Coming off a successful amateur boxing and MMA career, it’s not a surprise that light-heavyweight prospect Julius Anglickas picked up a win in his first pro fight earlier this year.
Against veteran Eric Crittendon at Shamrock FC in January, Anglickas was able to use is training for the fight to figure out his opponent and pick up a 37-second TKO victory.
“Eric had quite a bit of pro fight experience, but coming into it I was very relaxed,” Anglickas told MMAWeekly.com. “I watched his videos and he threw a lot of kicks, so I figured to keep my distance, and when he kicked I knew I could deal with it. When the moment was right, I moved in and finished it.”
Prior to making his pro MMA debut, Anglickas had managed to pick up quite a few accolades on the amateur scene, and feels his time there helped tremendously.
“I think it had a real positive impact,” said Anglickas. “It was good to jump in and have title fights and boxing fights. It was good to me the way I was building fight-by-fight, and I was doing well in them.
“I won the Golden Gloves (in boxing), Fight Hard (MMA) title, and won a national (MMA) tournament. It was good dealing with the pressure and performing with it. At the same time, I was fighting high-level guys, so I feel it was the right step to do before moving up (to pros).”
For his second pro fight, Anglickas (1-0) returns to Shamrock FC on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., to take on veteran Matt Foster (6-8) in a main card 205-pound bout.
“When I look at him, he’s had some fights at 205 and at 185, so he could be a smaller guy, but at the same time a ….View full article