He punched his way to a first round TKO win over Nathan Wilson at Made4TheCage 7 and hopes to thrill fans once more at the latest installment against Laird (1-3).
Speaking ahead of the fight next month, the welterweight ace said: “I know that Neil will bring it on the day because he is a proper game lad from what I have read and heard so far and all I can say about the fight is I think it is going to be an exciting one because we are both going to bring it on the night.”
Unsurprisingly, the North East’s number one MMA event have sold out the show with arguably their most stacked card to date and Thirkell is looking forward to the prospect of fighting on such a card.
“I’m absolutely buzzing about fighting on Made4TheCage again because they pull out all the stops to bring in the best fighters from all over the country and further,” he stated. “It is really great to be part of such a well-organised event and Dale and his team do an awesome job.”
The Durham native, who remains always thankful to the support he receives not just from sponsor Amar Singh Maan of Maan brothers but also from his fiance and mother who continue to back him, acknowledged that although his training camp has gone well, he is expecting nerves ahead of the bout but insists this is something that will help him.
“My training camp has gone the way it always goes and I have just been working on every facet of my game and trying to leave no stone unturned,” said the 170lber. “I feel the same way about this fight as I do about every other and I do get nervous before a fight but I like that because it keeps me sharp and ready for the task at hand which is Neil Laird on February 16th.”
As well as the backing he receives from his sponsors and family, Chris also remains grateful for the help from training partners such as Warren Oliver, Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher, John Rutter, Phil DeFries and Robert ‘Buzz’ Berry and says that he would not be able to compete in the sport he loves without their continued support.