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MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: A late call-up, but Oskar ready to take his chance
TROWBRIDGE brawler Oskar Rozwens is hoping he can seize his big break with both hands when he fights on the Ultimate Challenge MMA (UCMMA) promotion in London tomorrow night, writes DAN BARNES.
The 23-year-old, who fights out of the Revolution Gym on Court Street, has stepped in at two weeks’ notice to take on London Shootfighters’ Michael Shipman (1-1) on UCMMA 38 at the Troxy, which will be headlined by reality television star Alex Reid’s clash with Tony Giles.
Rozwens, who moved from Poland three years ago, notched up three wins and one defeat as an amateur and tasted victory on his pro debut as he beat Paul Payne by guillotine at Swindon Fightclub ‘Caged’ last October.
Now the Trowbridge fighter, who also trains at the Contender boxing gym on Church Street and Gracie Barra Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym in Bath, says he’s ready to step things up a gear and hand out some punishment in the capital.
“It’s a big show and a big opportunity for me – I’ve been waiting for a chance like this for a long time,” said Rozwens.
“My background is in muay thai and I moved on to doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu. About two years ago, I started doing MMA.
“I only had two weeks’ notice for the fight but I decided that I wanted to do it.
“The fight is at welterweight, which is 84kg and that’s good for me because it’s my natural weight – my pro debut was at 77kg and that was a lot more difficult.
“I’m feeling fit and good and I’m looking forward to Saturday.”
Revolution Gym instructor Scott Clist added: “As a coach, I can’t wait to see Oskar make his UCMMA debut, but I get more nervous when my students fight than when I fight myself. This is a big step for him but I know he can do it.”
Rozwens, who trains Monday to Friday and works part-time for a security firm, is currently sponsored by RS Security and Phoenix Computer Systems of Trowbridge, Johnson’s PTS personal trainers of Bath, Save the Vinyl online clothes shop and Go Nutrition supplements.
Meanwhile, Clist (7-1) will be defending his Merthyr Mayhem welterweight title against Welshman Jamie Rogers in Merthyr Tydfil on March 31.
Then on May 3, the Revolution man will fight up to three times in one night as he battles it out for £15,000 of prize money at the All or Nothing 6 lightweight tournament at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds.
Both Rozwens and Clist are on the hunt for further sponsorship. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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