Ahead of the biggest fight of his life, Jeremiah “The Kid” Labiano seemed relaxed, calm, and confident as he spoke to The Scrap about his upcoming fight at Bellator London.
He’ll face off against popular Irishman, James Gallagher, in a highly anticipated catchweight bout. This huge stage appears to suit Labiano who boldly predicted a quick finish when fight night comes, he said, “It will be done inside two rounds.”
Iron sharpens iron.
The recently married Labiano has left no stone unturned during this fight camp. Based out of Crispim BJJ/MMA, he has been lucky to have a modern boxing great in camp helping him prepare for this fight.
“Training has been great,” said Labiano. “Andre Ward has been in camp for 8 weeks.” With such high-level training Labiano believes his hands are sharper than ever, adding another bow to the 32-year-old California native’s already impressive skill set.
Whilst he finds elite boxing partners at home, “The Kid” travelled further afield to find high level Muay Thai training. A recent visit to Tiger Muay Thai, in Thailand allowed Labiano to get in some tough rounds with UFC bantamweight contender Petr Yan, who was also visiting the renowned gym.
In what seems like a perfect fight camp, with high-level training and elite-level sparring, Labiano even managed to squeeze in his wedding.
It’s easy to see why he enters this fight confident of making quick work of the brash James Gallagher.
Talk is cheap.
James Gallagher is known for his confident (some may say cocky) persona in the lead up to his fights. The trash talk heading his way doesn’t bother Labiano, who see’s weakness in Gallagher’s incessant internet trolling.
“You can tell he’s scared. He’s on my Instagram. Why would he be doing that if I’m not in his head.”
As far as “The Kid” is concerned, talk is cheap and whilst he has backed it up by giving the likes of Ricky Simon and Joe Soto all they can handle. James Gallagher has not been able to do the same against stiff opposition. “The only real fighter he’s faced is Ricky Bandejas and we all saw what happened in that one,” said Labiano.
Jeremiah hopes to inflict a similarly devastating defeat upon Gallagher and move on to bigger and better things. In term of what’s next? Well that’s already very clear in the mind of Labiano. “I want in that featherweight tournament” he said.
The 16-man Featherweight Gran-Prix is the biggest in Bellator history, with the winner collecting $1 million in prize money. As we already know, talk is cheap and Labiano will have to back it all up to become only the second man to defeat the 22-year-old Irish prospect in order to move onto the tournament later this year.
Potential riches await in victory for “The Kid” who is on the brink of big things under the Bellator banner.
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The Scrap’s Jordan Ellis of Liverpool, UK is a lifelong fight fan and aspiring writer. Covering all things MMA and Boxing, you can follow him on Twitter (@JordanEllisUK) for daily fight news and content.