The last time Jared Revel fought for the BFL middleweight title, it didn’t go his way. Now, he’s looking for redemption.
Revel, 34, challenged Chris Anderson back in July 2017 for the middleweight title, but fell short due to doctor stoppage at the end of the first round. He said Saturday night will be a great opportunity to prove he’s a champion.
“It would definitely be very satisfying. The last one left a sour taste in my mouth with the way it ended,” said Revel in an interview.
“It was a little hill to climb to come back, but it’ll definitely mean a lot. It will just cement that I’m right there and I deserve it.”
Six of Revel’s seven wins have been stoppages in the first round, four by submission and three by knockout.
Revel said he knows Davis presents a tough test, and said he’ll be looking to utilize his entire skill-set when they step into the cage.
“Depending on what he does, I definitely will be looking to inflict some of my stand-up, but naturally, as soon as someone gets close, I go for that grappling mentality too,” said Revel.
“I’m probably a little bit longer than him, so I want to use my range and try and pick him apart that way.”
With Davis hailing from Winnipeg, MB, this matchup presents an interesting dynamic for Revel, having been born and raised in Manitoba himself.
But having now lived in B.C. for half his life, Revel will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd Saturday night and will be looking to give them something to cheer about.
“It’s always great to fight in front of a bunch of people that support you. I love that, but it doesn’t really matter where it’s at,” said Revel.
“I just like to compete. Whether it’s home or away, I just love to compete.”
Short Notice Champ?
Davis, 32, stepped in on just two-and-a-half weeks notice to challenge for the belt after Revel’s initial opponent, Hamza Salim, was forced out due to injury.
But despite the shortened training camp and little preparation, Davis said he’s confident his game’s at a high enough level to come out on top.
“It would’ve been nice to have a six to eight week camp. That would’ve been ideal,” said Davis in an interview.
“But usually I stay in pretty good shape, eat pretty clean, and train regularly, so I feel pretty food for this.”
Davis trains out of one of the best gyms in Canada, Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA), and is able to work with high-level training partners on a daily basis.
Although he’s down in the experience department, Davis said he feels comfortable wherever the fight goes and is looking forward to showing what WAMMA is all about.
“It all depends what happens in the moment to see how it transpires. Obviously, I’d like to keep it standing, but I’m pretty confident on the ground,” said Davis.
“I roll with some high-level black-belts, my size and bigger, all the time and hold my own. I’m pretty comfortable and I’m pretty excited for this.”
With just three professional fights to his name, Davis said he’s excited to have a title shot so early in his career.
And while become the BFL middleweight champion would be an honour, Davis said he’s also excited to see what a victory over an opponent like Revel could do for his career.
“It’s more exciting fighting for a title. It gives you more of that fire under you,” said Davis.
“If I do beat him, with his record of 7-2, it’s definitely going to put me in the sights of some promotions where I’m going to be able to get some fights.”
“I’d just like to thank all my teammates and everyone that supports me.”
“I’d like to thank my main training partner Mariusz Ksiakiewicz, my coach and manager Curtis Brigham, and my sponsor Ocean Trailer.”