Before Justin “Tha Fort” Sumter goes for his fourth straight first-round finish when he faces Brian Sparrow at CES 44 on May 12 in Lincoln, R.I., LIVE on AXS TV, the hard-hitting Connecticut middleweight sat down with ProMMANow.
How happy are you with your first-round finish in your CES debut at CES 43 last month?
A lot of people are happy with it, but I’m a perfectionist, to be totally honest. It didn’t show my true potential. I feel like I was a little bit sloppy coming out of the gate. I’m looking to be much sharper and much more crisp with this next fight.
What should fans expect for this fight?
A more technical display. I’m going to do a better job of setting things up strategically than I was in my debut.
Is there any way this fight goes three full rounds?
I don’t think it’ll go three rounds. It might be a submission due to strikes, but I don’t know. That was my first submission due to strikes, which was pretty cool. If a submission is there, I’ll take it; if there’s a knockout there, I’ll take it. I just want to put on a good show for the fans; that’s No. 1.
What would you like to accomplish in 2017?
I just want to keep winning in the CES cage and improving with every outing; winning and improving is all I’m thinking about.