When Simeon Powell showed up to work as a security guard for Anthony Joshua's fight with Wladimir Klitschko, he had no idea how it would change his life. At the time, Powell was just a teenager who had recently started training in Muay Thai. Little did he know that he would have a front row seat – for free – to witness one of the most thrilling fights in recent years.
A front row seat to history
Anthony Joshua's victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 was nothing short of remarkable. After being knocked down, Joshua fought his way back to deliver a sensational knockout and send Klitschko into retirement. Powell, who was an aspiring MMA fighter at the time, watched in awe and was inspired by AJ's heroic performance.
"It gave me chills, I’ll remember it for the rest of my life. It was crazy, the production, the atmosphere, I was like, ‘This is what I want,'" Powell said.
From security guard to MMA star
Now 24 years old, Powell has made a name for himself in the world of MMA. He made his professional debut in 2021 and quickly rose to an unbeaten 9-0 record. Last year, he was signed to the Professional Fighters League (PFL), a rival promotion to the UFC. This year, Powell is competing in the three-stage knockout PFL Europe tournament and will be fighting in the final this Friday in Dublin.
A shot at glory
If Powell emerges victorious in the final, he will not only win $100,000 but also secure a spot in the PFL's global season next year. This means he could potentially multiply his earnings by ten in the $1 million season. But for Powell, it's not just about the money and the title. He sees this fight as an opportunity to elevate his career and gain global respect.
"I feel like this is the fight which is going to elevate me. How I’m gonna get the job done, I feel like it’s my, ‘I’m him moment.' This fight will be what gives me that global respect in a sense," Powell shared.
Aiming for the world championship
While Powell has his sights set on the $1 million PFL prize, he's also keeping a close eye on Impa Kasanganay, who won this year's PFL light-heavyweight crown. Although Powell acknowledges Kasanganay's talent, he believes he can compete with the best and has always dreamed of becoming a world champion.
"It was a great performance, Impa is a nice guy, nice story but I’m a competitor at the end of the day and I definitely feel like I can compete with them boys. I feel like I definitely could have won it this year as well. It’s always been the dream since day one to be world champion," Powell said.
As Powell prepares for the biggest fight of his career, he hopes to continue his journey of success and inspire others with his story of perseverance and determination.
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