Jack Mason on Bellator 158 fight with Jason Radcliffe: “I can finish him in the first round”
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Essex MMA fighter Jack Mason gets to realise a career goal tomorrow night when he does battle at the world famous O2 Arena in London.
Mason, 33, meets the explosive Jason ‘The Assassin” Radcliffe on the preliminary card of Bellator 158, a show headlined by British star Paul Daley.
The fight comes after 10 years in the sport for middleweight Mason (29-15-1), and while he’s relishing the opportunity of going to war on a grand stage, he’s far from intimidated by the occasion.
“Fighting at the 02 is pretty cool and it’s a goal of mine which I’m going to achieve tomorrow night,” Mason said after weighing in at Picadilly Circus today, where he rubbed shoulders with boxing legend Lennox Lewis.
“But I’ve fought on a number of Cage Warriors cards in the Middle East which were in huge venues.
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“It just feels like another fight at the moment – I’m sure when we get to the O2 tomorrow it will be cool!”
As to the fight itself, Chelmsford’s Mason, who fights out of the BKK Fighters Gym in Colchester, feels he’ll have numerous advantages over Radcliffe (8-2), who has won most of his fights by stoppage.
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“He’s big and athletic but I’ve got a lot more experience and I’m pretty athletic myself, so I see myself walking away with a victory here,” said Mason, nicknamed “The Stone.”
“He’s not really fought anyone yet, but I can see he’s a dangerous guy.
“I think I can finish him in the first, but he’ll be a handful when he’s fresh.
“If it gets into the second round he’ll realise that I’m not just going to break and I’m not going anywhere, that’s when he might start to struggle,
“I think I’ll definitely have an advantage on the ground, but I think I can beat him on the feet as well.
“I’m confident, but I’m a veteran of this sport and I know anything can happen.”
Mason has signed a single fight deal with Bellator for tomorrow night, but isn’t thinking too far ahead.
“If I impress then maybe they’ll ask me to fight over in the States, but I’m also looking forward to fighting back with Cage Warriors. We’ll just see what happens,” he explained.
- You can watch Mason fight live on Spike TV tomorrow night from 5pm. He’s the fifth fight on the prelims. The main card will be on Channel 5 from 8pm.