Eric Rocha is making the journey to his Lion Fight debut and right into a bout that has already garnered heavy considering as the potential show-stealer on Friday, July 28th at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
The Canadian is set to square off against Alexander Olave in a showdown that will be part of the action-packed Lion Fight 37 main card airing live on AXS TV Fights in the United States as well as on Fight Network throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Why has this matchup drawn so much initial appeal? The answer rests within Rocha’s answer to the question of describing his own fight style.
“I am an aggressive fighter who enjoys putting pressure on my opponents,” said Rocha. “When they can’t handle the pressure, I watch them crumble and look for the KO. I have watched some of my opponent’s fight videos online and I feel he is a bit unorthodox for a Thai boxer. However, I don’t usually place much focus on my opponent’s game because I know a fighter can change their game at any given moment.
“My primary focus is set on improving myself and being adaptable. Lion Fight fans are going to see a variety of weapons displayed throughout my fight. I’m going in there and I’m ready to bang.”
Rocha views the upcoming opportunity as the biggest moment of his career so far. He has fought in numerous locations, even venturing to Thailand and South America before turning pro just two years ago.
When the call came to make his Lion Fight debut, he didn’t miss a beat in accepting the challenge.
“This is my first fight with Lion Fight Promotions and I will work hard to ensure that it won’t be my last,” said Toronto, Ontario, product.
“Fighting on Lion Fight and AXS TV Fights means a lot to me. This fight gives me the opportunity to showcase my skills across the world and gets me one step closer to achieving my dream. On July 28th, I will do everything in my power to secure a victory on Lion Fight.
“I have dedicated the last eight years of my life to the art of Muay Thai and I’ve always hoped for the opportunity to fight on Lion Fight. Their shows have a great reputation worldwide and I plan to put on an exciting show to impress the fans. My ultimate goal is to earn myself a Lion Fight world title belt.”
As dedicated as Rocha is to his Muay Thai and his fast-approaching moment to shine inside the Lion Fight ring, he’s just as motivated by his other work with a children’s treatment centre.
“Our clients have a wide range of physical and/or developmental disabilities, communication disorders, autism, and some of the children we care for are blind and/or deaf,” Rocha explained.
“My day starts with 5 a.m. cardio, pad work and bag work, followed with evening sparring, pad work, partner work and strength/conditioning right after my work day. My daily routine is long, but extremely fulfilling. I am happy to have found two passions in my life – Muay Thai first and foremost, but also a career I thoroughly enjoy.”
Lion Fight 37 is topped by a pair of title fights including the main event which will see two-division kingpin “Smokin” Jo Nattawut put his super welterweight title on the line against legendary 400-fight Thai combatant Petchtanong Banchamek. The other title fight will crown a new cruiserweight champion as undefeated rivals Chip “The Surgeon” Moraza-Pollard against Paul “The Reaper” Banasiak.
Tickets for Lion Fight 37 are available at https://www.foxwoods.com/Lion-Fight/.
Lion Fight 37 airs live on AXS TV Fights and Fight Network beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.