Home comforts for fighter Woolridge
Jermal Woolridge hopes to silence his critics the best way he knows how to with victory in the ring.
The San Shou (Chinese kick-boxing) fighter is set to do battle with Canadian Martello Jones during next month’s Teachers Rugby Football Club’s (TRFC) Fight Night XIV at Berkeley Institute School Gym.
And if all goes according to plan he hopes to extend his unblemished record (3-0) in front of the home crowd.
“You always want to win no matter where you are but especially at home, which could be a double-edged sword,” Woolridge said. “Fighting at home is definitely an incentive but it can either work for or against you because Bermudians are some serious critics.”
Woolridge, who captured a bronze medal at last year’s World Wushu Championships in Turkey, currently boasts an overall record of 11-4.
Jones is a Muay Thai fighter whose record currently stands at 9-4.
The K-1 kick-boxing rules, which includes punches, kicks and knees, will be in effect during the upcoming fight.
“San Shou includes take downs and Muay Thai includes elbows so the K-1 rules are typically used for fighters of different styles as it incorporates elements of various styles,” said Bermuda San Shou Association founder Garon Wilkinson.
Woolridge is currently training as many as four times weekly at Rego’s Gym in Warwick where he has been experimenting with his technique.
“I changed some things around that haven’t worked out as well as I thought they would,” he said. “But I am still going to stick to it and see how it pays off.
“In the fight game you are always tweaking and changing things and the only way to know if it works is sticking to the wicket and actually doing it in a fight. So even though I am not getting the results I was hoping to get at the moment I am still going to stick with it and see how it plays out for me.”
Woolridge, 29, hasn’t fought since winning Bermuda’s first medal at the World Wushu Championships last October.
However, he intends to intensify his training regiment in the final days leading up to his bout with Jones and get in as much sparring in the ring as possible.
“I haven’t done that much sparring,” he said. “But I do plan to step it up in the next few weeks to get myself back on point.”
Woolridge said he intends to approach his upcoming fight as he would for any other.
“My thoughts are always the same; go there on the day and be mentally and physically ready to just throw down. There’s really nothing more to it.”
As for his next opponent, the Bermudian said: “I don’t get all psyched up over my opponents. I just throw the chips in the air and them let them fall wherever they may.
“I never try to over plan or get all psyched up over my opponents.”
Woolridge’s fight will precede Teresa Perozzi’s WBA middleweight championship title defence against American April Ward.
Like her male compatriot, Perozzi is also currently working out at Rego’s Gym.
“I know what I need to do and physically and mentally I will be ready to fight,” she declared.
The mother of one landed the WBA middleweight belt after defeating American Lorissa Rivas on a split decision in Trinidad last December.
Tickets for TRFC Fight Night XIV, to be held March 10, can be obtained at the International Sports Shop and Pro Shop or online at ptix.bm.