Interview: Gery BAVETTA
Italy's Gery BAVETTA is regarded as one of the best fighters in his country. He is increasingly demanded in the international events. At 24 years old, he has a total of 30 fights (25 wins (15 KO), 5 losses). He trains in Italy at the “Team Cacciato Universal Gym Italy”; in Thailand, he trains in Bangkok at the Luk Barnyai camp. He often fights at 57kg, but he can also fight between 53 and 60kg.
Gery BAVETTA: I started doing boxe and K1 when I was 16, then I started getting to know the Muay Thai world and I started focusing on this sport. At first, as other stuff I like doing, it was simply a hobby. They used to tell me I was well talented; so I went to Thailand to train and get to know this sport better. No point saying that it really caught my attention and from that point onwards I never abandoned it.
Have you always had a boxer as a model, someone that you admire a lot?
Since I was little and as any other respectful Farang, it was impossible not to follow Ramon Dekkers, although I do not particularly prefer his style. What I liked of him and that I still like is the energy he brings on ring throughout the whole fight.
I admire today’s boxer, Sayiok Pumpanmuang, as I saw him fighting and even the public could fear him. I have never experienced that much of strength, techniques and security adopted and showed on the ring.
What kind of boxer are you ? What are your assets and your weaknesses ?
I see myself as an unpredictable boxer. I enjoy studying my opponent, and launch an attack to them with all my strength.
Everyone has its weaknesses, which can be spotted only after the first couple of rounds. It would be a mistake not trying to improve or work on my weaknesses. In fact I am quite strict with myself and this helps me a lot for my fights in order to gain what I want to achieve.
Undoubtedly a memorable fight was the one in Birmingham (UK). It was the first time for me fighting in such a well structured and organised event. To this day, I still had not taken part to such an organised event; not just for the blows seen but more for the quality of the organisation in general. It was incredible.
Even though I do not usually remember my opponents, I do clearly remember the match I had against David Macintosh in Scotland as I really struggled with him. This was also due to my problem with my tibia, at the time, which did not allow me to move freely and to proper defend myself. Another fight I do still remember is the one with Amine Kacem (France): a very aggressive boxer, not easy to hand when on the ring. Nevertheless he also struggled against me as he even confessed so because we both put a lot of effort throughout the 5 rounds.
Which fighters would you like to face ?
I would like to get the best opponents as only by fighting with the best ones can actually improve. It does not matter if you lose, I do not like easy wins.
I love to fight and live in Thailand as here, Muay Thai, is a totally different story.
I train quite a lot in Thailand and in Bangkok to be precise as I have a camp where they treat me well; I am talking about the Luk Barnyai of which I am always nostalgic when I am in Italy.
You are going to fight at the WMC I-1 Grand Extreme 2013. How do you prepare for this event ? Your opponents are Yodkumarn MTP 2004, Frank Vilchez and Alexander Epp. Do you know them ?
I am training very hard for this event; and I am doing so in Bangkok, at the Luk Barnyai. As for my opponents I do not believe they are better than my fellows thai who train with me at the camp. In my opinion the problem is that they are bigger than me but I will get to know them during the first round.
Would you like to add something ?
I am focusing myself entirely on Muay Thai. I will never back down till my body will say “enough” and till my tibias will be able to kick, I will continue kicking !