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Cage Warriors 62: Johns v Brum

24/09/2013

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CWFC bantamweight champion Brett Johns (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

NEWLY-CROWNED Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Brett Johns has put pen to paper for his first title defence, just over a week after clinching the gold.

Johns (9-0) will put his belt on the line against James Brum on Saturday, December 7, 2013, when Cage Warriors Fighting Championship travels to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, for what’s currently scheduled as CWFC 62.

Undefeated Johns climbed to the summit of the CWFC bantamweight division at Cage Warriors 59 in Cardiff on September 14, when he overcame both David Haggstrom and Jordan Desborough in the same evening to win the promotion’s four-man 135lbs title tournament.

Despite enduring a gruelling eight rounds on the night en route to winning the title, the 21-year-old Welshman has wasted no time in scheduling his next outing, with a mouthwatering clash against Brum booked for CWFC’s first ever show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

A judo black belt, Johns debuted for Cage Warriors last October as a featherweight, when he impressively overcame Sam Gilbert by unanimous decision. His next CWFC win came via second-round TKO at the expense of James MacAlister at Cage Warriors 54 in May.

“James Brum has been at the top of this division for a while, he’s someone I’ve watched over and over again,” said Johns. “He’s a sound guy too and a win over him would be huge for me. That’s exactly why I wanted to fight Brum. I can’t wait already.”

Brum (13-2) earns his shot at the CWFC bantamweight title after putting together a 6-0 streak under the Cage Warriors banner since making his debut for the promotion in February 2012.

Bantamweight title challenger James Brum (Photo: Dolly Clew | Cage Warriors)

A 26-year-old native of Portsmouth, England, Brum is the highest-ranked European bantamweight outside the UFC and hasn’t tasted defeat since facing current UFC star Erik Perez back in September 2011.

Brum was named CWFC Fighter of the Year for 2012, courtesy of victories over Leandro Gontijo, Thomas Back, James Saville and Moktar Benkaci, before continuing his winning streak this year against Olivier Pastor and - most recently, at Cage Warriors 58 in Chechnya last month - Ruslan Abiltarov.

Brum said: “Brett Johns deserved to win the title at Cage Warriors 59, but now he’s in with the sharks and I’m the biggest shark in the division. After six fights abroad for Cage Warriors, I’m excited by the prospect of returning to the UK to fight for what I believe is my title.

“For me, this has ‘Fight of the Year’ written all over it. I guarantee that on December 7 in Newcastle, I’ll be walking into that cage the challenger and walking out the new Cage Warriors bantamweight champion of the world.”

Keep track of Cage Warriors on Facebook and Twitter for ticket details and more updates on what’s set to be an unmissable event in Newcastle, for which more exciting bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

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