By Sylvana Ambrosanio

The first time I stepped in the ring to spar was a completely different feeling. You can hit the heavy bag, mitts, speed bag, and shadow box all day long, but once you get in the ring with another person it's a different intensity. I loved it!" - Skati Katz
 
Bashir, Skati Katz, Joey Gamache & Nate James

SA: Skati, how are things going with you?

SK: Everything is great. I am getting ready for my next fight on Feb. 5th in Austin, TX                                                                

SA: Did your last fight against Sarka Stoklaskova go as you had expected? 

SK: The fight was tough and I learned a lot from the experience. I am very happy about the victory although she brought strength that I didn't expect.

SA: Who would you like to fight next?

SK: I don't have anyone in particular that I am looking at right now, but I believe 2009 is going to be a great year for my boxing career. I hope to have a shot at a title. 

SA: When do you expect your next fight to be?  

SK: February 5th 2009 in Austin TX

SA: What are your short term goals?  

SK: Fight at least 4-6 times in 2009 and stay undefeated and be the next middleweight world champ

SA: What does your training look like?

SK: My training is very intense. My trainer Ann Wolfe, who is an 8 time world champ is an amazing trainer. I run every single day 4 miles, we box everyday for 2-3 hours and also do strength and conditioning for another few hours. I am in the best shape of my life right now.

SA: When you are in between fights do you stay in the gym? 

SK: I always stay in shape. I train everyday. My training differs when I am in boxing camp. I lift a lot of weights in the off season and then during the boxing camp I don’t lift weights but do lots of boxing drills

SA: Do you pretty much eat whatever you want?

SK: No, I have a very strict diet. I only eat clean. Lots of fruit, veggies, chicken, eggs, almonds, organic foods, and lots of protein. I never eat out and watch everything that is put in my body.

SA: What is your inspiration?

SK: My trainer, Ann Wolfe is my inspiration. She is the best and I really am lucky to know her and train with her. She is someone EVERYBODY can learn from.

SA: How did you get your nickname “The Killer”?

SK: My promoter in Austin gave me that name. I don’t feel like I am a Killer.  Yes I go into a fight to Kill, but being a Killer is not my instinct. I am looking for a different nickname. You have any ideas… Ask your fans… 

SA: What or who do you credit your success to?  

SK: I credit my success to me. I am a very hard worker and especially in boxing you are in the ring all alone. It is you and only you. I owe a lot of my skills to Ann, again, an amazing trainer. 

SA: What can we expect from you near the future?

SK: I am looking to fight a lot this year and build my fan base around the world.  I want people to know who I am and how serious I am about becoming a world champion. 

SA: Do you have anything you would like to tell boxing fans?   

SK: I want people to know that I am a real fighter and I love the sport of boxing.  I have learned a lot about myself and life because of this sport.  I want people to know that if you put your mind and heart in something, you CAN achieve it. I want to thank all my fans and want people to know that if anyone wants to contact me or ask me anything about boxing or myself, go to my website and contact me directly.