By Dave Mathieson
SPRINGHILL - Traveling throughout the Maritimes to watch Justin Bourgeois fight in the cage is old hat for family and friends.
But when Bourgeois fights at the Brawl at the Border in Amherst on May 9, the Springhiller will have an even bigger throng of familiar faces to cheer him on.
"There will be a lot more pressure fighting in front of a home crowd but I'll use that to my advantage," said Bourgeois.
Bourgeois will put his 2-2 win-loss record up against Montreal's Serge Tufgeniz, whose record stands at 3-2.
"He has a blue belt in Brazilian Jujitsu so he's known for his groundwork," Bourgeois said. "But two of his wins came by TKO, so he is also a good standup fighter."
Bourgeois' strategy is to wear his opponent down.
"I'm going to go out their and lay it all on the line," Bourgeois said. "I'm going to break him."
Bourgeois plans to break his opponent by bringing an arsenal of tools into the cage.
"My strengths were always my boxing and my wrestling so I've always been more accustomed to fighting from the top," Bourgeois said. "But I've really been working on fighting from my back, so that's becoming another strength.
"As long as I come prepared I think I'm going to have a lot more tools to put on the table than him."
Despite all the training, Bourgeois knows anything can happen in the cage.
"You can be well prepared, both mentally and physically, but the sport is unpredictable," Bourgeois said. "Once you're in the cage you can sometimes find yourself adapting to new situations."
Bourgeois trains with his Team Havoc teammates at the Cumberland Freestyle Academy in Amherst.
"We have a good group of guys here to train with and Jeremy (Bourgeois' brother) is up here for the summer from Halifax, so he's been helping me a lot also."
Other local fighters who will enter the cage at the 12-bout, Brawl at the Border are John Hachey, Josh Strickland Jeremy Henry, Brian Johnson and Jarrod Fraser.
"It's going to be a good show," Bourgeois said. "Win, lose or draw, I plan on putting on a good show and, at the end of the night, if people go away saying, 'That was a good fight,' that's all I can hope for."
Advance tickets for the fight are available at Dooly's.
By Dave Mathieson
Organizations: Cumberland Freestyle AcademyTop of page