Bur­ton set­ting sights on gold

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - MMA SHEL­DAN KEAY

MIXED mar­tial artist Carl Bur­ton will be go­ing for gold when he takes part in the IMMAF Am­a­teur World Cham­pi­onship 2015 in Las Ve­gas next month.

The Macclesfield fighter will com­pete at ban­tamweight for the United King­dom in the tour­na­ment from July 6 to July 11.

It will be the sec­ond straight year that Bur­ton will be in ac­tion at the event, fin­ish­ing in third place in 2014.

The cham­pi­onships are held in con­junc­tion with a ma­jor UFC event that week, and Bur­ton is hop­ing to reign supreme.

“It’s a huge op­por­tu­nity to show­case my skills so it’s an hon­our to be se­lected,” he said.

“I came third last year and that left a bit­ter taste in my mouth as you can never win a bronze medal, you can only lose a bronze.

“I went there with the in­ten­tion of get­ting my hand raised at the end of the tour­na­ment and this time around I’ll know ex­actly what I’m head­ing into.

“I per­formed well but then I came up against quite an ex­pe­ri­enced wrestler last year that just ran through pretty much every­body.

“There is a good pos­si­bil­ity we will meet again this year but I won’t go out there look­ing for re­venge.

“If it comes along it comes along but I will rel­ish any chal­lenge that I am given and I’m cer­tainly not afraid to fight any­body.

“I’m the only per­son to get re-se­lected from last year’s squad so that’s an achieve­ment that I’m quite proud of.

“It’s great to be com­pet­ing in Las Ve­gas along­side a UFC event too, es­pe­cially when you get to be shoul­der to shoul­der with some of those high cal­i­bre fighters.”

Along with pre­par­ing him­self for next month’s event, Bur­ton trains oth­ers at his 12 Gauge Mar­tial Arts gym in Macclesfield.

That co­in­cides with him also hav­ing a full-time job, and Bur­ton ad­mits it is hard to bal­ance ev­ery­thing whilst try­ing to raise money for the trip too.

“It is tough find­ing the time to do ev­ery­thing as I have three jobs es­sen­tially,” he said.

“We have to find our own spon­sors to help fund the trip as well so that can be quite frus­trat­ing.

“Peo­ple seem to for­get that this is ba­si­cally our Olympics, but be­cause we are com­pet­ing in MMA then some peo­ple deem the sport to be un­eth­i­cal.

“I’m ba­si­cally hav­ing to fork out £1000 of my own money to get punched in the face, so that is al­ways go­ing to leave a bit of a sour taste in my mouth!

“I have re­ceived a lot of sup­port from my cur­rent spon­sors Chrome Mo­tors, East Cheshire Mort­gages and Rustic Cof­fee though.

“Louis’ Gym, Mec Con­struc­tion and JG’s Win­dows have helped to spon­sor me too so I want to say thank you to them all for help­ing to get me to Las Ve­gas.”

Bur­ton cur­rently has a Go­FundMe page run­ning on his ‘12 Gauge Mar­tial Arts Macclesfield’ Face­book web­site for any­body who wants to help con­trib­ute to his jour­ney.

‘I’m the only per­son to be re-se­lected from last year’s squad so that’s an achieve­ment I’m quite proud of’

●● Mixed mar­tial artist Carl Bur­ton

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