8/1/14, Mashantucket Reservation, CT - The night before a fight can be a weird time for a fighter. Some go into seclusion, turning off their phones and locking themselves in a room. Some go out to a big dinner with the team or friends and family. Some just eat, watch movies, visualize and pass out, or try to. I was lucky enough to catch Justin Greskiewicz, the Purple People Eater, the night before the biggest match-up of his professional Muay Thai career, Malaipet Sasiprapa in the Lion Fight 17 show at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.
Not wanting to take up too much of his time, especially while he was eating, we shared a quick six questions, and then I let him get back to it:
Okay, the weigh-ins over, the hard work is done, time to eat rest, relax and get ready to have some fun tomorrow... if you have the time it'd be great if you can answer these any way you see fit.
The Arbiter: What makes tomorrow's match-up different or more challenging than previous fight? Do you think it's your toughest?
Justin Greskiewicz: This fight is definitely going to be tough. He keeps talking about how hard he trained and that we're gonna see the old Malaipet again. That will make my victory that much sweeter. This will be one of my toughest fights to date for sure.
T.A.: What are some challenges that you faced in training and teaching/running Stay Fly at the same time?
JG: Training hard for a fight is difficult with my own business to run. I'm pretty much the Lone Ranger running stuff there. Also, I don't really have a coach, but lots of people have helped me out along the way for this fight and so many people have stepped up so I could train hard.
T.A.: How has your training differed from prior fights? Any new wrinkles?
JG: I trained hard for this fight. My last 2 fights I had a tough time finding training, but I still did very well. For this fight, I had the help I needed to get ready to do it.
T.A.: What are the weaknesses in your opponent’s game that you think you can exploit?
JG: Malaipet's biggest weakness has been his conditioning, recently. I think I can exploit that if I really push the pace of the fight. Also, his boxing is not really great, he looks for one big shot at a time, and I'll be looking to take advantage of that.
T.A.: Which part of your game or personality would you say is your most reliable or central to victory tomorrow?
JG: My biggest ally in this fight is my will to win. A win here at Lion Fight would be great for my career, especially against one of the best in the game. I want it bad, and tomorrow I'm gonna take it.
T.A.: And lastly, are there any special combos or techniques we should watch for? Old favorites, new experimental stuff?
J.G.: I will be looking to mix it up a lot in there tomorrow. You might see a fancy technique or two thrown in, which isn't normally the style that I fight. It should be exciting.
T.A.: Thanks for your time brother, I'll let you get back to your visualizations or Tekken or watching Dolomite, whatever your routine is.
J.G.: Ha-ha! Thanks still stuffing my face…
T.A.: Enjoy, asta manana!
J.G.: Werd up!
T.A.: Thanks again for taking time to answer even a couple if these. Best of health and luck tomorrow, CHOK DEE, BROTHER!!!!
Justin will be fighting Thai Champion Malaipet Sasiprapa tonight as the main event of Lion Fight 17 from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Casino and Resort tonight. If you can’t be there live you can catch it on AXS TV, starting at 7:00pm.