Victor Nagbe: I want to fight the biggest names
|Written by Jarrod Boyle on 12 September 2012|
Victor ‘Hot Chilli’ Nagbe has come to show Aussie fight fans the meaning of ‘tough’.
Born in Liberia, Nagbe made his way to the NTG gym in Brisvegas via the refugee camps in Guinea, West Africa. He aims to make his mark on the Australian – and international – fight scene in the tradition of the world’s best technical fighters.
Q. How old are you, Victor? And how long have you been training?
A. I’m 18 and have been training for three years.
A. I’ve had sixteen. I won 14, lost one and drew one. Of my wins, four of those were KOs.
Q. What weight are you fighting at?
A. I was hanging around late one night, walking the streets with this friend of mine. There was this guy, Mark Christmas, sitting out having a beer. He said to me, “Does your mother know where you are?” I said she did; my friend and I were just out walking around. He asked if I did any martial arts, and I just said I knew some taekwondo. He offered to take me to a Muay Thai school, and he did. That’s how I ended up at Dip Muay Thai. I started fighting and training, but I was still at school. When I finished high school, I made the decision to train full time. And here I am. Originally, I am from Liberia, in West Africa. From there my mother, sister and I went to a refugee camp in Guinea. In Africa, life is hard. You have to fight to eat. I came [to Australia] in 2005.
A. My aunty came to Evolution 25 and watched. I fought the best I could to make her proud of me.
It’s hard! The standard is very high. Also, the gym has a very good name and you feel responsible for it. I liked training at Dip Muay Thai, but my family moved away from the area. It was really far to travel, so I started at NTG.
A. I spar with everyone who is under 90kg: Daddy Kool, Ghot and Soren. They are excellent to spar, very skilled and highly technical.
A. I always think about the way I want the fight to go [beforehand]. I think about how I want to be the best. I know that NTG has a good name, and I feel responsible for it. I don’t want to let Nugget and the boys down.
I’m very focused on technique. I watch lots of fights and I learn from watching. I like Yodsanklai. His technique is simple and heavy. That’s the way to go.
A. Aside from Yodsanklai, I’d say Senchai, Soren Mongkontong and Daddy Kool.
A. Jim Irwin. I fought him on Evolution 25. We both hit each other as hard as we could. I gave him everything I had and I was left wondering, ‘What do I have to do to stop this guy?’ In the end, I won the fight by split-decision.
A. For highlights, there’s more to come. I want to fight the biggest names, because they bring the biggest opportunities.
A. It would have been when I went down to Melbourne to fight on Warrior’s Way 5. I stayed at the Hilton Hotel! I travelled to fight – it was my first time out of Brisbane. It felt like a holiday! I won my fight, I got to travel and see Melbourne and I didn’t have to pay for anything!