Local fighter Jonathon Origan will be looking to take home his first national MMA title next weekend when he takes on Marty Kelly, an opponent well known to the Coolmine Martial Arts Club team, when they face off on Saturday, August 3 for Clan Wars’ ISKA lightweight title.
Origan is coming into the contest on a hot streak after winning his last two bouts, and the Blanch-based fighter believes his coaches, Luke Corcoran and Dean O’Sullivan, have him in perfect shape for the encounter.
“It feels like I’ve been in a training camp since Christmas,” said Origan.
“With every training session, I’m getting sharper. Luke and Dean have me in the best shape of my life.
“I’m delighted to be fighting for a title, I thought I might need one more win before getting the nod [to challenge for the lightweight crown], but when opportunities like this come along, you’ve got to take them.”
Marty Kelly previously fought explosive Coolmine bantamweight prospect Fran O’Kelly to a decision, and Origan is certain that his team mate’s loss will give him an extra incentive on the night.
“One thing that was clear from Fran’s fight is how strong and aggressive Marty he is. ‘Surrender’ isn’t a word in his vocabulary, but I think I match up well with him and Luke and Dean have come up with a game plan that we feel could be very affective.
“Obviously being in a fight team with Fran and having him as one of my key sparring partners, his loss to Marty will definitely keep me focused in training and I’d love to avenge his loss.”
With another teammate, one of the most promising amateurs in Dublin, Scobie Burke missing out on a controversial decision two weeks ago on Cork’s Battlezone card, Origan knows he must win the fight in the allotted time to prevent anything similar happening to him.
“It was daylight robbery what happened to Scobie,” said Origan. “It really opened my eyes to the reality of what can happen when fights go the distance.
“It’s my time now and even though we’ll be fighting in front of Marty’s home support in Belfast, I think I can get the job done.
“We’ve done our homework on Marty and we know what he’s capable of. Most people will have him as the favourite fighting at home, but I know I’m capable of giving him a shock on August 3.”