sat down with SylvanaBoxing.com 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.
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 SylvanaBoxing.com, 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.
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.
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.
fought in Germany plenty of times – do you feel that german is like home to
LK: No I am Czech, but we could
talk about second home.
can you tell us about your childhood?
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.
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
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?
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
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?
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.
How do you use your best assets during training and in the ring?
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?
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?
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?
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
NOTE: Many thanks to
SylvanaBoxing's dear friend
Doskocil for setting this interview up.