After an extensive amateur career, women’s 115-pound prospect Katie Howard turned pro this year with solid results so far.
Going the amateur route while other fighters turn pro straight away is something that Howard believe has helped her make the transition to the pro game much easier.
“Things seem to be going pretty well,” Howard told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve been having some pretty good, diverse opponents so far and I’ve been able to get in some good experience, and that’s all you can ask for.
“The more experience I got, the more comfortable I got, so I feel it’s served its purpose. It felt like it was just the natural time to go pro.”
Howard’s next bout is in CageSport on July 19; however, she was to have been on BAMMA USA’s first Oregon show in June, which was inexplicably cancelled by the event’s hosting venue.
“I’ve never had the experience where everyone’s fights fell through,” said Howard. “It kind of made it less painful because everyone was going through the same thing. It goes with the territory and you never know what’s going to happen sometimes.
“It’s hard, but all the extra training just makes you better. It just makes you more prepared for the next time you fight, so I guess it was good to have the extra time I suppose.”
When Howard (2-1) makes her CageSport debut at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash., she’ll be facing fellow 115-pound prospect Amy Cadwell (2-0).
“I’ve just got to do the game plan that my coaches come up with,” said Howard. “I’m just going to do what I do. I’m going to execute my game plan and go from there.”
A win over Cadwell could be a big step for Howard as she moves forward with her career. But for now, she’s got her gaze firmly on July 19.
“I’ll let my coach deal with my opponents and whatever direction (to go next),” said Howard. “I just focus on the fight coming up and then (leave the rest to my coach).
“I’d love to be the best, but I’ll just go one fight at a time and get the experience and put in the work to get there.”