BANGOR – Last year, Aaron Lacey (4-0) took the New England fighting scene by storm. His ascent from amateur to professional came with four wins in a matter of just seven months, with three of them ending in the first round of the fight. His dominance put him on the map in the region, but his momentum was quickly brought to a halt.
A series of injuries and cancellations has left Lacey hanging high-and-dry since November, which remains to be the last time he was able to compete in an actual bout. That’s about to change though, as at NEF 30 Saturday in Bangor, he’ll take on Bryan Goldsby (18-15) in front of his home crowd.
“It’s a lot of fun, something different. Waking up in your own bed, not in a hotel room. It has its pluses and minuses, but fighting close to home is always great,” Lacey said Tuesday after wrapping up his final intense day of training.
But will the hometown fans be in for a treat or will they go home disappointed? Last year in Bangor, Lacey took home “fight of the night” honors after being John Santos. But will the long layoff prevent him from taking advantage of an opponent with Bellator experience in his pocket?
“No way. No,” Lacey said. “I don’t really believe in ring rust or anything like that. I’ve been staying active in the gym, training hard, staying on my diet. Getting myself in shape. Just getting better every day. So I haven’t lost any momentum.”
Going against an experienced fighter could change the gameplan for many fighters, but Lacey plans to go in with the same mentality he approaches every fight with.
“Just go in for the kill. Look to get in and out of there as quick as possible.”