This year's K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 features three Romanian fighters: Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas and Benjamin Adegbuyi. Morosanu and Catinas are in the Final 16, while Adegbuyi is in a super fight. All three of them comes from different gyms and different parts of Romania, but they're also all SuperKombat stars and well known in their home country.
All three of them are in Tokyo now and we got the chance to ask them a few questions each before their fights this weekend at K-1.
LK: Since you are in a super fight and not in the Final 16, are you trying to make a big impression for K-1?
Benjamin Adegbuyi: I'll always try to make good fights not only for me, but for all my fans. I hope to be in the Final 16 in the future and to make a good impression.
LK: Have you been able to study your opponent, Jafar Ahmadi, and develop a strategy?
Benjamin Adegbuyi: I know he is a stronger opponent. He is the Muay Thai world champ and I'm sure he was invited because he has good qualities. I've seen some fights, but not complete ones. I will try not to make any mistakes.
LK: What is it about Chakuriki and Thom Harinck that has taken you to a whole new level?
Raul Catinas: I'm very excited at Chakuriki and I'm very glad about my choice to go there. The trainers are at the highest level and I have teammates with very good qualities. Thom Harinck is one of the best masters in kickboxing of the whole world so I can improve at every training session.
LK: This is not your first time in the Final 16. You have experience being in this position before, last time in Korea and now in Japan. How much will this experience help you compared to when it was your first time in the Final 16?
Raul Catinas: Now I'm on another level so I'm sure a new Raul Catinas will be in the ring. In that fight with Mighty Mo I was not prepared because they announced my participation just 3 weeks before the event.
LK: This year you have made big improvements. Is there any secret or did you make any big changes to get so much better?
Catalin Morosanu: At every training I try to do my best. My dream was to be a SuperKombat champion and to fight in the K-1 Final. For the moment, It's perfect for me and I think my trainer Mihai Constantin and my colleague Sebastian Ciobanu help me a lot.
LK: Your opponent, Paul Slowinski, is one of the best fighters in this tournament and he is much bigger than you. How are you going to approach the fight?
Catalin Morosanu: Yes, I know, but I have a great opportunity and I don't want to miss it. I will be directly with him! I cannot tell you my tactical plan, but he will get a surprise from me.
Even with Daniel Ghita's absence, Romania has three strong competitors at the K-1 Final 16 this weekend on October 14 in Tokyo, Japan.