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Maroudas fighting fit for Wycombe show
WYCOMBE cage-fighter Mike Maroudas endured an anxious few days this week as he waited to find out if he would be fit for the biggest scrap of his career next month.
The 24-year-old was on course for his ninth victory from 12 fights on Saturday night, when a foot injury forced him to stay in his corner after round two.
Doctors thought it was broken as his foot swelled, and it wasn’t until an x-ray on Monday that Maroudas could relax.
He said: “I kicked his knee and my foot just ballooned up. I was walking on it and wanted to continue but doctors thought it was broken.
“I was a little worried, but I’ve got the all-clear now.”
And just as well.
On November 10 Maroudas has the chance to catapult himself into British title territory by beating Johnny Baynham in what will be Wycombe’s first fight-night extravaganza.
Eleven fights and two martial arts exhibitions are on the bill at Wycombe Sports Centre, but Maroudas is only focusing on one.
He said: “This will be my biggest fight and if I win I’ll set up a TKMMA British title shot in February.
“I’ll be back training at the end of this week so there are no concerns about my foot at all. I’m going to be the fittest and strongest I’ve ever been.”
Baynham is an unknown commodity, but Maroudas isn’t worried.
He said: “I don’t know much about him, but that doesn’t matter. I fight to my strengths, not his, and I won’t change my gameplan whatever he has.
“It’s a nice, local event and I’ll have lots of support from friends, family, everyone...I won’t disappoint them.”
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