Ali Kocak – Ready For War
After six long months of training hard, Storm Damage Welterweight champion Ali Kocak (3-0) steps foot inside the cage again against “Lethal” Jon Leven at Brace For War’s Sydney event which takes place this weekend. “It’s been a very long and hard six month camp,” Kocak laughed. Focussing solely on being the best fighter that he can be, Kocak has been training relentlessly to ensure that he puts on a great performance in front of his friends and family.
For his fight against twenty-seven fight veteran – Leven, Kocak stepped his training up by training out of SPMA (Sinosic Perosh Martial Arts) in Sydney and although it meant commuting every weekend, Kocak knows that there are some sacrifices that he needs to make. “It’s been hard driving from Canberra to Sydney. It’s especially hard after sparring,” he laughed. “You have to train with the best to be the best though,” not only did he move his camp to Sydney for this fight but Kocak also spent some time in Thailand at the acclaimed Tiger Muay Thai.
Although Leven is riding an incredible fourteen fight losing streak, Kocak is not discounting that anything can happen inside the cage. “I am not taking this fight easy,” Kocak explained. “He is a vet of the sport and I think it’s a good test for me to see where I am at.” On the fight itself Kocak wanted to make his intentions clear, “I am going out there to impress. There are so many big names on this card and going out there right before Damien Brown and Rob Hill, I want to set the stage and give the fans a hell of a show.”
Holding the Storm Damage Welterweight championship means that there is a possibility that we will see Kocak fight at least one more time this year, his plans though are not set in concrete. “I am looking forward to taking some time off after this fight, it’s been a long and hard camp,” he stated. “I am just going to focus on this fight and see where that takes me,” Kocak continued.”I am looking to fight the best people that I can and just keep working hard.”
To be able to take time off from full time work, Kocak has a great group of sponsors such as Yarralumla Turkish Halal Pide House and Korefitness who make it possible for him to take his training wherever he needs to take it in his efforts to become the best fighter that he can be. Not only was Kocak thankful for the training and support out of SPMA Sydney but also the training that he has had out of Stockade in Canberra, every little bit of training that he can get in helps him develop his skills and Kocak knows all too well that you are only as good as the fighters you train with.
Saturday night marks the night those six long months of hard work will pay off, Kocak doesn’t plan to leave Sydney without another win under his belt and is looking to extend his undefeated streak to four wins. It’s going to be a big night for Kocak who has it firm in his mind that all of Sydney is going to see exactly what he can do inside the cage!