BANGOR – It’s not hard to get hooked on Josh Harvey.
“I go out there and get first round finishes because I’m not trying to win a round, I’m not trying to score points, I’m going out there to finish the fight,” Harvey said.
Harvey will look to do just that this Friday against Bill Jones at NEF 37.
“Don’t blink, don’t blink because it’s going to be fast,” Harvey added with a smile.
The NEF Featherweight title and Harvey’s undefeated record of 5-0-1 are on the line.
“Personally my goal is that beautiful 10-0 number, but it looks like that I got that 10-0-1 number in sight,” he said.
Harvey’s last match, a controversial draw against UFC vet Joe Gianetti left a sour taste in his mouth. One that he quickly washed away.
“It’s hard to be upset with the decision because at the end of the day I left it up to the judges and that’s what you get right. It doesn’t change me coming into this fight any differently, I’m confident, I’m ready,” Harvey said.
The UFC is the gold standard every fighter strives for. It’s no different for Harvey, but it’s not the be all end all.
“To have a fight in the UFC is the dream, but it’s not going to make or break my idea of success,” he said.
For now, he’ll focus on cutting weight.
“We’re going to ring that out and turn a grape into a raisin and then come fight night back into a grape,” he said.
If his call comes after this fight or in 10 fights, he’ll always strive to be better than the man staring him down across the cage.
“I mean at this level I think all I have to prove is that I’m the best and that I can compete on any level. Which anyone again that knows me knows that I can and will,” Harvey said.
NEF 37 is scheduled to start Friday at 8 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center.