Despite a title being on the line, Jordan Noseworthy feels like he has nothing to lose.
Going up against one of the top-ranked amateur fighters in the country, Noseworthy, 27, said it feels like a win-win opportunity.
“I really feel like I don’t have much to lose here; it’s a win-win situation for me,” said Noseworthy in an interview.
“I’m moving up in weight, fighting the best guy in the country, so it’s just go-time.”
Noseworthy is coming off a loss to Lorenzo Celis at XFFC 21 with the XFFC amateur middleweight title on the line, which was also his first title fight of his career.
Noseworthy said he was surprised to receive another title shot so soon after the loss, and is grateful for the opportunity at redemption.
“I was really honoured and humbled by the offer, and I’m going to make the most of this opportunity,” said Noseworthy.
“If I don’t, when’s the next time I’m going to get a title shot? I’m not. You don’t lose back-to-back title fights and even get considered again. This is f**king go-time now. This is the real deal.”
All three of Noseworthy’s wins have come via striking in the first round, which is where he believes he holds the advantage over Stevens.
Noseworthy will also hold a five-inch height advantage over Stevens, as well as a reach advantage, which should present him with plenty of opportunities to showcase his striking.
“I didn’t show it in my last outing, but when it comes to ammy MMA, my striking is pretty good,” said Noseworthy.
“I might not have shown it against my last couple opponents, but I’ve got better hands than these cats and I’ve got better kicks than these guys.”
Stevens As Tough As They Come
So far in his amateur career, Stevens has proven he has the grit and toughness to go the distance, even in the hardest of fights.
And it’s that exact fortitude and perseverance that Stevens, 29, believes gives him the edge over Noseworthy.
“I got heart. I’m sure he does too, but I got heart and dedication. It takes a lot to make me quit,” said Stevens in an interview.
“I’m pretty strong too. I lift weights a lot and move concrete all day.”
Stevens is riding a three-fight winning streak into Saturday night, going the distance in all three contests.
With the the potential for this fight to go five rounds and Noseworthy yet to go past the midway point of the second round in his career, Stevens said his experience going the distance could play a factor.
“I got the cardio and I got the conditioning. If it goes to the end, it goes to the end,” said Stevens.
“The cardio and conditioning I do on a daily basis. I know I’m prepared; I’m not sure what he’s doing.”
Stevens’ most recent win was in the gold medal matchup of the 2019 Canadian National Amateur Championships, a unanimous decision win over Will Grieve that saw him become the light heavyweight national champion.
He now has his sights firmly set on his second straight belt on Saturday night, which would push him even closer to his professional debut.
“When I win this belt, it’ll just give me more incentive to go pro. It’ll be such a good opportunity when I win that other belt,” said Stevens.
“I’m addicted to this sport, so I might as well start getting paid for it eventually.”