Dashawn “Buck” Boatwright, a 28-year-old professional mixed martial artist, is looking to expand his resume. He’s off to a good start, as he holds a 1-0 record, but he’ll be looking to build on that in September.

He will compete in a 195-pound catch-weight bout against Derek Bracey at the Odyssey Fights event on September 24, per matchmaker David Arvelo.

“People should expect a real, fast pace fight where I’ll hunt for the finish,” Boatwright told Rush Hour Daily. “I will come out and dominate.”

When it comes to his style, Boatwright said that he is well-rounded after developing his wrestling at the MMA Institute in Virginia. He focused on kickboxing when he first began his career, but has integrated cage-work and wrestling into his arsenal.

“[Boatwright’s] biggest strength is his strength,” D’Juan Owens, fellow professional mixed martial artist and Boatwright’s teammate at the MMA Institute, told Rush Hour Daily. “He’s very creative in his striking, and very light on his feet for a big dude.”

Boatwright feels that it’s tough to consistently find opponents in the light heavyweight division, especially if he’s able to string wins together.

“When you start winning, the pool becomes thinner, so it’s kind of difficult,” Boatwright said. “No one wants to fight a big, heavy and explosive guy.”

While he currently holds just one win on his professional record, Boatwright put together a lengthy amateur career that began in 2012. He feels that he would have made the transition to professional MMA sooner, but had trouble finding a light heavyweight opponent. That is, until he signed the dotted line with General Marrow.

“It was a perfect opportunity,” Boatwright said. “I was able to get a pro fight at the weight I was fighting at. [Marrow] was a 205’er looking to turn pro, so it lined up perfectly.”

Boatwright made the most of his opportunity, and cashed in a unanimous decision victory over Marrow in his professional debut, back in November of 2015. Boatwright’s last fight was nearly a year ago, but this is due in part to a full-time job as well as a shallow pool of opponents leading to the layoff. It’s not uncommon for many fighters that are young to the sport to work a job to support themselves while their MMA career is emerging. Boatwright still trains for his career every chance he gets, though.

“[I train] every hour that I can,” he said. “I train before I go to work and on my days off. Since I started [my career] late, I have a lot of catching up to do. I have to put in the extra work, no excuses.”

All of that training will be invaluable in order for Boatwright to attain his ultimate MMA goal: become a world champion in a big organization like the Ultimate Fighting Championship or Bellator. He hopes that reaching that platform will help him achieve his other goal, which is to be a role model for young men and teach them that they can achieve whatever they want in sports, or life.

It will take time, though. The majority of fighters only have two to three bouts per year, especially once they hit the upper levels. Owens knows that his teammate will need to string a couple of years’ worth of victories and finishes together to reach a bigger promotion. Still, he sees Boatwright as the top light heavyweight prospect in Virginia in a few years’ time. According to the Tapology rankings, Boatwright is currently set as the fifth best 205-pounder in the state, so he’s climbing the ladder.

However, he is considering a move down to middleweight, which he feels would optimize his winning potential. Hence, his next bout being set at 195 pounds.

But for now, Boatwright is just concerned with putting on a good performance in his next fight and earning the ‘W.’

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