Ten Pow Brings A Coaching Mind To GLORY 61
Less than a week before Asa Ten Pow would step into the GLORY ring at the GLORY 61 SuperFight Series, the American born fighter was coaching and training fighters at an event in Mexico.
“Martial arts is my life, I’m a gym owner and I coach fighters, it’s a part of the package,” the #15 ranked featherweight told FIGHT SPORTS prior to fight night. “Wherever I am, I’m always training.”
Starting most of his days teaching at 6am, Asa Ten Pow is a perpetual motion machine of training and teaching martial arts, which has yielded him an elevated level of success as a pro with a 7-1 record and 2-0 inside the GLORY ring.
While he may not have much free time, Ten Pow has been able to use his abilities inside the ring as he looks to do on November 2nd against Niko Tsigaras.
“Being a teacher and a coach allows me to pick up on tendencies a lot better, especially because I’m teaching the way I see things, so bringing that into the fight helps my mental game even more. It’s very beneficial for me, because if I am doing a certain technique that I am trying to apply on my opponent, I can also teach it to my class and to my fighters and we can work with it and see how people adjust with it.”
A former golden gloves boxer, Ten Pow has found the transition from Muay Thai to the GLORY style of kickboxing fairly easy and he’s been “putting it all together” to be a more complete fighter as he looks to add to his knockout record.
“I’m always looking to end the fight, we get paid whether it’s three minutes or nine minutes,” Ten Pow told FIGHT SPORTS about trying to finish the fight before the scorecards, something he was unable to do in his last victory over Yuhang Xie at GLORY 57.
“Last fight was a good test for me, going halfway around the world in under a week and fighting this young 19-year-old hard headed Chinese kid. I was glad that I got to go three rounds with him, unfortunately I didn’t put on the performance that I wanted to.”
When asked about the layoff between his GLORY 57 performance and his return at the GLORY 61 SuperFight Series, Ten Pow claims he’s a tough person for matchmakers to find opponents.
“It’s been hard to find me fights,” Ten Pow claims about his less than 10 fight career as a pro kickboxer. “I like to fight, coming up its always been hard to find me fights. They’re keeping me active, I’m happy… I want to get a lot more comfortable in the GLORY ring, so when I go up against top five guys, I can put on the performance that I want against them.”
When asked what his ultimate goal in GLORY is, Ten Pow claimed that it’s the featherweight title and a showdown with Petchpanomrung. “I have yet to lose to a Thai fighter in my career, in Muai Thai and in kickboxing,” the Florida native claimed.
“I’d like to get a shot at Petch, at some point down the road… If they want me to showcase beforehand that’s fine too. I’m in GLORY to excel, so a ranked fight would be nice. “