DENTON’S own mixed martial arts champion Izzy Mitchell is ready to take on the best in the world.
The 20-year-old, who can be seen working behind the bar at Denton West Cricket Club, will fly out to Bahrain on Saturday, November 9 to take her place at the IMMAF-WMMAA world championships.
And she heads to the Middle East even more qualified than she was when she booked her spot by winning the European Championships.
Izzy, who lives on Ash Road in Dane Bank, has been in an intensive training camp at her 12 Gauge base in Bredbury to make sure she is ready.
And the fact she will not know who she is facing until just before her junior lightweight title tilt only adds to the challenge.
Izzy said: “As there are five fighters currently in my division at this moment, I’m not aware who I’m fighting.
“And I won’t find out until the draw before fight day which presented a different challenge which is exciting as it will really test my skills in the octagon and putting together everything I’ve worked on.
“I’m excited to see all the team again as we have a really good bond, especially between the female team as we have met and trained throughout camp.
“I’m excited to see them all perform and am looking forward to getting in there and trying my best against the best fighters in the world.”
Izzy, who defeated Greece’s Arietta Ourania Tsaousi to win the title at the European championships in Rome to get to Bahrain, has been putting in the hours at 12 Gauge, where she trains for up to 18 hours a week normally.But the camp has left her confident of success, as well as a new qualification.
Izzy added: “The camp has gone really well and I’ve been working a lot in the areas I felt like I need to improve in order to give my best performance out in Bahrain.
“After the last week of hard training, we move into a lighter training being fight week.
“But I feel really good and as though my training is coming together and I just received my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu off my coaches Leo Neves, Matthew Thorpe and Alan Howcroft.”
Izzy has plenty of backing in Denton and many contributed to her appeal to raise £2,000 so she could travel to Bahrain.
And whatever happens, you can expect the student in nutritional sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University to be back behind the bar at Denton West in the future.