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Going the distance won’t be a problem, says Duffy


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DESPITE his reputation for finishing fights in the first round, Joseph Duffy says he’ll be fully prepared if his bout with Ivan Musardo goes the distance at Cage Warriors 44.

The vacant CWFC lightweight title will be at stake when Duffy (10-0-0) takes on the experienced 31-year-old Italian (17-6-1) in the co-main event at the HMV Forum in London on October 1. Both fighters will be keen to snatch the belt that was recently handed back by Matt Veach.

Duffy’s last outing was at Cage Warriors 43 in July when he secured a unanimous victory over fellow Irishman Francis Heagney after a pulsating encounter. Heagney is the only fighter to have taken the TUF 12 contestant beyond the first round in his professional career.

With a potential 5-round fight on the horizon, Duffy insists he hasn’t increased his focus on cardio during his preparations. The 23-year-old said: “Not really. In my last fight I felt I could have pushed on for another few rounds and I was only training for three, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be well prepared on that front.

“I haven’t changed a whole lot in my training, apart from a few tweaks here and there. My preparations are going well. I’ve still got a couple of weeks left and I feel like I’m peaking at the right time so I can’t wait.”

Duffy’s clash with Musardo, who has secured 15 of his 17 victories via submission, is likely to be the toughest fight of his professional career so far but the Irishman is relishing the challenge. “Each of my last few fights have been a step-up in competition but I’m confident in my ability and look forward to putting it to the test,” he said. “I’m expecting a tough fight from Ivan so I’m preparing for the full five rounds.

“Obviously you don’t get 15 submissions if you’re not dangerous on the ground but he’s not frightened to engage in any area so I’m training to be as well-rounded as possible. As the fights are getting harder I’m trying to make my training more specific to my opponent. I try to concentrate mostly on what I’m going to do but cater it to their weaknesses.”

As Duffy’s unbeaten streak has continued, the hype surrounding the Welsh-based lightweight has increased. “To be honest, it’s not something I take notice of,” he admits. “I tend to stay away from the forums and that kind of thing. I used to put a lot of pressure on myself but these days I just try to leave it all out there.”

Duffy added: “It’ll be a huge privilege to fight on a Cage Warriors show again. They’re going from strength to strength with every show. If you ask any fighter who has competed on a Cage Warriors show they will tell you how well we’re taken care of.”

To see Duffy in action in his title fight at Cage Warriors 44 at the HMV Forum in London on October 1, get your tickets HERE.

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