“I like the role of being the underdog better. If you’re a favorite, and you go out there and bully a guy around and gas out and get beat, that doesn’t look good. I’ve been a favorite exactly once, which was my last fight with Doerksen, and I lost.”
Those of you holding out for one of his patented walk-out performances will be peeved by this, but when Tom Lawlor shows up for his bout with Patrick Cote, he’ll be ushered into the Octagon on the sly. No fanfare. No leashes. No impersonating Dan “The Beast” Severn dressed as Apollo Creed from Rocky IV dancing out to the horn-blasts of James Brown’s “Living in America.”
He is the first live-air preliminary bout on Spike, so he’ll just show up in the cage ready to go. But you know, Lawlor says there’s a silver lining to bummers such as these.
“The good thing about it is, in the past, in my previous fights, I think I’ve gone through a five-minute walk-out,” he says. “It’s like fighting, like fighting an extra round. So that by the time the fight starts I’m already in the second round and I’m already gassed, and I’m fighting a guy who’s fresh. So this time with no intro music or anything, my heart rate will be low and I’ll be nice and calm.”
“I’ll be quite honest—I trained real hard, but in the past it’s been hard for me to stay away from partying,” Lawlor says. “Like two weeks before my last fight I was out partying at a nightclub, just going crazy. I’ve kind of tried to get away from that a little bit. I didn’t underestimate Doerksen; I just thought I had an answer for everything that he was going to do. One thing I couldn’t go ahead and make up for was the amount of experience he had, and composure.
“And really that’s where I lacked. There’s no way to play catch-up once a fight’s going. I threw everything I had at him, and he’d seen it all before. It’s not like the fact that he was a late replacement took a toll on me, I think it was the fact that he was a late replacement with 60 fights.”
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