Remy Bonnel another French Guy in K-1 Max.
K1 in Las Vegas 13 th August 2005
On August the 13th 2005, the K-1 came in Las Vegas. Along the traditional heavyweight fights for that night, one "extra fight" in particular got our attention. After Samir Berbachi and Farid Villaume, it was now an other "frenchy" to start in the K-1 max . For this fight, the french guy Remy Bonnel was opposed to “the” american star : Duane LUDWIG. Muaythaitv is pleased to give you an interview from this very promising fighter.
MTTV: Hi Remy. Until now, only few muay thai experts knew you as a member of the "PHENIX MUAYTHAI" Club in Paris, whom you represented during the "Muay thai French championships", but you had never really made yourself known to a larger public. Could you please tell us more about yourself ?
Hi MuaythaiTV, I am 30 years old (Already), and had 54 fights, 47 victories, 7 defeats, and 33 KO's et I am indeed little known to the public. I think it is better because by this way I really get to surprise my opponents. I would say that the only fighters they know me are fighter of my generation like Farid Villaume, Sidy Kone, Karim Saada, Pascal Lafleur etc... For the youngers ones, the only Remy they know is "Remy Bonjasky". Hopefully this will change...
The last time we saw you it was during the French championships in Charlety Stadium in the 13th quarter of Paris. What did you do after that ?
After my victory against Nordine Amri, I moved away to the USA. It was the big adventure. I didnt' know anyone and the only thing I knew was "Muay thai". I did like Redouane BOUGARA before he died. It was very difficult but I didn't regret. I think it was harder for my family.
How did you reached to start a new life in the USA ? How did you organised yourself professionally ?
When I arrived here, I’ve started to train in Muay thai in a gym in Florida. Very Quicly they ask me to become instructor. By the way i’m still instructor in this Gym. From this time, i had my papers ( the hardest part). Now, i give courses, i fight, and work in some of the best nightclubs in Miami. And i still find the the time to go to the the beach.
Where do you train ? What are the mains differences between your training in France ?
I train at the "SOUTH FLORIDA BOXING". It’s a very good place. It is hot and humid just like in Thailand, which is perfect for the cardio trainning. The advantage is that I can do sparring in boxing with high level fighters: Bernard HOPKINS, Glen JOHNSON, Jermain TAYLORS, David ESTRADA. They all come here to train.
Last month, MARYOGA went to train.
The gym is open at all time, so I can fill one training session with thai pads, sparring, bag, clinching, running and physical exercises... The americans, in boxing, or free fight etc... are very professional, and they train in specific ways, big cardio, eficiency and a lot of "sparring". It is really too long to describe. It is a job for them...
When you go to the office; those guys go to the gym. They think "fight", they eat "fight" and they sleep "fight". In France, it is a little less professional, but french fighters have more passion. I try to do both "styles".
How many fights did you do since you’re in USA ?
I have done 16 fights. In the beginning, it was in Shidokan in Chicago where I fought another french fighter, johnny TANCRAY by ko, and in thai style, I have beat guys like Hiroshi TAKAMATSU, Peter KALCEVIC, Trevor SMANDVYCH etc...
For now what is the Muaythai situation in US ?
Muay Thai is very popular in USA, and the level of fighters begins to become very interesting. I would say that they use so much the boxing style when they fight in Muay Thai. But some fighters begin to become very technical, Very thai style.
I think that we will have some surprises in several years.
You’ve just win against Duane LUDWIG. Can you tell us more about him?
LUDWIG, he is the star in the middle weight in USA. He fights in the k-1 max, he is a champion in free fight, but he is the kind of fighter that believe too much in his boxing style. That’s why i think he loose in K-1 max and, i am not sure his chin is very strong. The technics he used for free fight doesn't always work against a muay thai fighter.
And what about the fight ? Do you have any comments on it ?
During the fight he fall down in my trap, i’ve used the middle kicks , counter with my front knee and used the uppercut. That destabalized him and i took advantage of this situation to give him a high kick, he fall down on the ring and his eyebrow was opened. He finish the fight. I got the unanimous decision, and won every round. Finally i can say, “fighting in Vegas, it is something else: Mirage hotel ...it’s fabulous!”
This victory might put you in front position in the world wide scene. have you already talked about other future fights ?
Yes, we are talking about fight in Japan (I hope) a possible contract with the K1, and also a fight against Ryan SIMPSON from Holland or Jongsanan FAIRTEX.
Who would you like to fight ?
I would like to fight MASATO, this guy is in gold ! If you beat him, you are a star in Japan and you make good money. For real adversity, I would say BUAKAW, John WAYNE PARR . Those guys are really strong fighters, especially in Muay thai rules.
Actually, Who do you consider as the best fighters in less than 69 kg ?
The thais fighters in Lumpinee and Radjadamnoem Stadiums in less than 69kgs, VILLAUME, BUAKAW, John WAYNE PARR and certainly some other europeans that I don't know.
Farid VILLAUME is in the same category as yours. You are both from the same gym. Does it mean something special ?
Farid VILLAUME and me are coming from the same gym "PHENIX MUAYTHAI". I think this gym has a great vision to build fighters. We had many great thais fighters in our gym from ANUKHUN to NONGMOON, and other names that I can’t pronounce. This really helped us in our training. Brice and Hassan, the trainers took great care of Farid, Sidy KONE, Karim SAADA, YACOUBEN... All are champions.. This gym really has something going on....
Do you think that a fight between you and him is possible ?
A fight with Farid ? He is my friend, we used to play like small children in the past so it is not so easy. There is only two reasons for me to fight Farid. The final of the k-1 max if we get there, or a very good purse in a traditionnal event. Because even if we are professional, it is not easy at all to fight a friend, especially a friend who is one of the best in the world. Very hard !
Do you ever go back to the Phenix gym once in a while ? Do you keep any good relations with the school, its owners or nak muays ?Yes, when i go back to France, i go to the Phenix, to say hello to my friends, meet the new faces... Besides that we communicate all very much through email.
Is there anyone in particular that you would like to say hi to ?
I'd like to give a shout out to my family, my wife Babi, my friends from the 13th Quarter in Paris, David, Francois, the Phenix muay thai gym, Cheick Kongo and apologies to anyone I forgot.