[VIDEO]: Jake Pilla talks about his upcoming title fight at Combat Zone 50


SALEM, NH- Jake Pilla posited that his opponent for Combat Zone MMA's amateur title
fight on Friday night (Sept. 26) is probably stuck in a dead-end job and unable to
train properly. Umm...Not exactly.

"I love my job. I'm a professional personal trainer and I am also a first lieutenant
in the National Guard," said James Squires, who participated in the ROTC program at
Springfield College and received his commission upon graduation with a degree in
criminal justice in 2009. "In fact, right after this fight I have to drive to the
Cape to participate in drill weekend. I'm involved in water purification for the
Guard, we help out in emergencies, and do a lot of charity work. I'm also involved
in Operation Stand Down, which helps homeless vets. We do a lot of very good work
around Massachusetts. I am proud to say I'm in the 125th Quartermaster Unit, which
is the second oldest lineage unit in the country."

The featherweight match at Rockingham Park's Sports Club figures to be much more
intense than a war of words. Both fighters come in to the co-main event on the
stacked card of eight pro and amateur cage fights undefeated. Pilla, the 21-year-old
from Billerica, MA and current Combat Zone belt holder, stands at (3-0) and Squires
boasts a 2-0 record. 

"I don't know that he wants it the way that I do. I eat. sleep, and dream for this
fight. I've had dreams for months about me beating him. I'm going to get in the cage
and do it. He'd better come ready." said Pilla, whose nickname is "The Gorilla".
"I'm the champ for a reason. It sounds cocky, but I am hungrier, plain and simple.
I'm going to go in there and in the first minute of the first round, he's going to
make some mistake, and I think that's it. I'm going to capitalize on it. That's what
I've done in every fight. I see that mistake, I smell that blood, and that's it."

Squires said that if Pilla wants to under estimate his skill set and look past him
toward future glory, it's fine with him. He is eagerly anticipating the opportunity
to showcase the kind of talented and tough mixed martial artist he is.

"It will be quite the show regardless of what happens. He's a talented fighter who
has done very well and won his fights decisively," Squires said. "I know that he
comes in hard and goes for a lot of takedowns. But I've been training with takedowns
and I do a lot of them in my fights. I'm really looking forward to getting in the
cage with him."

UFC fighter John "Doomsday" Howard is Pilla's coach and called him his No. 1 student
while predicting that the young fighter will make it all the way to the Big Show. 

"That's what I want," Pilla said. "There's no stopping me."

But he'll have to dispense with a National Guardsman, who's motto is "Always Ready.
Always There" first.

In the main event of the "Carpe Diem" card, Taylor Trahan (4-1) takes on Worcester,
MA firefighter Evan Parker (4-2) in a professional fight at 145 pounds. 

Trahan, ranked #9 in the Northeast in his division, has been steadily climbing the
ladder and a win over Parker, who has been idle since July 2011, would elevate the
noise level around him.

"I am coming off knee surgery, but it was nothing serious and I am 100 percent
healed and ready,” said the fighter, who lives in Bethlehem, NH and runs his own MMA
studio there. “I was supposed to fight Evan a while back, but then I separated my
shoulder so I am looking forward to our fight now. I don’t know much about him other
than he’s a wrestler and strong, so I’m focusing on my cardio and strength

Parker, who used his time off to become first an EMT and then a certified
firefighter, doesn't expect to show any ring rust.

"I've been training consistently and had some other fights fall through along the
way," he said. "I would like to go out and make a statement but I can go the
distance if need be. I've gone five rounds before and my conditioning and strength
are good, so I can do that if I have to."

  Other key match ups on the card include the pro debut of exciting bantamweight
Kenny Murphy from Hooksett, NH vs. a very tough Chad Kelly (2-1) of Gardner, MA,
and the battle between Nick Alley (2-1), who also hails from Hooksett, vs. Buck
Pineau (7-4) from Bangor, ME.

The combatant judged the best amateur fighter of the night will take home the trophy
provided by Chang’s Tae Kwan do America in Methuen, MA.

Tickets are $40 for general admission, $50, $75, $90 and $120 for ringside seating
and they may be ordered at or by calling co-promoters Calvin Kattar
(978-305-3372) or Jamison Kattar (978-361-6772). Doors open at 6:30 PM and the first
fight is at 8:00 PM.

The revised full card, with fighters’ hometowns, is as follows and subject to change:



180 lbs: Taylor Mears 0-0 (Gilford, NH) vs. Michel Souza 0-2 (Haverhill, MA)

150 lbs: Jimmy Munoz 1-1 (Lawrence, MA) vs. David Sousa 1-3 (No. Andover, MA)

150 lbs: Mike Scappachio 1-0 (Plaistow, NH) vs. Corey Cohen 0-0 (Gilford, NH) 

170 lbs: Dave Spero 4-2 (Atkinson, NH) vs. Sean Seaburg 0-0 (Haverhill, MA)

170 lbs: Nick Alley 2-1 (Hooksett, NH) vs. Buck Pineau 7-4 (Bangor, ME)


125: lbs Chad Kelly 2-1 (Gardner, MA) vs. Ken Murphy 0-0  (Hooksett, NH)


145 lbs: Jake Pilla 3-0 (Billerica, MA) vs. James Squires 2-0 (Somerville, MA)


145 lbs: Evan Parker 4-2 (Worcester, MA) vs. Taylor Trahan 4-1 (Bethlehem, NH)

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