Monday, October 30th, 2017
WRDW News 12 at 6 and 11 O'clock
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When Adam Poore heads to Budapest on Thursday for the WAKO World Championships, all eyes will be on him.
He'll be representing the country -- and the CSRA -- in kickboxing, but he's dialed in on a very important set of eyes. If all goes well, Poore could be looking at a professional career right in front of him.
Representatives from Glory, the group that takes amateur fighters and makes them professionals, will be in the crowd.
"I've been wanting to go pro for awhile," said Poore.
By "awhile" he means since he started martial arts. That was when he was just 20-years-old starting out at Greubel's MMA in Augusta where he still trains to this day.
"I was 20 years old, 250 lbs, and I said 'ya know, I'm gonna lose this weight, I'm gonna become a championship amateur fighter, I'm gonna go become a pro fighter," said Poore. "so this is a goal I've been working towards for a long time."
But to go pro isn't the only goal Poore has for his next fight -- he wants to bring home a gold medal. He says an American hasn't done so in at least 15 years.
"I want to get a knockout," said Poore. "But I'll settle for a win. I'm always settling for a win."
Winning might not sound like settling, but in kickboxing it really is. Especially with what Poore has on the line. His training partner says Poore never settles...for anything.
"He knows what he wants, and he knows what he has to do to get it," said Edgar Nickson, Poore's training partner. "He's not gonna let anything stop him."
Poore and his coach, Mark Greubel, travel to Budapest on Thursday where Poore will face a minimum of four fighters - maybe as much as six.
He's coming off a big win where he defeated Team Canada in Nashville less than a month ago. He says that win was just a warm up - this one is the real deal.