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Interview Daniel Ghita

from Liverkick.com, by Dave Walsh

It is safe to say that Daniel Ghita made an impression on fans across the world on January 28th, so much so that his status within the Heavyweight division has shot up and many are considering him to be one of the best, if not the best Heavyweight in the world. It was immediately clear to us that we had to pick Daniel Ghita’s mind and find out what the future holds for him. The only problem is, as is in most cases, Ghita’s english is not as great as it could be, so we reached out instead to his trainer Anil Dunbar to have him translate the questions for us and then translate his answers into English. A special thanks goes to Anil Dubar for making the interview happen as well as Karel ten Haaf for getting us into contact with Mr. Dubar.

First of all, congratulations on the win over Hesdy Gerges. Huge win and incredibly impressive.

Thank you very much, it was a good strategy that my trainer, Anil Dubar choose for me and it worked perfectly.

Do you feel like the evolution of Daniel Ghita is sort of complete now, that the Daniel Ghita that we saw against Hesdy Gerges is a more complete fighter than the one that fans first saw in It's Showtime and K-1 a few years ago?

The evolution is still going on, this to all the credit to my trainer, Anil Dubar, as he is working with me two times a day since I moved from Romania to Holland, and every match I am getting better, getting used to working with him,so you will see me growing in every fight. When I was in Romania, before i meat Anil, I was training with some friends and it was not professional, but when I moved over to Holland three years ago and started to train professionally it began paying off as you can see.

At this point, do you think that you are the top Heavyweight Kickboxer in the world?

Now that Badr Hari is leaving kickboxing I think that I am going to be the number one Heavyweight.

Out of the Heavyweights active right now, who do you want to fight next? Do you want to avenge past losses to Gokhan Saki and Semmy Schilt, or are you simply looking forward?

My main goal is to stay the It’s Showtime Champion as long as possible,but of course I want to avenge those two losses. My manager, Simon Rutz was already busy with booking a revenge fight with Gokhan Saki, he made a good offer to Saki for the It’s Showtime title on June 30th in Brussels, but sadly Saki refused that offer.

Glory and TSA are holding a Heavyweight tournament this year, have there been any talks of you competing in it, do you want to fight in it?

I'm really not sure, that is up to my manager, and if the offer is good I will fight anyone, anywhere.

The K-1 situation is a mess right now, do you have any insight as to what is going on with them?

I have some very good news about K-1, they are coming back this year and they offered me a new contract. Under this new contract I’ll receive 50% of the money that was owed to me, so that is really good news for all the fighters in the world.

Do you feel that Kickboxing needs K-1 or that Kickboxing will be fine without the K-1 name and K-1 World Grand Prix?

Before K-1 there was kickboxing and after K-1 there will be kickboxing, but I’d say that kickboxing really needs K-1. Without K-1 we are really missing something special in the world, so yeah, we would miss K-1 for sure if it didn’t exist anymore.

Badr Hari left for Boxing, Tyrone Spong will probably compete in MMA, do you have any desire to fight in another sport or is Kickboxing your main focus?

If some organisation will give me an offer that I cannot refuse then I would think about it, but my main focus is kickboxing and to win the K-1 World Grand Prix.

Did you have a hero in Kickboxing that you looked up to or modeled yourself after?

I really liked watching Peter Aerts, he was the one that gave K-1 name the worldwide fame, he is the real legend of K-1.

You've mentioned in the past looking to retire when you would win the K-1 World Grand Prix and possibly retiring after the 2010 World Grand Prix Finals. With K-1 being in disarray right now, do you still have the same goal, or has your success convinced you to continue competing for a long time?

My trainer convinced me to keep fighting, to win as many K-1 and It’s Showtime titles that I could, so I will not retire any time soon, I will compete for as long as I can.

If you were to retire tomorrow, what would you choose to do as a career?

I really don’t know, maybe teaching kickboxing, but when I eventually retire I will take a nice and very long vacation first hahaha.

Your next fight is against Sergei Lascenko whom you've defeated in the past, who has also improved in the past few years. Do you believe that he'll provide more of a challenge this time?

For sure, I am the champion right now and he want to prove that he is on my level and can beat me, but I take every opponent seriously so I don’t underestimate anyone.

Do you have any other fights scheduled or in talks that you can tell us about?

It’s Showtime in Brussels on June 30th, I will fight Frederic Sinistra because Gokhan Saki cancelled on our fight.

What is your favorite Knockout in your career?

My favorite KO is the KO from the K-1 Final 16 2010 in Korea over Errol Zimmerman, with this KO I was the first Romanian fighter to ever qualify for the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8.

Quite a few fighters have retired in the past few years, do you regret not getting to fight any of them?

Not really, there is enough of a challenge out there for me, but I would liked to fight Remy Bonjasky. He sad he is willing to do a retirement fight, so I am always available for him if he wants to fight.

What is your dream fight, any fighter alive or dead, active or inactive?

My dream fight is with Badr Hari, but he has left kickboxing for boxing. There were many people talking about wanting me to fight Badr after I knocked Gerges out, but he has left kickboxing. Although, if he does come back to kickboxing he should be prepared to fight me


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Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-03 at: 05:53
Thanks for the read D-Rop
Polakian (252 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-03 at: 06:00
AAhh excelent interview...Daniel Ghita is the man and my favorite fighter right now..such a great guy, represents the sport well and super talented...glad to hear that retirement talk is out of the picture as he is still too young...too bad the Saki fight fell through but I think after there last fight Saki doesent want to have that kind of damage again...maybe it will be in K1...super glad to hear contracts from K1 are coming through now to fighters..the ball is rolling so I am estatic about that..the sport is just not the same without it..even Daniel understands that..cool that he sees Peter as a fav fighter and looking forward to the lascenko bout..hopefully Sergei learned how to check kicks better and a match with Bonjasky..that would be the best fight for his retirement fight!!...I suspect when FIKA gets going fighers like Hari, and Spong will be back..just cant see them being away for too long as they wont be as succesful outside of there best sports..thx for posting D-Rop
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-03 at: 07:17
You're welcome.

Remarkable that Ghita says: with Hari leaving, I am going to be the nr.1 HW.
Has he forgotton about Schilt? Or does he really think he is better?
OK, he said 'going to be' .... maybe in the future.
Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-03 at: 08:16
Awesome interview, thank you for posting!

...btw I gave it 5 stars, so how can it have a 2 star rating if everyone likes it?? :S
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-03 at: 10:53
@Rob Yeah, this rating .... something very strange.
Polakian (252 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-04 at: 05:29
@ D-Rop..I think Ghita is confident and ready to take that mantle...but Schilt is a tall order (hehe no pun intended) even at 38 years of age

You notice how he mentioned he will be receiving 50% of what is owed to him!!!!
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-04 at: 09:14
Yeah ... 50% ... and he seems glad with it!
Mitko J. (1210 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-04 at: 09:18
Great read! Saki is really too small to swim with the sharks. But seriously, anyone knows what's with Schilt?
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-04 at: 11:43
i saw shilt doing sum P.R work for japan and k1 a while back when they still tough k1 was gonne be re-born ..

Since than its bin quite

Polakian (252 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-05 at: 12:13
Now with what apparently is issues between ITS SHOWTIME & GG and ITS SHOWTIMES involvment with the new investors of K1 there has been specualtion that GG and K1 wont work together....I hope this not true and K1 works with both organizations.
mehdiman (636 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-05 at: 11:16
I like particularly his Zen attitude
But I found his Ko on Zimmerman last year more spectacular . And it made pour less ink than this one...
A Ghita-Hari would have been widely more interesting than this Saki-Hari.
At one moment, they (IS i guess ?) had planned two fights Ghita-Hari ?
I think that Rutz has a lot of influence on Hari and he will know how to organize this fight
paulallen (346 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-05 at: 04:17
He won once by Ko and he is the Man to beat ?
Well... He only won Gerges...
If everybody agree...
I always thought Gerges isnt a top level fighter even if he had 3 R vs Schilt.
K1Fan (846 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-05 at: 07:25
well he is the man to beat. Gerges is not a bad fighter. Top level fighter. I think He might be the best after Schilt, now that Badr and Overeem are gone.

His punches are good, he is fast, good lowkicks, size is good. pretty smart fighter as well. He doesnt ahve the flare like Hari aerts or Hoost, but he is stronk! Not to mention his potentional to grow.
I think he can beat Schilt now, 50 50, in a few months easy win over Schilt. Thats my prediction.

Yeah i wish they would fight. would be a nice game.

Im also pretty dissapointed that Schilt didnt fight. I wish more peope would appreciate Schilt.
K1Fan (846 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-05 at: 07:30
@ D rop

Yesh it was interesting to read how he said now that Badr is gone he is the best. Implying he thinks Badr is better than him. Pretty realistic and accurate observation, u dont see that a lot. Usually everyone thinks they r best.
I think he also knows that he can beat Schilt.

Schilt his style s not effective vs Ghita, because Ghita can stand and trade with Schilt, and we all know about his chin. Even Remy knocked him out....

I think Ghita has a better chance of beating Schilt than Hari and Overeem. But Overeem and Hari can beat Ghita pretty easily.

What an interesting sport!!!!!!!!!!!!
Polakian (252 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-05 at: 10:46
@ K1 fan... Bonjasky never KO Schilt..it was a glancing punch for a count, much like the Hari knockdown from Remy...

I disagree that Hari & especially Overeem would beat Ghita easily...Badrs wild style at times, particularily when technical drawn out fights arent going his way might play right in to Ghitas technical patient game...however that probably is the way Badr would have to fight him-to use his quickness and speed advantages..and Overeem well I dont think that is a good matchup for Alistair in all respects...however these would be fantastic fights to see
K1Fan (846 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-06 at: 03:49
Yes but he still went down. Just like that Hari went down. Weak chins.

And btw, Hari doesnt have technically drawn out fights. He is more technical than ghita, much more. And has so much more experience that its an easy win.
Badr was only knocked out by schilt after very hard fight vs overeem and vs Overeem when he wasent ready for it mentally and underestimated Overrem.

He only goes super aggressive when he knows he can win like that. A lot of his fights before 2007 were super tactical scoring point fights, in which he wasent hit once in 3 rounds and scored a lot of points.
Starting in 2008 he won almost all his fights on first round KO. (Sefo Feitosa Ostojic Sinestra Schilt Overeem Karaev Bouzidi etc etc). And thats the period in which he had some very strong KO power and was able to KO the top K1 of the world.

/what I am trying to say is, that Badr can adapt to the situation. He is not a Bob Sapp that runs to his opponets hits hits hits till teh other guy or he himself falls down. lolol

Im guessing Badr will start patienntly and then will KO Ghita in r 2, maybe maybe in R1 if he catches Ghita well.
Ghita just started, they are in a different league.

I agree. Would be fantastic fights!
Polakian (252 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-06 at: 06:08
K1 Fan well a KO is a KO so you should choose your words more carefully..secondly just the fact that you state that Badr would defeat Ghita easily, tells me you are not thinking objectively...furthermore I dont know if you actually read the interview but at no time did Ghita state he didnt believe he was in Hari's league or that Hari was better then him as you stated. He simply acknowledged Hari as a great fighter(which he is), he said that he believes in himself, and that he wants to fight him;

"My dream fight is with Badr Hari, but he has left kickboxing for boxing. There were many people talking about wanting me to fight Badr after I knocked Gerges out, but he has left kickboxing. Although, if he does come back to kickboxing he should be prepared to fight me"

This doesnt sound like a man that lacks confidence to face Mr. Hari, particularily after stating "he should be prepared to fight me". But I do believe he respects him as a fighter and acknowledges his talents.

Also, I didnt say that Badr always fights wild, I personnaly think he is very technical. What I said is at times he is, particularily when losing or when he think he could lose the match-which he has proven against Bonjasky and Gerges. Against Schilt Iin the WGP final of 09 I believed he employed the right tactics because thats the way you have to fight Schilt and it worked before-that is to fight very aggresively.

This is just my opinion and of course Hari has the ability to beat Ghita as he is just that good, particularily when he is in the right frame of mind. I just dont think it would that easy and i think it could go either way depending on the tactics of each man.

P.S. come on Bob Sapp..you shouldnt even make that comparison...but I get your point

Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-07 at: 12:50
@K1Fan Shilt his style is not effective ??

Uhm im sorry but a fighter with the lenght of shilt is always a potential danger
he might be a boring type of fighter but thats part of his style ..
he dus not need to do mutch just time his punch or kick with precision
most (alot) fighter(s) just walk straith into his tall arm of leg in a clinch he just needs to pull his knee up ...

(and shilt never goth koed by remy he got knock-down and its not like remy is a douch)

And being knock down on the canvas gives you a a glas jaw right away ..
come on guys i noticed people like to use the term glas jaw a lott ..
i dont think shilt goth a glass jaw ..When you get hit with a good one you get hit
Remy might not be one of the best with his fist,but dont underestimate a punch
(Specially if you dont espect mutch from sumbodys punch)
you see it a lot sum fighters can take beating after beating on theire chin nose face back of the head ..and than in a other fight the same fighter wil go down with one punch ..Its just takes a good one on the right moment ..

So there ar not that many fighters with a iron jaw ...

As for as ghita vs hari .. that would be interesting ghita showed he has a pretty solid
defence and he showed he has a good ko in his hands to and his kicks are pretty good to they do seem a little less compared to a while back ..And it would not be a easy fight for hari why well because of the simple reason Ghita has a solid defence
and he dus not go into sumbody ells his game plan

Polakian (252 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-07 at: 06:37
@ Rishi

Good points..Ghita's defence is outstanding and an important facet to his game...also you are correct to point out that many of us are too quick to label fighters with weak chins after a KO or two..Remember, its the heavyweight division! The fighters of this division all have some serions artillery..Semmy Schilt or Hari do not have a weak chins as I have seen them take some solid hits ..just not a chin as solid as say Mark Hunt, who argubably had the best chin of alltime..Jerome LeBanner & Ray Sefo hit him with full power and never KO'd him..Cro Cop hit him with full shin- left high kick and he took an 8 count and continued(mind you saved by the bell in that fight)..yet he gets KO'd by Mevin Manhoeff many years later...it can happen, particularily as fighters get older and there reflexes & reaction times get slower and thus dont see the incoming hit..it can happen to anybody, however obviously some can take more damage then others...for example I believe Ghita can take more punishment then Hari over the course of a fight..however this will not mean much if Hari sets up a perfectly timed attack that Ghita would not see coming. You know, we should take a poll to see who would win this fight and why as i would be curious to know what all the members would think.
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-07 at: 09:33
@Polakian If you like, you could start a forum-thread about it ...
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2012-02-07 at: 02:57
@Polakian Yes exactly what im saying !!!

And of course sum fighters can take more than others ...
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