David ‘One More’ Round
David Round is a 25 year old mixed martial artist from Milford Haven in Wales. He has a black belt in kickboxing and also trains in wrestling. He now lives in Bournemouth and is training out of The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 winner, Jeff Lawson’s Ippon Gym. Being relatively new to the game, having been fighting for three and a half years, David says he originally got into the MMA world because of his love for fighting. He has a lot of respect for all fighters that get in the cage, including those that enter the cage as his opponent but also has respect for the older generation of fighters such as Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.
Going back to the memories of his first fight, he says he did have nerves as every fighter does but he learned how to channel them and believes they helped him in the cage. David tells me his nerves start to creep in about four weeks out of fight night and they last a few days but by the third week he finds himself over them.
David was due to fight Jack Magee this month but the fight has been put back to March when he will face Jack at Shock n Awe 10. Of Jack, David says he has a lot of respect for him and knows that most of his wins are by submission whereas most of his are by KO/TKO. He continues to tell me that Jack has lost by TKO in the past and David has lost by submission so he feels this is the perfect match up for them both. His intention in this fight is to stand up for the first round to ‘smash’ Jack up and then go for the take down and win by submission. He wants to show the crowd that he can win by means other than KO/TKO.
David has a twelve week training programme prior to his fights which consists of four weeks of long, slow runs and weight training. The next four weeks concentrate on shorter, faster runs with high explosive training and conditioning and also cardio, stamina and hard sparring. The following three weeks consist of fast pace runs, pad work and technical sparring and on the final week he concentrates on his weight cut.
Not a lot of fighters seem to have pre-fight rituals but David does. Once he has weighed in he always has his hair shaved and, wait for it…………paints his toe nails! He then has a full English breakfast on the morning of the fight. When it is time to prepare in the evening he always has his right hand taped first and does the same when putting his gloves on.
Of his friends and family, David tells me they are extremely supportive of him and says his parents are the best and never miss him fight. His friends are always willing to travel to see him fight whatever the distance so David feels very lucky to have such a loyal following.
I wondered if David could offer any advice to new fighters or if he has learned anything from his time training and fighting and he says the most important thing is to find a good camp to train at and to make sure the fight preparation is spot on.
All that is left to do is thank David for his time, wish him luck for March. And whilst on thank you messages, David would like to thank Westcoast Gym and Gary Cross from G4MMA. Thanks also go to Jeff Lawson and Ippon Gym. He would also like to thank Myra Roofing, MMA Apparel, Granicol, Famweld and Freemans for his sponsorship.
For more information on how to purchase tickets for Shock n Awe 10 on Saturday March 3rd 2012 please visit http://www.shocknawe.co.uk