A PART-TIME doorman is aiming to score a winning result this weekend.
Bouncer Andrew Fisher is also a successful Mixed Marial Arts (MMA) fighter and is hoping to make his kids proud when he enters the ring tomorrow.
The 27-year-old, from Thorney Close, Sunderland, will fight former Muay Thai champion Danny Welsh at the Made 4 The Cage 6 event at Rainton Meadows Arena.
Since starting his professional career in 2007, Andrew, who works on the doors parttime, as well as training MMA fighters himself, has had 12 fights, winning seven and drawing one.
But he believes he has what it takes to win.
“I’ve trained hard, so I hope I will win - I’m confident.” he said. “It’s a massive venue, so I’m a little bit nervous. But I can’t wait, I’m really excited.
“I’ve seen him fight a few times. He’s a good Thai boxer.
“I prefer to stand with my opponents and he’s a Thai boxer, so I predict a tough back and forth fight, with my hand raised at the end.”
Fisher, who lives with his girlfriend Danielle Ingram, 23, and his two children, Grace, four, and one-year-old Nate, trains in many forms of fighting.
“I started with traditional jiu jitsu as there weren’t many people training MMA back then,” he said. “It was hard to find good training partners.
“Now I train boxing, Thai boxing, wrestling and grappling to get myself prepared.”
As well as preparing for his fights, he also runs a class, Team Fish Tank, at the Olympian gym, in Ryhope, nurturing future talent and giving local youngsters something productive to do.
“I love teaching,” he said.
“I work as a doorman on the weekends too, so I can cater these commitments around my own training.”
When asked who he is fighting for, Fisher said: “Me and my kids.”
Event organiser, Dale Percival, believes this is the biggest domestic MMA event Sunderland has ever seen, with 1,100 tickets already sold.
“It’s taking it to the next level from other events I’ve organised.”
Doors open at the Rainton Meadows Arena at 5pm, with the first fight scheduled for 6pm.