American Combat Wrestling champion C.J. O’Doyle is facing his largest and strongest opponent yet, but he will go the extra mile to retain his title.
The Philadelphia-born champ faces the solid 6-4, 240-plus pound Deimos at the New Year’s Classic, presented by WWN and American Combat Wrestling on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the All Sports Arena, 7716 Rutillio Ct. in New Port Richey, Fla.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
O’Doyle joined The Roman Show to discuss his title defense. The show can be viewed by visiting the
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“[Deimos] is chiseled in stone,” O’Doyle said. “He looks like an action figure. I’ve never beaten him, but I’ve got the King of Florida Francisco Ciatso behind me, Stormie Lee and the man, Dontay Brown.”
O’Doyle added: “He is a Greek God, but I am going to go to him man-to-man. I feel confident that I will retain the ACW championship.”
Being from Philly, the birthplace of Extreme Championship Wrestling, a defunct promotion known for its hardcore style of wrestling, O’Doyle said he has some tricks up his sleeve in an effort to keep his belt.
“We are known to get a little hardcore,” he said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to retain the title.”
Aside from the professional wrestling and being the ACW champion, he is an active athlete competing in marathons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He said it is significant to learn other forms of martial arts to set you apart from other professional wrestlers.
“I got into it because during a marathon I wasn’t participating in -- my girlfriend was -- I ran into these guys that were doing a Brazilian jiu-jitsu demonstration,” he said. “I always wanted to do it. Long story short, I got into it, and it’s a supplement to wrestling. I am able to incorporate the moves into some of my matches. Lately I’ve been known to throw in a nice triangle choke into my matches.”
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Rodolfo Roman, freelance writer/ TV producer-reporter