Avi Jack looking to make amends in middleweight return at FCC 20

It can be hard to believe how fast time can go when involved in a sport. You can be at a peak and, just as you blink, you’re at the cornerstone of a career. For Avi Jack (7-8), a string of losses in 2015 left him questioning how much more he could give when on the receiving end of defeat.

In light of each unfortunate outcome, the middleweight scrapper would eagerly jump back in to attempt to right the recent wrongs, but each fight was taken for all the wrong reasons.

“2015 was not a good year fighting-wise,” Avi confessed. “After the Denniston Sutherland fight, I was just taking those fights for fun. I didn’t train at all for those last three fights. No disrespect to my opponents intended, but my head wasn’t in the right place and I took three bad losses on the bounce.”

Almost three years on, Avi is back and in a much better place. When you’re out for almost three years, as important as the question is of why someone leaves, what’s more important is why they’re back.

For Jack, it’s all personal; something he can’t quite put into words. To him at least, he knows he still has a lot left in the tank and beginning this Saturday, Avi’s resurgence looks to take shape as he battles Nathias Frederick (5-2) in the main event of FCC 20, looking to show a different Avi Jack than previously displayed.

“To be completely honest I don’t know my motivation for fighting,” the fifteen-fight veteran revealed. “All I know is I have an urge to train hard and compete again. You can expect me to be a lot more aggressive and proactive from the first bell in this fight. I think in the past I’ve been guilty of starting slowly and sometimes it’s cost me fights. I think with the right people around me and in the right frame of mind I can be a nightmare for any middleweight out there and I’m ready to show that.

“I see a good fighter when I look at Nathius; he’s solid in most areas, but I know I’m better. I’m going to be aggressive from the get-go. This will be a fast paced fight.”

If there’s one thing for certain, the Manchester combatant appears to have a fire lit under him once again. Well aware of his goals for 2018, Avi plans to take all comers and put the UK 185-pound division on notice.

“When I win this fight I’ll be looking to take on whoever fancies it,” Avi divulged. “Goals-wise, by the end of 2018 I plan to be back in the top twenty middleweights in UK and creeping into that top ten. I’m very much feeling ready to make a statement this year and it begins on Saturday.”