Coach Sean Madden has officially entered the last week of training camp. He’ll be the final fight on the preliminary card at Lion Fight 23 on Friday July 31st. The event will take place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in San Diego, California. Lion Fight is currently the premier Muay Thai promotion in North America, flying in top-level Thai boxers from across the world to fight in their shows. Sean’s first appearance on a Lion Fight card was last summer at their 4th of July show in Las Vegas. Lion Fight 23 is the biggest show they’ve put on since. Sean is excited to be part of such a major event again, and his selection for this card points to the fact that his hard training is paying off, and he belongs at this level of competition.
During this training camp, Sean has had the privilege of working with Tony Cummings, of Elevate Striking Systems. Tony has been in combat sports for about 15 years and is very much in tune with the current Muay Thai and kickboxing scene in the U.S. Sean says that Tony’s guidance has really helped him grow as a fighter this time around. While adequate training week in and week out is always necessary for success in the ring, a structured and well-thought-out gameplan for the fight itself is equally important. Sean’s opponent Devin Taylor is a Californian with an MMA record of 5-2. This fight will be his Muay Thai debut. Throughout this camp, they’ve tailored his training specifically for this opponent and this fight, and Sean is excited to put that on display on July 31st.
With the fight just days away, Sean’s training is essentially done. He has transitioned from a physically taxing regimen of two sessions a day, six days a week, into a meditative state of cerebral conditioning that will result in supreme mental clarity come fight day. Light training sessions consisting of drilling and mitt work will proceed through Tuesday; come Wednesday he’ll do a final ‘shake-out’ workout and make whatever necessary adjustments are needed before flying out to San Diego. The last hurdle to overcome will be the weight cut to 156 lbs. over the coming days.
For Sean, there is always a lingering thought in the back of his mind that he should have done more or still can do more to prepare. An upcoming fight will consume his consciousness for weeks. But that’s what it is to be a fighter. Victory is reserved for those who can embrace the near-obsessive mental attitude necessary to iron out every wrinkle in their game. Sean is going into this fight well prepared, and ready for action.
As he prepares to leave for California, Sean has this message for his training community:
“I want to say a big thank you to all of my teammates, coaches, training partners, sponsors, and friends that have helped me through this camp. I have a friend that always says, “It takes a village to raise a fighter.” It is definitely true. So many people are involved in making me a better fighter and preparing me for my fight, so I want to thank them. I will be fighting for myself, but also for them on Friday night. Thank you to Amal, Eliot, Mike, and Ian for supporting me and allowing me to chase my dream as well. I wouldn’t be anywhere without Easton.”
The undercard won’t be televised, but the main card will be on AXS TV beginning at 8:00 PM MST. You can follow Sean on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and results.
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