Dutch website Vechtsport Info NL recently spoke to former K-1 standout and GLORY title challenger, Daniel “The Savage Samurai” Ghita.
The 37-year-old Ghita is a hero in his native Romania, and enjoys popularity around the world for his performances in K-1, It’s Showtime, and GLORY.
An athletic big man with scary power, Ghita’s knockout victims include number one ranked Glory contender Jamal Ben Saddik, former It’s Showtime champ Hesdy Gerges, Sergey Kharitonov, and Errol Zimmerman.
Ghita returned to the ring last October after a lengthy layoff with a first round stoppage of veteran Dzevad Poturak. During his hiatus, the former champion campaigned against deforestation in his native Romania.
In the interview with Vechtsport Info, the former presidential bodyguard didn’t pull any punches, and discussed his political career and rivalries with fellow Romanian heavyweights Catalin Morosanu and Benjamin Adegbuyi.
(Editor’s Note: The interview is reproduced with express permission from Vechtsport Info NL, and translated from the Dutch language. Minimal editing was done to improve grammar and readability. Any errors in translation are completely unintentional. The views expressed in the interview are those of Mr. Ghita alone)
VIN: What are you up to these days? Politics or are you preparing for a fight again?
Ghita: In 2015-2016 I made many campaigns, against deforestation in Romania. I begged VIP people, so called sports people, to come on the streets: nobody came to support the actions, to save the woods! Stopping the deforestation in Romania was not important. Not even Benny, The one Hand punching Bag or Catalin Morosanu! They preferred to stay on TV shows, and playing the charity boys from TV, being paid. Just, if camera is on, they are very worried and love their country! Not if the country needs them to do something for nature, for the benefit of their country.
I said to myself let’s step into in politics, to stop deforestation in Romania. I did not want to go to big political parties- socials and liberals, I had offers to do so. I chose a small political party, under 5 %. I went into politics in 2016, I was desperate to stop illegal deforestation in Romania. The Austrian company Schweigofer destroys many virgin woods in Romania. They destroyed all the woods in Romania for money and profit, and nobody stopped them. I quit politics in 2016, and I’m not in the political game anymore.
I’m a co-founder of ARMIS (Romania Mandra Intre Stele). An association that does good things for our country, for all Romanian’s outside our country and in the country. We are there to help in a diplomatic way. Benny and Catalin Morosanu are over night big patriots! If (the) camera is on, they are patriots for the image, for money on TV, not for the poor people. I hate this fake patriots and I say it in public. To put a Romanian flag after the fight, it doesn’t make you a patriot. I was the first who did that; the rest copied what I did. In their minds, this is good PR!
VIN: We deeply respect for your political work. What is the status right now?
Ghita: As i said, I’ m not in politics anymore. In Romania, I was for a period of 10 years. In the name of justice, many innocent people were put in jail. Judges, business people. This was the era of DNA (anti-corruption cell), and Romanian secret service SRI made ilegal protocols with DNA and the Court. Innocent people died in jail or their lives and careers were destroyed. This was 10 years of fear politics.
Corruption- you have it in Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, USA, everywhere, not just in Romania. Imagine that a judge can be forced to put you in jail from one day to another, without any proof! All the prosecutors of DNA are now (being) investigated (for) committing these horrible crimes against justice in Romania. Nobody talks about it, I do! Not just Romania is corrupt!
In all the countries in the world exists corruption. In Romania, they used “fighting against corruption” to put innocent people in jail, destroy Romanian businesses, those other foreign companies. Creating fear and having a country of prosecutors. Does anybody talks about VW corruption in Germany? Nobody. Romania is not more corrupt as Holland or Germany.
VIN: Right now there is something going on Social Media between Catalin Morosanu and you. Why would you like to fight him?
Ghita: All the years I lost fights, he started mocking me in public and talking behind my back about me. I said, ignore this non-talented boy, he needs attention and this (is) his frustration about my performance. But the last time, he calls himself on media “K-1 champ”, and young people think that he is a real champ of K-1, but he is and was never a K-1 champ! He is all day for his own good on media, in shows. He gets paid money for appearing in all these shows. (Editor’s Note: Morosanu, like Ghita, is a popular figure in Romania and has made reality TV show appearances)
Like, I’m in the jungle, I’m dancing for you, I am cooking with my mama, etc. Really embarrassing for me as a real fighter. I refused all shows, even my offers were bigger then his offers, because I m a real fighter, not a pussycat (that) you can buy with money to see on TV? The young generations have to see that this is not a model for the next generation. We need to have the respect for ourselves and stop doing everything for money and attention.
I started to be ashamed to be called “K-1 Champ!”. Colleagues over the world were making jokes, of what happens in Romania in kickboxing. I have a real career and people over the world know The Savage Samurai, alias Daniel Ghita. I got famous with sport and results, not with show and fake fights. A kind of Romanian wresting organization was started by Morosanu. I said ‘let’s step in the ring’, I wanted to show people who is the best!
To show what is kickboxing and what is “K-1 TV champ”. He started to put other fighters to insult me (in) public and played dirty games with lies. I just said that he should stop lying to people. A fighter fights! He is the only one who does embarrassing shows for money, not me! He was disturbed that I told the truth. Kickboxing is kickboxing, show is show!
No show could buy me: never, ever!
VIN: You wrote already that Morosanu accepted to fight against you. Do you have any idea if the fight really will take place, and when and where?
Ghita: Morosanu is now on a show for money. Like a Farm, it is a shame what he does there. He will do everything for money, not important what or how. Very cheap and low class.
Glad now the fans saw it! All I said is now confirmed by all fans. I do not think this fight will be ever take place!
He needs money from dirty shows on TV, not from real fights. He organize(s) fights with people who aren’t real kick boxers, to be a champ, for money. He sells the tickets and people thinks that these fights are real. It’s show for money. I will fight that! At one time he said he fights with “ The giant of Maroc”, nobody found them. After that was a man from Belgium, and the last was (Ivo) Cuk. 3 fighters in two months! The last one he was not even a kick boxer! This is show, not kickboxing!
VIN: What do you think of Benjamin Adegbuyi’s loss to Jamal Ben Saddik in GLORY 62?
Ghita: that was the worst tournament in heavyweight kickboxing what I ever saw, in my entire life! Jamal won with a broken hand by TKO! To sit there and get beaten by Jamal with one broken hand, says all about the kick boxer! Now, Benny plays that he is the best Romanian fighter! Come on! You got beaten with one hand! His frustration that he doesn’t reach my performance and level. In It’s Showtime he would not make a chance.
Many people told me that he is talking bad about me in Holland. Why? Because (of) his jealousy, that he cannot reach my performance? Gatekeeper of Rico. Dutch people love real kickboxing, not commercial stuff. This is not a character of a gentleman, in my opinion. I used to ignore, now I talk public about it. They do not like it, because many have fake image, and I show the real face, the reality.
VIN: Would you consider fighting for GLORY again?
Ghita: Why not? But honestly with who? You saw the last tournament? I was ashamed to watch it! I couldn’t believe that was heavyweight! This was a joke and real kick boxers know.
VIN: If you will ever fight in an 8-man tournament, who would you like to fight?
Ghita: Saki, Badr Hari and Rico, Benny Adegbuyi (one punching bag or gatekeeper, the wolf without teeth), are my names for Benny!