Jack Grant will be looking to make it three times the charm at Cage Warriors’ recently announced fourth trilogy, as he takes on Ian Garry in the final of the tournament to crown a new welterweight champion.
In two previous attempts at the lightweight title, Grant has come just short, losing by KO to Jai Herbert at CW 106: Night of Champions in 2019, and then losing a close decision at his second bite of the cherry when facing Agy Sardari for the vacant title in 2020.
But, since moving up in weight to 170lbs and switching his training camp, “Skinnypower” looks to have fully optimised himself to be a champion.
” I feel so much healthier.” said Grant, “I feel way healthier, it’s a much easier process, a much nicer process and I enjoy training way more.”
Grant is friendly with his next opponent, rising Irish-star Ian Garry (6-0), but isn’t phased by facing a friend in his quest for gold, having already taken out former sparring partner Madars Fleminas: “How can you not like Madars, he’s a hard-working, family man, who’s chasing his dream.
” It is strange preparing to face a friend, but we know as professionals we can be friendly all the way up to the fight, then boom, touch gloves and it’s on.”
Stylistically, Grant believes that he is more than capable of both beating Garry in the stand-up and on the mat: “I believe I match-up against him really well.
“As a fighter, you always have to believe in yourself, and believe me, nobody believes in myself more than me.
“He has got great sparring partners… but they aren’t me.”
It’s clear that while the current pandemic has had an impact on Grant’s training, making him switch gyms from AVT in Leeds, to 4 Corners Combat in Liverpool in order to train properly, he has found ways to switch off outside the cage, namely watching and playing Call of Duty, which explains why the title contender called out YouTuber Nick Mercs after his last bout.
” I love Call of Duty,” laughs Grant, ” my favourite guy to watch on YouTube is Nick Mercs, so I called him out for a game.”
“I’ve still not had that game, but he did respond to me.
“Ian Dean needs to make it happen.”
Jack Grant will square off at York Hall in London on Cage Warriors’ next trilogy, from 24th to 26th June.