By Sylvana Ambrosanio

Lukáš Konečný sat down with 72hrs after his victory over Karim Achour in Germany at the Abraham v. Stieglitz undercard. Konecny shares his thoughts on the fight, his boxing career, life and much much more.

"I can fight any of the best fighters today... but who I want? I want a big name with big title. So now I want Peter Quillin"

Check out what the Czech boxing champion would like to share with you:

SA: Lukas, thanks for talking to, how are you feeling 72hrs after your victory in germany?

LK: I’m feeling good, but I’m tired (laughs). My muscles are really hard now, I need another 2-3 days to recover and then I’ll start training again.

SA: Congratulations on your win over Karim Achour. What are your thoughts on it?

LK: It was not that easy, I had this fight under control, but cut over me left eye after accidental headclash at the beginning made me little nervous.

SA: Did everything as you expected and how you trained for?

LK: Yes we can say that Achour was fighting as we expected. The plan was to move in ring and end combinations with left hook.  All I was training for.

SA: What would a typical day look like for you in the build-up to a fight?

LK: Yes of course I have specific routines, some superstitious details like putting left glove on first too. Typical day before fight… I try to relax. We either train slightly after breakfast or just go for a walk in Park or city. I try to get some sleep after lunch.

SA: What is your favourite part of training?

LK: It’s not that easy to say, probably running and sparring which is usually a lot of fun to me.

SA: You fought in Germany plenty of times – do you feel that german is like home to you?

LK: No I am Czech, but we could talk about second home.

SA: What can you tell us about your childhood?

LK: My parents spent lot of time with me, I tried many more sports, we were often outside in nature. I’d say my childhood was very happy.

SA: What got you involved into boxing?

LK: Easy way. My father was in Czech national team and later professional boxer. I wanted to by like my father, so I started to box.

SA: You started off in the amateurs and had plenty of success. Was it an easy decision to transfer from the amateurs to the Pro ranks?

LK: Yes, it was easy. I had to give it lots of thoughts and after Olympic Games in Sydney (that were not very successful for me) I did not want to wait another 4 Years for the next Olympic Games. So I looked for different motivation in professional ring.

SA: You won many medals during your time in the amateurs, is there a particular memory that you see as your favourite?

LK: I think my favourite win was maybe over Diego Luna from Cuba at amateur world championship in Houston 1999 even though there were more important and harder wins.

SA: In your opinion, can anyone make the transition from amateurs to the pro ranks or are there certain qualities that you need for the pro game that not everyone in the amateurs necessarily has?

LK: I think that amateur and pro ring have many mutual aspects, but still there are things that are important for amateur boxers but not necessarily for professionals… like hardness, will - I’ve learned that successful pro boxers don’t have to be good amateurs or even street fighters.

SA: Moving on to your pro career, is there a particular fight that stands out in your mind that you have been at your best?

LK: Really hard fight was with Khoren Gevor (2fights) and maybe one of my best wins was over Mathew Hall in Birmingham. Worse memories I got on fight over Dzinziruk and also Baysangurov. Neither of these fights were clear and fair for me.

SA: What is your first boxing memory?

LK: I started boxing when I was about 8 years old and my first fight was draw. But second time over that same fighter I already won.

SA: What would you say are the key attributes for you as a boxer in order to become a successful boxer?

LK: Will and hardness.

SA: How do you use your best assets during training and in the ring?

LK: I use my mind in fight, I try to find a way to win. I try to fight with a method. I never give up a fight, I except a loss before the time goes off. And during training? I know that if I train harder the fight will be easier.

SA: If you could pick any fights for you right now, who would it be against?

LK: I can fight any of the best fighters today... but who I want? I want a big name with big title. So now I want Peter Quillin!

SA: Do you have any goals you would like to have achieved by the year end?

LK: I want to fight home in Czech now, preferably in June. If everything’s OK and I win then I want to get another Title shot!

SA: Is boxing, a job, a way of life or a sport for you?

LK: Boxing used to be my hobby, but it is my job now and I could not imagine my life without boxing!!! I know that I will stay in boxing after my active career is over. Boxing is part of my life forever.

SA: How does boxing affect your life, and family/friends?

LK: My life was formed around boxing. Not only my life, my mind too. I’ve been training over 26 years - I couldn’t live without boxing! (smiles)

SA: There have been some high profile doping offences emerge in recent months. Do you feel there is anything that can be done differently to help clean up the sport?

LK: Yes, I think that boxing need same doping control (rules) all over the world. Same in Germany just as in United States and of course with strict sanctions! Not only fights without decision, or stops for 6 months, need the same rules as Olympic sports.

SA: Is there anything else you would like to add to this interview?

LK: I hope, that Professional boxing will be more popular in Czech Republic. I’m doing all I can in that matter. It’s a great hard sport and it’s a hell-of-a show.

NOTE: Many thanks to SylvanaBoxing's dear friend Luke Doskocil for setting this interview up.