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Thursday, 13 June 2019 22:18

Watson in no rush to turn pro despite dominance at the the amateur level

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BANGOR - Ever think of picking up a new hobby, perhaps mixed martial arts? Glory Watson gave it a go about a year ago and hasn't looked back.

“It’s a strange feeling to be good at something you never even imagined yourself doing,” Watson said.


At 4-0, Watson has quickly risen to the top of the New England amateur ranks.


“I’m not just here for fun this isn’t casual for me this is my life so I get beat on a little bit more,” Watson said in regards to her training sessions.


She has another big fight next weekend and a win could get her closer to the pros. But, she’s not looking too far ahead.


“Thinking about going pro, it’s not really in the forefront of my mind. I’m kind of focused on what I’m doing right now and all of my career is in my coaches hands if I go pro it’s up to him. If I stay amateur it’s up to him,” she said.


As much as Watson has grown in cage. The opportunity to fight served as an escape one that opened a new chapter of her life.


"So when it started out I was in a relationship with a guy. A very nice guy just not good for me, a little bit controlling I started lying to him saying I was going to the school when I was going to the gym," Watson said.


That little white lie has given Watson everything. She discovered her passion and met her fiance at the gym, which makes all the fight week pain worth it.


“Mentally I’m tired, physically I’m tired and I’m hungry. Not thirsty yet, give me a couple more days and I will be but in general I feel alright. Coach has said I’ve had some of the best performances the past couple days which is nice because I don’t feel like it I feel beat up I feel done,” she added.


Watson will fight Caree Hill (4-1) of Team Quest in Portland, Oregon at NEF All American on June 22nd. 

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