You won’t want to miss this one.
Lethbridge’s own Josh Heinz (3-1) will welcome Jared Henderson (4-4), fighting out of The Pas, Man., to the cage for a professional heavyweight showdown at Rumble in the Cage 58 Friday night in Lethbridge, Alta.
Between Heinz and Henderson, their seven combined professional wins have all come by knockout or TKO, which sets the stage for a potential slug fest.
“It’ll be an interesting matchup on who’s going to sleep first,” said Heinz in an interview.
“I plan on pushing the pace, keeping the timing, picking him apart and looking for that one shot to put him to sleep.”
Win or lose, Heinz, 30, has the benefit and pleasure of, once again, fighting in front of his loved ones and friends in his hometown.
He will be feeling good vibes when he enters the cage Friday night as all three of his victories have come in Lethbridge at Rumble in the Cage.
“I love fighting in front of the Lethbridge crowd. They’re always great,” said Heinz.
“Fighting for my coach and mentor’s (Lee Mein) promotion is something I love doing, and to do it in front of my wife and family is special.”
This will be Heinz’s first heavyweight bout of his professional career, with his previous four contests coming in the light heavyweight division.
Heinz said there’s multiple advantages for him moving up to heavyweight, including utilizing his speed, not having to endure a weight cut, and possessing more power.
“I used to cut a lot of weight to reach that 205-mark. It’s going to be nice not having to do that weight cut, and be feeling 100 per cent,” said Heinz.
“I’ll feel a lot better, and be stronger and more powerful.”
Henderson Has Fought The Best
While Heinz will be faster than a large amount of heavyweights, Henderson, 30, said the quality of his opponents over his career presented similar challenges with speed.
Henderson has previously shared the cage with the likes of Tanner Boser, Dustin Joynson, and Nick Campbell; three of the top heavyweights in the country.
“I’ve fought some of the top guys in Canada, and with him (Heinz) coming up, I don’t think it’ll be much of a change,” said Henderson in an interview.
“I still think it’s going to be a great heavyweight battle.”
After beginning 2017 with two straight losses, Henderson bounced back with a big first round knockout of Jordan Murray at Mercenary Combat League 1 in September.
Although the victory swung a little momentum his way, Henderson said he’s not approaching this fight with any sense of overconfidence.
“It absolutely brings up my confidence, but at the same time I’m going to be taking this one seriously,” said Henderson.
“I’m going to go in there and fight hard, as if I did lose my last fight.”
Three of Henderson’s four career knockouts have come in the first round, which is something he said he’s always pushing for when the cage doors close.
But if they both are able to sustain the damage early on without being knocked out, Henderson said he expects to have to go the distance.
“The way I fight, I expect to win in the first few minutes,” said Henderson.
“But if it doesn’t end in the first few minutes, I think it’ll be a three-round war.”