Boetsch’s comeback against Yushin Okami
144 was one of the most rewarding victories of his career.
Next time, though, he hopes winning doesn’t come down to a
“I don’t think you can script a fight like this,” Boetsch told the
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “It’s certainly a heck of a
thing to make a comeback like that, but I’ll be OK if I don’t have
to make another comeback like that anytime soon. I’m OK if I can
just go out and beat a guy up in the first round. You won’t hear me
Boetsch was battered on the feet and cut open in the first round.
In the second, Okami mounted him and did even more damage.
“I just wasn’t doing anything right the first two rounds,” Boetsch
said. “Letting Yushin control the distance that first round -- I
watched the video and I saw I was standing right at the end of his
punches. He was able to connect with some hard shots.”
The Okami that Boetsch encountered in the cage wasn’t the one he
“I really expected him to back up more as I started to pressure,
but he stood in there and was throwing down,” Boetsch said. “That
threw me off a little bit. Maybe that’s why it took me a few rounds
to adjust, but certainly I made the necessary adjustments in the
third round and got it done.”
Behind on the scorecards, Boetsch came out in the third looking for
the finish. He got it too, just 54 seconds into the period after a
series of brutal uppercuts in the clinch.
“I had done a lot of training towards avoiding the clinch situation
with Yushin because he’s been able to lock down guys so easily,”
Boetsch said. “He goes with that over-under tie and locks his hands
behind his opponent’s back and pretty much shuts things down. I was
a little hesitant to get in that close with him, but at the same
time I wanted to be right in the pocket there to throw my strikes.
That’s where I was when I landed the shots that led to the finish.
Certainly when I was landing those uppercuts I was in total
control. I was maintaining the distance with my left hand and was
able to throw those uppercuts and put them where I wanted to.”
Boetsch is also putting himself where he wants to be in the
middleweight division. Since dropping to 185 pounds, he is 3-0 and
quickly moving into the title hunt.
“I’d like to think I’m somewhere closer to the top five,” Boetsch
said. “I’m definitely looking forward to fighting all those guys up
there. We’ll give it some time and see who’s next. … I definitely
feel like I’m getting closer to where I want to be, and that’s in a
fight for that belt.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:14:27).