At 37 years of age, welterweight Dino Bagattin will finally fight for a global promotion. He takes on Carl Booth at Brave 19, set for december 8th, in Sun City, South Africa, on a main card bout. And he knows that his first bout with Brave will determine the rest of his career.
“The Lion” will maintain his habit of fighting in his home country, but this time he takes on an englishman in an international event. Bagattin says this is his “last shot” at global fame and thanks Brave for the opportunity that has eluded him during his entire career.
“For me, this is my last shot. I’ve been fighting in South Africa, in local promotions, for the last ten years. I initially thought I couldn’t cut it with an international promotion, but I just haven’t had the opportunity. Brave has come in with a great offer and I have a chance of making it with this great promotion and this is music to my ears. I want to fight on an international platform and make some money, so that’s my goal for the rest of my career”, says Bagattin, who expects a great fight against Carl Booth.
“It’s a great matchup for the fans. It’s not an easy fight, Brave doesn’t have easy fights, actually. You have to earn your place, and I’m happy they’ve given me a tough fight. He’s a striker too, so I expect a show for the fans. I’m not obsessed with what he’s doing, I do know his strengths, and I respect them, but I plan on exploring his weaknesses”.
Brave 19 will mark the first time the biggest MMA promotion in the Middle East lands in South Africa. The main event will be a clash of welterweight newcomers as Adam Townsend battles hometown hero Mark Hulme, while Frans Mlambo takes on Arnold Quero in the co-main event.