There are many reasons to fight. Some chase glory, others honour and the rest do it for the love of it.
In Cayman it’s hard to keep any of those sentiments front and centre with a mixed martial artists scene struggling to get in gear consistently.
However, two young Caymanians are using their love of fighting and MMA as a guide in an upcoming fight.
Tomorrow night Flloyd Moxam and Leif Bodden are set to fight at Proving Ground V at King Sports Centre at 7pm.
Moxam is set to fight Ronny Carroll of team Ironshore for the newly instituted welterweight division (165 pounds) crown. Bodden is slated to face fellow Caymanian Jermaine Ebanks in a middleweight (185 pounds) rematch from Proving Ground IV.
Moxam has been in training since February for this event, when it was originally slated to go off in April. Bodden has done light training this year and got into serious training in the last six weeks.
Weight issues have been a common theme for both this month. Moxam has had to gain some 10 pounds to meet the new weight in his class while Bodden was some 20lbs over his class limit.
Both men are training partners and spar primarily in Moxam’s home-built gym which features weight machines, a sparring mat and miscellaneous MMA equipment.
The duo have mixed feelings on their upcoming fights. For Moxam his title fight feels rushed.
‘It is an honour to fight in this title fight but I wonder if I deserve it. I would rather have four or five one round fights in one night as part of a grand prix tournament to decide who is the best versus being one of two guys seemingly chosen at random.
‘I understand the Cayman talent pool is not deep but to me having this title fight so soon is questionable to say the least.’
Bodden on the other hand is eager to fight again to keep active, no matter his opponent.
‘I heard Jermaine wanted a re-match and I agreed to it. There hasn’t been a lot of communication though so I haven’t had a lot of time to prepare.
‘I personally don’t care about weight, I just want to fight. Before you’re called champion you have to earn it. I think I have a far ways to go, like six more wins.’