Andrew Clamp: I think he’s just holding on to a bit of hope for himself

Andrew “The Vice” Clamp (8-1-0) may not brag or showboat on stage but he remains quietly confident that he can cause an upset and defeat Chris “The Housewives Choice” Fields (11-7-1) in front of a hostile Irish crowd.

The two fighters meet in the BAMMA 27 co-main event on Friday night for the vacant BAMMA world light-heavyweight title, which was vacated by Paul Craig recently when he signed with the UFC.

Fields has been vocal in his assessment of Clamp, saying that he has no experience of fighting in a big arena and that the Englishman is not of the same calibre.

But Clamp believes that Fields is holding on to ‘hope’ more than anything.

“I think he’s just holding on to a bit of hope for himself really. The crowd’s not in the cage are they? Like I say it’s just me and him. I’ve fought in front of home crowds before, I’ve fought in arenas in front of thousands of fans. It doesn’t matter. This is why I do it, it’s all part of the game,” he said.

Speaking to Fightstore Media after today’s press conference he was critical of Fields and looks forward to proving a point in the 3 Arena.

“I think he has done a lot but I don’t believe he’s done enough ever. I’ve got a habit of winning and getting belts so I don’t ever see that changing.

“I’ve fought three times this year already and I don’t really have much time off in between. He’s been training since March but he’s not had any fights while I have. There’s a big difference between training and fighting and I’ve been fighting a lot more than him.”

Confident in his own ability he believes that the belt is already his and commented on what it will feel like to raise the belt.

“It will feel phenomenal, like I say raising that in the 3 Arena will be a perfect ending to the year for me and my coach.”

You may think that the hostile atmosphere from the home crowd would un-nerve him heading into the contest but he remains fully focused on the task at hand.

“A crowd’s a crowd. It doesn’t matter, I know it will be electric and I’ll definitely feel that energy and positivity from it. I’ll take that and use it.

Raising the belt on Friday night would set up the prospect of an exciting 2017 for the promising combatant.

“It would set me up lovely for next year and I’d like to have a few defences. You can only look at the last champion, Paul Craig, he’s gone straight to the UFC with that so the future is bright.”

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Alastair Magee

Recent Journalism graduate with a passion for covering martial arts. Giving amateur and professional fighters in Ireland the coverage they deserve.

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