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Petrosyan interview



At the World MAX Final 16 held on October 3, Giorgio Petrosyan defeated MAX debutant, Vitaly Hurkou, by clear decision. He is now set to take a run at becoming the first ever two-time consecutive MAX Champion! This all but unbeatable champion, with strength to spare, shows weakness only when discussing his mother. The reason for this...?

Will there be an unprecedented 2-time repeat champion!?

After debuting in MAX for the first time last year, "The Doctor", Giorgio Petrosyan defeated 4 tough fighters with ease. The theme of the other 70kg fighters for this year is; how to overcome his perfect fighting style?
Will this be the first man to ever win 2 consecutive championships in MAX? We sat down with him to find out what he was thinking the day after his FINAL 16 bout.

This time, I was the one that chose Kraus.

-- This year you made it to the World MAX finals again. How do you feel right now?
Petrosyan: My opponent yesterday was very strong, but I'm glad that I won. I have a few bumps and bruises from the bout, so I will take a short break to recover before restarting my training.

-- At the draw just a short time ago, you were the one that chose Kraus as your first opponent...
Petrosyan: Honestly speaking, there are no fighters here that I particularly like, or really want to face. All of the Final 8 participants are very strong fighters, so I know that whoever I face it will be tough. However, last year Kraus picked me at the draw, so I returned the favor this year.

-- What's the reason for that?
Petrosyan: The position next to him just happened to be open. I wasn't really aiming for Kraus, but given the chance, I wanted be the one to select an opponent.

-- You fought and beat him just last year. Do you feel that he is somewhat of an easy opponent for your particular style of fighting?
Petrosyan: (laughs) Maybe, yeah.

-- In your tournament bloke you also have Mike Zambidis and Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. How do you feel about your chances of making it to the finals?
Petrosyan: I don't particular feel as if it will be difficult or easy. I'm just focused on the fact that it is necessary for me to win my fights and remain until the end.

-- As the reigning MAX Champion, you have a very large target on your back. Do you feel any pressure because of this?
Petrosyan: I don't feel any additional pressure due to being the champion. However, I definitely want to win the belt again this year.

-- By the way, how is your right hand? You injured it pretty badly last year...
Petrosyan: It's completely okay. I punched hard with it in the fight yesterday as you saw. It is fine. I'm in perfect condition to win the title again this year.

-- What is it that makes you so confident?
Petrosyan: In MAX no one has ever won the championship consecutively, right? I want to be the absolute champion of MAX. I want to make this myown personal era in MAX by winning it 2, or maybe 3 times in a row.

My mother refuses to watch my fights

-- Your mother used to be against you fighting. How about these days?
Petrosyan: She still refuses to watch my fights. She can't handle watching someone trying to hurt me.
-- I guess many mothers of children that grow up to be fighters would feel the same way.
Petrosyan: She really wants me to do some sort of other job. But, this is the path I've chosen to walk along. My father is very supportive of me, but my mother won't watch.
-- Even though you became the K-1 MAX Champion?
Petrosyan: She doesn't care whether I am a champion or not. She just doesn't like it. She doesn't go on and on about it though.
-- What sort of work did she want you to do?
Petrosyan: I'm not sure. She knows it's too late anyway, so I guess she's given up.
-- I hope she'll come around to support you. Anyway, could you tell us what you did with the prize money from last year?
Petrosyan: The prize money? I spent it all.
-- Seriously? What did you buy?
Petrosyan: To start with, I bought a car for myself. Then I bought my family a house. They were happy.
-- Finally, leading up to the November 8 World MAX GP Final could you give a message to your fans?
Petrosyan: In November I will stop all three of my opponents, and take the title once again. Make sure to watch me raising my hand at the end of the night.

 

http://www.k-1.co.jp/en/news/2010/1026_max_01.html




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szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2010-10-28 at: 09:17
is a nice guy Petrosyan no hard feelings or emotions just fighting
Anca (114 posts)
Posted: 2010-11-17 at: 09:44
Petrosyan is soo dominant! I "heart" him! :)
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