AS my fight camp has turned out to be longer than planned, I’ve been relying on video games to save my sanity a bit while I’m out here.
I think a lot of athletes play video games because they can be really relaxing in the down time when you’re both physically and mentally exhausted.
They’ve been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I had a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, a Commodore Amiga, and as for consoles, pretty much every console you can think of over the years, I’ve had one! I worked my way through 8 bit, 16 bit, 32 bit consoles, but my current console of choice is my PlayStation.
In the last year or so I’ve not played as much as perhaps I would have done previously. Buddy takes up a lot of my time – which I love! He’s very active with an appetite for danger so he keeps me on my toes! And of course I’ve been busy with my newer enterprises like Rise of Champions, Pioneer Sports Press and of course, writing these blogs!
There was a time when I became a bit addicted to World of Warcraft. I played it for about eight years. I’m a very competitive person so found it hard to put it down, so I’d vow to go cold turkey, then they’d bring out a new expansion and I’d be hooked again!
I’d be rushing home to make sure I did my daily quests. I steer away from the more competitive games now – I would have to the best kitted out guy on COD and so on. You have to invest a lot to be the best, and I would be all too willing to do it!
Most of the games I play now are single player games like Witcher 3, Fall Out 4, and I’ve just started playing Uncharted 4. I do all the side quests and collect everything available – I’m a completist!
Apart from that I play online games, specifically Clash of Clans. I have my own clan, the ‘One Punch Army’. It’s made up of fans, fellow fighters, people I went to school with – all sorts. I’m always recruiting for my clan, but I won’t just take any old riff raff!
I had an eye test today and the doctor said mine was the best eye sight he’d ever seen. So, I am living proof that all that stuff your parents tell you about having square eyes is b******t!
But when I’m not in front of the screen I do like to think I can turn my hand to pretty much any sport. Mike (Brown, my coach) and I have been playing some basketball and tennis on our days off lately.
The only sport I can’t entertain is golf. Because it requires a lot of patience and time, I refuse to play it until I have the time to dedicate to it. One for my retirement years perhaps!
Football will always be my main sport. I used to fancy being a professional football player and played to a pretty decent level but a knee injury finished off those dreams. Of course I am a Spurs fan, and we had a good season last year. But no matter how well we do, Arsenal always seem to beat us. I would rather finish further down the table if it meant them being below us. The pay-off would be worth it!
I’ll be spending some time watching the fights this weekend. On Friday night my good friend Sirwan Kakai will be fighting Joe Warren at Bellator 161.
He had an unlucky run in the UFC – his record was 1-1 when he was cut, but I think this fight is going to be good for him. Stylistically I think it’s a great match up! I’ve known him for years and helped him train for a long time. I brought him out here to ATT with me and now he lives out here.
Then on Saturday night I’ll be watching my teammate Dustin Poirier’s first main event since 2012.
It’s a big deal for him, and a tough fight, but I’m confident he’s going to come out on top! Good luck to both Sirwan and Dustin!