Gwyn Berry’s been waiting a long time for this opportunity.
While he’s no stranger to being a champion after winning the BFL amateur lightweight title in 2017, Berry, 25, said the AMA strap is one he’s always wanted around his waist.
“I went to one of their events, and it was one of the first events I’d ever seen, and I saw their belt and really liked it,” said Berry.
“Getting the opportunity to fight for this is really good for me. I’ve always wanted that belt for sure.”
Prior to falling in his last two bouts, Berry began his amateur career with an undefeated 4-0 record, which included three finishes.
Berry said he’s motivated to get back in the win column Friday night, and sees that happening before the final bell sounds.
“This is most likely going to be a finish,” said Berry.
“I know he’s going to be aggressive and leave some openings in some places, but I’m still preparing for the best Jesse Bull.”
Although he hasn’t seen much footage of Bull’s past fights, Berry said he has a good feel for what to expect.
Strictly from observing his track record, Berry said he’s expecting this fight to take place primarily on the feet.
“Looking at his record, most of his fights have been over in the first round, so I’m guessing he’s going to be an aggressive fighter,” said Berry.
“I’m preparing everywhere, but I’m expecting this to be a striking battle.”
Bull Looking for Bounce Back
Although the loss stung, Bull said he learned a lot from that fight, most importantly to be more prepared for future fights.
“I learned to not jump at every opportunity that comes, and to be more prepared for the things I’m aware of,” said Bull in an interview.
“I need to train hard, be more prepared for any opponent that comes my way, and not short myself.”
Bull’s loss to Gaivoronskii was for the Mamba Fight Night amateur lightweight title, Bull’s first title fight of his amateur career.
He said he was pleasantly surprised to receive another crack at a title so soon after the loss, and is ready to take full advantage this time around.
“If I get this belt, it’s going to solidify for me that I’m one of the top guys and pretty well one of the best, and ready to take on the best,” said Bull.
“After winning this belt, my next goal is going to be Nationals.”
Much like Berry, Bull will be looking to keep this fight standing, and is expecting just that.
Bull said he’ll be looking to pick his shots, not rush into any exchanges, and wait for the opportunities to present themselves.
“My game-plan is all for standing, and I’m looking at being more patient this time around too,” said Bull.
“I need to be more patient with the game-plan, and that is keeping it standing and picking him apart.”
“I’d like to thank my sponsor Mountain Fitness Centre, my gym The Sound Martial Arts, my coaches Kasey Smith and Cole Smith, and all my training partners.”
“I’d like to thank my coach Taylor Bull, and my sponsors KBK in Calgary and The Superfan.”