Evan Jays fits the description of a high-end prospect to a ‘T’.
After 110 amateur bouts, he’s already posted four wins in six pro outings with those two defeats coming via a split-decision and a loss to Japanese legend Tomonori. So even in his setbacks, Jays is moving forward with his career. The next step comes on Saturday, November 18 when he gets back in the ring for Muay Thai Grand Prix presents Lion Fight 39. The 18-year-old will face Aaron McGahey in a featured super bantamweight bout on the main card of Lion Fight 39 taking place at the Indigo at O2 Arena in London, England.
Jays, who took up Muay Thai after starting out in karate and kickboxing, has learned as much from his two losses as he has from all his successes in pro and amateur (he went 98-12 in the amateur ranks). His education continues each time he gets in the ring.
“I fight because I love it. It’s all fun for me, win or lose. It’s all about learning,” said Jays. “The loss to Tomonori was a great learning curve for me.
“I am an all-round fighter. I can fight on the back foot or be aggressive. I am known for my clean technique. I am always working on new things in the gym and I am constantly working on improvements.”
Jays runs his own gym in Basildon, Essex, which allows him to constantly be in an environment in tune with his fighting career. The blossoming young star is likely to have quite a cheering section on hand for his bout at the Indigo, but that doesn’t change his approach or rattle him in any way. He is set on a game plan and sticking to it.
“There’s no added pressure for me,” he said. “Every fight is the same for me. You shouldn’t treat any fight differently. I’m going in there with the same thought I always have and that’s to win.”
Another victory would get Jays closer to his end goal of having a championship title strapped to his waist. He’s already a budding sensation on the Muay Thai Grand Prix circuit, and his fast-rising progress has certainly caught the attention of Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent. An upcoming victory would be an even greater enticement for Lion Fight to bring the British sensation across the ocean for a bout on American soil.
“It’s a complete honor that Scott wants to bring me over,” Jays noted. “I’ve been a big fan of Lion Fight for a long time now and to fight in the States has always been a dream of mine.”
Lion Fight’s first venture outside the United States and with its partner MTGP will air live worldwide on FloCombat.com at 7 p.m. London time and 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT in the U.S.
A double-title fight highlights the Muay Thai Grand Prix presents Lion Fight 39. Reigning Lion Fight cruiserweight champion Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard puts his belt on the line and also goes after the vacant MTGP crown as he takes on England’s undefeated star Jordan Smith. Three other MTGP titles will be on the line including the world featherweight bout which will see Lion Fight’s Amine “The Moroccan Freak” Ballafrikh take on MTGP’s Dean James. As well, Lion Fight middleweight contender Eddie Abasolo will make the trip to London to take on Jersey Pinto.
Tickets for Muay Thai Grand Prix Presents Lion Fight 39 are available at https://www.axs.com/events/342910/muay-thai-grand-prix-11-ft-lion-fight-39-tickets.