Remy Bonjasky Speaks with Dynamite Fighting Show
Romanian promotion Dynamite Fighting Show caught up with three-time K-1 World Grand Prix winner Remy Bonjasky. Bonjasky will captain a team of five international fighters against a Romanian squad headed by Catalin Morosanu at the Dynamite Fighting Show event taking place on 27 September in Piatra Neamt, Romania.
Remy was asked about his best memory in the sport, his most difficult opponent, his advice to young fighters, and other questions. Here are excerpts, with the link below.
Dynamite Fighting Show: Which is the most beautiful thing you remember in your career from K-1 or something?
Remy: Well, there are a couple of moments in my career that I respect and I love the most. There was my first time in the ring fighting. The very first time I fought in the ring was against the brother of Alistair Overeem, Valentin Overeem.
The first time you step in the ring it’s something crazy. Your heart is beating. You’re sweating like hell. You’re thinking all things like you don’t want to lose. You’re very nervous.
So I have a lot of respect for myself that I had the courage to step into the ring.
Even though the K-1 final I won in 2003, 2004, 2008 were also very special. To get in that square, that 5 x 5 square, it’s something crazy. That moment I will not forget.
Dynamite Fighting Show: Team Morosanu vs Team Bonjasky-What can you say about it?
Remy: I think the fights gonna be spectacular. I think the fights gonna be hard. My team is good team but Morosanu’s team is also a good team. Anyone can win in a fight. Anyone can lose in a fight also. They just have to be focused, ready to fight on that day.
Bonjasky was asked if he’ll return to the ring to face Catalin Morosanu or another opponent.
Remy: I get that question a lot. I still feel fit. I still feel good. But I’m already 43 years old and there’s no way I’m coming back in the ring.
I’ve done it for more than 20 years and I think that it’s enough. No motivation.
I’ve taken a lot of risk with my right eye. Before I became champion, I already had my first surgery in 2002. Then the doctor said already you can’t enter the ring anymore. I said nope, I have a plan, I have a dream. I want to continue doing this until I accomplish my dream. So I did. I took a lot of risk. I took four operations. My eye is still good. Don’t want to take the risk anymore.
Message for Young Fighters
Remy: To all the young fighters that are coming up. To all those young girls and men that are coming up to fight in the ring. Keep your hands up. Try to stay focused. Train every day and train as hard as you can. If you wanna have the dream, try to accomplish the dream by training really, really hard. Let’s go.
Eersel-Holzken Rematch Official
ONE Kickboxing Lightweight Champion Regian Eersel will defend his title for the first time against fellow Dutchman Nieky “The Natural” Holzken at the ONE: Dawn of Valor event taking place on 25 October in Jakarta, Indonesia. ONE Championship officially announced the bout Thursday.
Eersiel defeated Holzken for the then-vacant title by five-round decision in May, and Holzken has been looking for the chance to even the score.
The fight card is headlined by an MMA title bout between Zebaztian Kadestam and Kiamrian Abbasov. Former UFC fighter John Lineker is also scheduled for action at the event. The Eersel-Holzken rematch is the only kickboxing match announced for the event so far.
In other ONE news, three kickboxing bouts are scheduled for the ONE Hero Series event taking place on 23 September in Beijing:
Li Yuan Kun vs Wang Chen Hao
Zhang Shuai vs Yang Wu Lin
Song Dong Dong vs Huang Shuai Lu
All three bouts will be fought under kickboxing rules with the fighters wearing MMA gloves.
WGP 57 Friday in Brazil
WGP takes place Friday in Curitiba, Brazil.
International viewers can catch the event live on the Fite TV streaming platform (pay-per-view).
The fight card includes a four-man Light Middleweight Challenger GP, and Glory veteran Ariel Machado is also in action in a heavyweight super fight. Former ACB KB champion Jhonata Diniz faces Lucas Monteiro in another heavyweight bout, and a female fight is also scheduled.
The action begins at 9pm EST/6pm PST.