After falling short in his highly anticipated professional debut, Calvin Harbaugh is looking for redemption Saturday at Lights Out 7 in Grand Rapids, LIVE on FITE.
How was training camp for you?
It was a different animal this time, man. I was trying to fill some of those holes I didn’t realize I had going into my last fight. I was so confident going into my pro debut, I did a lot of things right, and ultimately I learned a lot about pacing myself and I realized that I had a lot to work on. I got very scientific this camp, brought in a couple new trainers, and I’m really excited to show my improvements.
Losing sucks, obviously, but do you think taking this L early on in your career is ultimately going to be more beneficial for you than had you gone out there and won?
Oh yeah, without a doubt. It’s not about where we’ve been; it’s where we’re going. So I’m just staying positive and taking it one day at a time. I was doing great before, but I wasn’t putting myself in enough uncomfortable positions. Sometimes life humbles you when you get ahead of yourself, and that’s what happened to me. I’m just taking it one day at a time now, getting better every day.
What are your expectations for Saturday?
I’m just going to go in there and have fun with it. I lost sight of that last time and, when the fight didn’t go exactly as I expected it to go, I was lost. I’m looking for a highlight-reel finish, absolutely. I’m going to go out there and put it all on the line. I’m preparing for war.
Do you think people are doubting you after your pro debut?
(Laughs) Of course! Regardless of what I’ve done as an amateur, never turning down a challenge and fighting the best guys available, I’ve still got doubters. No matter what you do, there will always be doubters. I’m just really not listening, and I’m in control of my own destiny.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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