts

We’ve just entered the last 48 hours before the octagon opens for CW88.

On Saturday night, the Liverpool Echo Arena plays host to the most exciting night on the Cage Warriors calendar. As fighters begin their final preparations and wind down their camps before stepping into the octagon, we’re taking a look at the bouts that make this the biggest and best fight card of 2017.

The Cage Warriors world title has launched the careers of some of the biggest MMA stars the world has ever known, including ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor. If there was one title on the line, this would be a huge night. But this Saturday, we’re bringing 2 World Titles to the city of Liverpool and an incredible card to accompany our championship fights.

At the top of our bill is Chris Fishgold, who with two title defences already under his belt is fighting for the chance to keep the title and cement his legacy in his home city. Alexander Jacobsen crosses the continent in search of gold and looks to pry the belt from Fishgold’s hands in what looks to be one of the greatest fights of the year. As Fishgold himself has stated, “this won’t be one of the best fights of the night. It’ll be one of the best fights you’ve ever seen.” We can’t wait to see who comes out on top of this one, and with Jacobsen bringing a boat load of support from Norway we can see the Echo arena getting louder than ever. If Fishgold gets the win, he’ll keep the belt forever and upset the Norwegian’s 8 fight win streak. If Jacobsen’s hand is raised, the belt will find a new home on the other side of the continent and we’ll have a new King of Europe.

Our second title fight of the night comes when fellow Liverpudlian Lee Chadwick, a veteran of over 30 professional fights, meets the travelling Victor Cheng for the vacant Cage Warriors World Middleweight Title. “This is what I’ve worked towards for 12 years”, says Chadwick, whose fight this Saturday night represents the pinnacle of his career and perhaps his final chance to stake his claim as Europe’s best. “It’s hard for me to see this one going five rounds”, says Cheng, no doubt referring to the probability that, given the power possessed by both men, someone’s night will end earlier than anticipated.

Our main card also features Liverpool favourite Molly McCann, who enters the toughest test of her career at Cage Warriors 88. Molly has impressed on the European circuit since the day she stepped into the octagon, but seasoned Brazilian Pricilla de Souza is no doubt the strongest opposition she’s faced. However, in classic Molly McCann style, confidence reigns supreme as we head into the final few days before the fight. “I’m going to take her head clean off”, she stated in a recent interview with The Guide Liverpool. Few female flyweight’s on the European stage can take McCann’s punches, so this is another one that might not last long if Souza underestimates the McCann’s power and precision. If ever there was a time for Molly McCann to shine, it’s now.

Joining the three Liverpudlians on this stacked card are Martin Stapleton and Soren Bak, who meet in a lightweight bout which many have said is long overdue. Soren ‘the True Viking’ Bak always brings an exciting blend of skill and dynamism to any match up, but Stapleton’s crisp striking and unflinching work ethic won’t make this an easy night for the Dane. We’re really looking forward to seeing who comes out on top of this one, as both men will no doubt have championship gold in their sights if they pick up a win at Cage Warriors 88.

Beneath these leading fights is a whole host of bouts that we’ve been excited for since the moment the agreements were signed. Renowned striker Mick Stanton meets rising prospect Josh McManus, promising finisher Jack Grant takes to the octagon to close off 2017 and continue his dominant streak and it’s England vs Scotland when Sam Spencer takes on Paul McBain. That’s just a few our undercard fights that we’ll be watching closely – check out our feature for more details.

Tickets are flying out for Cage Warriors 88 and few that remain don’t look like they’ll be around for long. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

(Card subject to change)

Chris Fishgold vs Alexander Jacobsen (lightweight title)
Lee Chadwick vs Victor Cheng (middleweight title)
Martin Stapleton vs Søren Bak (lightweight)
Molly McCann vs Priscila de Souza (flyweight)

Sam Spencer vs Paull McBain (featherweight)
Elliot Jenkins vs Mahmod Faour (lightweight)
Mick Stanton vs Josh McManus (welterweight)
Jack Grant vs Perry Goodwin (lightweight)
James Duckett vs Jack Della (welterweight)

Liam Gittins vs Abdul Choudhury (flyweight)
George Smith vs Amadeusz Arczewski (middleweight)
John Carney vs Chris Green (lightweight)
Chris Nicol vs. JJ Jones (catchweight 130 lbs)
Tom Clarke vs. Adam Cullen (welterweight)
Ryhs Mchugh vs. Nathan Fletcher (catchweight 138 lbs)

Tickets for Cage Warriors 88 are limited but still available from the Echo Arena website.

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