Houston Hopes ISKA Title Win Leads To GLORY
Brian Houston will travel to Belgium on Feburary 2nd to challenge the reigning world 95kg Oriental Rules champion, Mamadou Keta, in his own backyard for the ISKA super heavyweight title.
It is a big challenge for Houston.It’s a risky challenge given he’s never fought at 95kg but the heavy-handed Mayhem Martial Arts fighter is confident he can bring the prestigious world title back to Derry.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity,” said Houston. “The head of ISKA in Ireland contacted my coach and he offered it to me and I couldn’t say no.
“I’m not going there to make up the numbers. I’m going over there to win!”
Houston was crowned a world amateur kickboxing champion at just 18 years old and boasts Irish senior, Commonwealth, Five Nations and European titles on his resume.
“It’s up to heavyweight this time but it doesn’t really matter. Once you get up over 90kg, any opponent can knock you out, so it doesn’t matter to me.
“I’m fighting at a heavier weight while this guy is coming down a weight. He might be stronger but I’m going to be faster.
“I’m not going to be stupid about it. I’m going to go in and fight smart. I’ve seen his videos and he throws big overhand rights so I’ll not do anything stupid and end up being caught. I’ll pick him off and, hopefully, finish him in the later rounds.”
Houston is hoping his win in San Marco will help bring an opportunity to join GLORY in the coming year.
“It doesn’t faze me at all going to Belgium. This is only the start of it. Once I win this fight, there’s many more to come. Hopefully, I can get into ‘Glory’ to fight all over the world in the light heavyweight division. This is just a stepping stone. Once I win this, it will open more and more doors for me.”
“When I won my world title, I was only 18. I’m 21 now, three years down the line and I’ve matured a lot more. It is a big step up in class but it’s something I’m ready for.”