N.Z’s John Brewin set to compete at Brave 17
New Zealand lightweight John Brewin (3-0) will be both front row witness and a direct contributor to mixed martial arts history this weekend when Pakistan’s first international MMA event unfolds inside Lahore’s Nishtar Park Sports Complex.
The 24-year old will be making his second appearance for the Bahrain based promotion after an impressive debut in May at Brave 12 where he secured a second-round TKO victory over England’s Hardeep Rai.
Brewin will be taking on Egypt’s Ahmed “The Butcher” Amir (8-2). Amir is regarded as one of the top lightweights in the Middle East, and the 26-year-old will provide Brewin with the perfect opportunity to establish his name as a future title contender in Brave’s highly competitive lightweight division.
Brave Combat Federation, which only came to life in 2016, may not be as familiar to Kiwi MMA fans as the UFC, Bellator and ONE Championship, but since its inception the company has been delivering on its aim to help make MMA a genuinely global sport.
Morocco, Bahrain, Jordan, and Colombia are just a few of the countries Brave has held events in recently and with a rapidly expanding fan base and a growing roster of up and coming talents, the promotion looks set to continue to blaze its own path.
Brewin comes into this bout on a one-fight deal but will be hoping a strong showing against Amir could lead to him becoming a more permanent fixture at Brave events.
“It's a cool place to be fighting,” Brewin said in a recent interview.
At the moment I'm just getting this one fight done, and just stake my claim kind of one fight at a time, and then, wherever I end up is where I end up you know. However, here [Brave] is definitely an organization that I want to fight for some more. I can fight in different places overseas, and that's a goal you know.”
Brewin currently trains out of Bali MMA, one of the premier gyms in South East Asia. He moved to the Indonesian island earlier in the year, following a suggestion from his striking coach and fellow Kiwi Mike Ikilei, who also happens to be one of the gym’s head trainers.
It was a brave move by Brewin to pack up and leave his life in New Zealand for an uncertain future. However, it was a move Brewin felt he owed it to himself to make.
He had previously spent time in Thailand and Bali in 2017, training at different gyms and acclimatising himself to the lifestyle required of a professional fighter. So when Brewin’s plane touched down on the Indonesian tarmac at the start of the year he was fully aware of the life he was embarking upon.
“I'm basically just living hand-to-mouth type of thing and hustling my wheels, as a pro fighter, that's the commitment that I made really, “he said, talking about his decision.
“I told my parents and my girlfriend back home, ‘Look I'm going out there, I don't know if this is what everyone in their life needs to do, I don't know if this is what all fighters need to do, but I thought for myself, right I need to go and give it at least a year, or 2 years out in Asia where all I'm doing is fighting and trying to make a name [for myself].”
It is no idle chatter when Brewin talks about “hustling” his wheels as a professional fighter. Saturday’s bout will be his fourth this year, after earlier doing three fights in three months
“I keep telling the boys I’m always ready to go,” Brewin said when talking about his active schedule.
This weekend’s bout is shaping up to be the toughest outing to-date for Brewin, but speaking to him it is apparent that he has the confidence, the skills, and the personal grit to ensure that it will be his hand raised by the referee at the conclusion of the bout.
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