BANGOR – There were times in Bruce Boyington’s career he had people calling from every which way to offer him a fight. Other times, lack of interest left him doubting how much time he had left in the octagon, even though he never quite reached what he believes his ceiling is.
“But when you haven’t reached that yet, the fire’s still burning,” he said Friday. “It’s still real. So I’m still climbing it hard and every fight is just the biggest fight of your career.”
These days, one of Boyington’s primary focuses are the kids he teaches martial arts to. He was looking forward to potentially fighting at the upcoming New England Fights event in Bangor this September, but then representatives from CES reached out and changed his summer plans.
“They messaged me the other day and said, ‘hey Bruce, we’ve got an opportunity for you, do you want to take it? How does it feel to fight for a world title?’ You can’t say no to that.”
So now Boyington (15-11) will battle UFC veteran Sean Soriano at CES MMA 51 Aug. 3 in Rhode Island, with the promotion’s vacant featherweight title on the line in a 145-pound fight. The bout will be broadcast on AXS TV, a return to the spotlight for the 39-year-old Maine-native. While that may be “over the hill” for many MMA fighters, Boyington thinks little of this.
“Age is literally, it’s just a number,” he said. “There’s no way it can define you and where you’re supposed to be and what you’re able to do. Because we’ve seen everyone accomplish different things at different levels.”
And whether he wins that title, it is the desire to prove doubters wrong that burns that aforementioned fire.
“I think I want to be that guy that shows that in this sport. Like, I want to show everybody that number is irrelevant when it comes to trying to win a fight,” he said. “If I can be known for anything at this point in my career, that’s what I want to do.”