It has been a meteoric rise for Duquesnoy, who made his debut for the promotion just over a year ago. Since then, he has remained unbeaten and gone from strength to strength in an increasingly tough division.
There is no doubting the Frenchman’s commitment to the sport. He spent seven weeks training in the United States before returning to France for “fine-tuning” in preparation for Klaczek.
“Since early January it has been 100-percent training time, with a dedicated focus on my opponent,” he said.
“I’m now working on every single aspect of my training to (perform) even more than usual; to be more creative in the cage.”
Duquesnoy was recently named as one of the top global featherweight prospects, but it is a tag he is not getting too wrapped up in; quite the opposite, in fact. He recognizes how much work he needs to put in to reach his pinnacle and the elite fighter status.
“It’s extremely flattering to be considered by many as an interesting prospect, but I try to stay focused, to be patient, and not to run faster than I should,” said Duquesnoy.
“I’m only 21. There’s a huge amount of work ahead of me. We’re talking years of hard training and hard living, to reach a prominent level. What’s real is that I train every single day very hard. My life is dedicated to this sport and I will do my best to succeed.”
That hard work is paying off, as he is BAMMA’s featherweight champion and they’ve seen fit to have him headline Saturday’s event.
“I feel very honored to be the main event of the evening (at BAMA 18), this motivates me a lot, and I will do my best to thank BAMMA by giving the British audience the best show I can with hopefully, a nice polish.”
The champion loves the pressure leading into fight night and regards it as the best part of his job as “impatience” turns into “happiness.”
“I’m so eager to fight; I can’t wait to be there.”
Duquesnoy is expecting a tough challenge from Klaczek, but knows he has to adapt to remain at the top.
“At a certain level, all fights become difficult, and whoever your opponent, one has to adapt.”
BAMMA 18 takes place on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.