Frank Giorgi – 'The Showdown' on April 28

Frank Giorgi faces off against Steve Moxon on April 28. It’s hyped to be one of the fights of the year. We’ve heard from Steve; let’s find out what Frank has to say.

How many fights have you had now, Frank?

53.

It’s been a crazy-busy 12 months for you.

After Thai Fight (Frank fought Buakaw in the final outside the King’s Palace in Thailand), I’ve pretty much been prepping for this last one (on the Total Carnage Promotion, April 7). [I was] supposed to fight Antoine Pinto from France; he was on The Contender Muay Thai. He pulled out because of disagreements about weight, so they got this Swiss boy, Toby Alexandersson. He was tough. He was, um… I’ll tell you the truth. I think on the night he was better prepared and had more stamina. I had better timing; I had my eye in and I had his number. I ran out of steam in round 2, and I was on the back foot for the next 3. I gave him elbows all night, over 10 to the head, but he just kept walking in.

Alexandersson had just come off fight against Lansongkram. [He’s] basic, just walks… he walks in too much, and doesn’t throw enough. He’s the Scandinavian and Swiss champ, as well as the WPMF world champ twice. He’s fought some big names; a lot of Thais. That’s pretty much what I knew.

How was your prep, after coming off your fight against Buakaw?

I couldn’t train properly; I couldn’t do sprints. I didn’t have the best prep due to injuries. I felt that I didn’t have the strength and stamina I would have liked to. Three weeks out, Arslan [Magamedov] couldn’t hold pads, so Peter Kent stepped in. He was my first trainer when I began Muay Thai.

How are you feeling in the aftermath of Alexandersson?

I broke my left knuckle in the second round, and I banged up my leg.

How does that impact on your preparation for April 28?

If Joe [Nader] can’t let me fight Muay Thai rules or pay me more money, I’m going to say no. I feel like I could go in there, but it’s not for a title and I’m injured. What if I fuck up my hand even more and need to get it operated on? Who’s going to pay for that? If this fight means I need time off, I’m going to miss out on bigger events.

Could you see any other way to make it happen?

It’s been 3 years since I fought K1 rules, but I’m not complaining. I’ll take the fight, but why can’t Steve do Thai? I’m injured and they’re not my rules.

It looks like you may have found yourself in an untenable position.

I really want to go down there [to Melbourne]. I try to be really humble and respectful of the people I fight. I’ve always paid really upright respect to another fighter, but when we get into the ring it’s on. I try to save my talk for the ring. He’s talking this and that, ‘I’m going to knock him out’. If the fight happens, it happens, great; but if it doesn’t, it’s no skin off my nose.

Just in – Frank and Steve have agreed to fight modified Thai. It’s on!

 

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