When Williams Lake’s Lloyd Kenny steps foot in the ring this Saturday in Vancouver to fight for the B.C. Muay Thai Heavyweight Title, he knows he’ll be calm.
The 20-year-old, 220-pound fighter said he’s in the best shape of his life, and is feeling great, mentally.
His opponent, Vancouver’s Jonas Kwiatkowski, a six-foot-seven, 230-pounder, isn’t one to be taken lightly, Kenny stressed.
“He’s very decent,” Kenny said. “He’s not fast, he’s just a really big guy. The guys he’s put down are pretty reckless so I’ve got to go out there and be cautious.
“I can’t go out there and try to kill him. I have to go out there and think about what I’m doing, which I feel pretty good about. I have a lot of clarity right now.”
Kenny said he’s been doing extensive cardio and conditioning work, along with his normal fight preparation routines. Additionally, he’s been working with some Williams Lake Boxing Club members and travelling to Vancouver to train with sparring partners.
“My last fight was in November, but it’s [training] something I’m always doing,” he said. “I’m the only guy at the gym on the treadmill for an hour and a half. Right now my body conditioning is better. I feel better, my muscles feel better, all that.”
Kenny stressed he isn’t putting too much pressure on himself to win the fight, however.
“The biggest thing I want to get across is it’s still amateur,” he said. “I only have six or seven amateur fights so I’ve got a long way to go. It’s a stepping stone, but to me it’s just a learning experience.
“I really want to win, but if I lose I’m not going to go ‘Oh, that’s the end of my career.’ It’s a big thing but I don’t put too much pressure on myself.”
Kenny added he’s grateful for the training of Williams Lake Muay Thai trainer Paul Rosborough, who’s been working with him for the past couple of years.
“With Paul there’s been a lot of learning,” he said.
“It’s a lot of time I’ve put into the sport and it’s really nice to see that it’s all coming together. All the effort, all the work is meaning something at this point in time, so it’s nice.”
The bout is a part of a Muay Thai Kai Singthong card titled Muay Thai Challenge, being held at Vancouver’s Maritime Labour Centre. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7:30 p.m.