Just five days from now, Brave Combat Federation will roll into Belfast’s SSE Arena to host their first ever fight card on European soil. The event is packed full of interesting battles but one fight in particular will stand out for many of the local fans. In the co-main event, Northern Ireland’s own “Stormin” Norman Parke (24-6-1) is set to face a familiar foe in Kilkenny native, “Magic” Myles Price (10-6-0).
I caught up with Parke to discuss the impact of fighting in front of his home fans, what has changed in the eight years since he last faced Price and to get his prediction of what will go down on fight night.
Tom Mulligan – How does it feel to be making your promotional debut for Brave in Northern Ireland of all places?
Norman Parke – I’m really happy to making my debut on Brave Combat Federation in my home country.
TM – You’re 4-0 when fighting in Belfast – what kind of impact does it have knowing that you have the fans behind you?
NP – Yes, I do have a good record in my home land. It’s not losing in front of my fans [which] gives me more determination to keep pushing forward.
TM – This fight against Myles comes just a couple of months after your Unanimous Decision win over Łukasz Chlewicki – how did you feel coming out of that fight and has it effected your preparation for facing Myles in any way?
NP – I came out of the fight with Lukasz with no injuries, once I got contact about me fighting for Brave in Belfast it was a no brainer as I’m injury free and a free agent.
TM – You’re carrying a significant experience advantage into the fight having fought on the biggest stages in the world for UFC, ACB, KSW – how much of a factor do you expect that to be when the cage door closes?
NP – This is going to be the difference [between Myles and I] in my opinion. I believe I am stronger everywhere than Myles, with no disrespect, I believe I will dominate this fight.
TM – It’s been eight years since you and Myles last faced each other – how much has your game grown since then?
NP – Back then we were both just starting out in our careers. He was more of a kickboxer back then but he has transitioned a lot into BJJ, he felt that’s what he needed to do and he’s had some good wins on the domestic scene. Back then I was more of a grappler but now I am a complete fighter, I have lots of experience against world [class] level opponents.
TM – What kind of approach are you expecting from Myles heading into the fight?
NP – [I’m] not really thinking about him to be honest. [I’m] just planning on implementing my game to shut him out. I’m well aware of his strong points and his weak points.
TM – What do you see as being the key to winning the fight and how do you see the fight ending? Any predictions?
NP – [The keys to winning are] heart and determination. I believe I will dominate this fight and will look for the finish to keep this ball rolling.
TM – If you could send one message to Myles ahead of the fight, what would it be?
NP – Good luck.
Brave 13 will take place at the SSE Arena, Belfast on June 9th and will be headlined by an intriguing Bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Stephen Loman and SBG’s Frans Mlambo.
Stephen Loman vs. Frans Mlambo (Bantamweight World Title)
Norman Parke vs. Myles Price (Catchweight)
Karl Amoussou vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro (Welterweight)
Andy Young vs. Bryan Creighton (Flyweight)
Declan Dalton vs. Zack Zane (Featherweight)
Mohammad Fakhreddine vs. Sidney Wheeler (Catchweight)
Erick Da Silva vs. Erik Carlsson (Catchweight)
Konrad Iwanowski vs. Glenn Irvine (Middleweight)
Saeed Younesi vs. Chad Hanekom (Middleweight)
Cian Cowley vs. Oktawian Olejniczak (Welterweight)
Ben Bennett vs. Adam Byrne (Catchweight)
Piotr Tokarski vs. Sam Slater (Featherweight)
Aidan James vs. Tommy Martin (Featherweight)
Jonathan Reid vs. Constantin Gnusarev (Lightweight)