PJ Sweda and Eddie Abasolo on Lion Fight 36 main card!
PJ Sweda and Eddie Abasolo have both learned the hard way what being overly aggressive in the ring can do to a fighter.
At Lion Fight 36, the duo will see if the lesson has paid off and they’ll do it against each other in featured bout on the main card taking place on Friday, April 28 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
For Sweda, having too hasty of an approach cost him a one-punch knockout loss to Diego Llamas at Lion Fight 29. Abasolo, who is Llamas’ teammate, saw his over-aggressiveness result in a disqualification loss to Damien Earley at Lion Fight 18.
Both fighters have done well coming back from those situations, though their upcoming clash should be a much better gauge of that. This is a stiff test for each competitor as he looks to get pointed in the right direction live on AXS TV Fights in the United States and throughout Canada, Africa, Europe and the Middle East on Fight Network.
“My coach Rami has really controlled my aggression,” offered Sweda. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a pressure fighter, but just more controlled with it.”
Sweda regained his footing following the highlight-reel knockout loss to Llamas by taking a decision verdict from Andres Jeudi at Lion Fight 33. The Philadelphia product, who is in the process of entering the city’s police academy, knows his upcoming opponent will be a tough out considering he’s much the same position as Sweda is.
“I don’t know too much about Eddie but I do know he’s from a gym who produces great fighters. With that being said, you know he’s going to come in technical, in shape, aggressive, and he’s going to bring it,” stated Sweda.
“I’m going to hit him, he’s going to hit me, and we’re going to see who’s the better man that night doing what we love. Sounds like a good time to me.”
The 30-year-old Abasolo didn’t enjoy the outcome of his last appearance the Lion Fight ring as referee Steve Mazzagatti handed him a DQ for elbows to the back of his opponent’s head. The Dublin, California, product hopes to put the disappointment of that bout behind him and take forward steps at Sweda’s expense.
“I feel at this point my best attribute is that I can adjust quicker than my opponents. Of course, it’s always a race to who can adjust first, but I feel I possess that ability right now over most,” said Abasolo, who might have a slight advantage since his training partner was the last man to beat Sweda.
“It’s a pleasure working with guys like Diego, and regardless who I’m getting ready for, he is always helpful with his point of view and his rhythm. As far as him giving my tips on Sweda, no he hasn’t. I don’t think I’m fighting the same Sweda that he did. I’m sure he’s made adjustments since they fought.”
The showdown between Sweda and Abasolo is part of the Lion Fight 36 card topped by the main event of reigning lightweight champion Sergio Wielzen putting his title on the line against Thai legend Lerdsila. More bouts for the card will be announced shortly.