|** STEFAN LEKO Interview ** by AL3X1S|
Hi champion, congratulations for the qualifying to The K-1 Final,
where we think you have many possibilities to become champion!
Thanx for your time to make this interview. All our support and good luck.
Leko: No problem and thanks for your support.
K-1fans: We saw you in a great level and shape vs a hard opponent as Sefo. If you won him, you could win everybody!
What did you feel before and after that Elimination fight?
Leko: For me it was no surprise. I was ready. I was sure to win the fight before it took place. I just needed some time to develop.
K-1fans: What did you talked with Sefo after the event?
Leko: As we are friends I told him that last time I was the one who lost the fight against him - today it is my day - i was better.
K-1fans: In Las Vegas you made a great tournament too. Do you think you are now in a best moment than some years ago?
Leko: Yes for sure, I feel I am in one of my best moments. I had some problems with my back some time ago. Thatís now solved and I am back stronger and more experienced.
Leko: Remy took the title in 2003 from me - now it`s my turn to get the title.
K-1fans: What would you say now to your next opponent Bonjasky?
Leko: Your time is over, now it`s my time to get the Champion Belt!
K-1fans: How do you imagine and wish the K-1 World GP Final? (Your predictions of Quarterfinals, Semis, and Final!)
Leko: I see myself in the final. Other predictions are too difficult.
K-1fans: What will happen (there are many possibilities) if you have to fight a Golden-Glory Gym partner in the final?
Leko: In Golden Glory we are very good friends so it would be difficult. But we are professionals and have to give our best. Thatís the business we are in.
K-1fans: Golden Glory seems the best team in the world just now. How is the work there?
Leko: Its very hard training in combination with very good trainers and partners.
K-1fans: Who are usually your sparrings, trainers, partners?
Leko: My sparring partners are Chalid, who is also in the final, Saki Gohkan and Peter Aerts.
My trainer is Cor Hemmers. Training with them is hard and intense but great partners.
K-1fans: How many hours do you usually dedicate to your training and how is your training routine? Have you trained even more hard to this great comeback?
Leko: I am usually training 2 times of 1'5 hours, per day. Its about running, gaining power, techniquetraining and sparring. I always train on top level. So I didnít train much more than normally for the final.
K-1fans: How do you describe the situation of Fighting Sports in Germany? (comparing to other countries) and is it improving now with more fighters, practisers and fans?
Leko: In Germany we are far behind other countries. The level in Germany is more Amateur like. Germany should more orientate the way the Netherlands go. I hope we can do it.
K-1fans: And comparing to other sports? what do you feel about for example football all day in TV and news, but almost nothing about martial arts?
Leko: It is sad, but thatís the case here. Martial Arts is more behind these main sports. But step by step we will get success in this.
K-1Fans: what do you spend your free time with? what are your hobbies?
Leko: Because of my professional Martial Arts career there is not so much free time for hobbies. But I like travelling, going to cinema and car driving.
K-1Fans: How do you describe your experience in MMA?
Leko: Unfortunately MMA was a very bad experience for me. Looking back I am very disappointed that I have started in MMA.
K-1Fans: Which were the reasons did you move to fight in Pride?
Leko: some problems with K-1 ...
K-1Fans: You have had a great return to K-1. Do you now think that K-1 is your place or you would try MMA again?
Leko: Yes absolutely, K-1 is my thing so I stay here. I am a Stand Up Fighter, thatís my strength.
K-1Fans: Would you want to comment something about your fight vs Badr Hari? What about to his attitude and his lucky kick against you? Will you ask for a revenge?
Leko: Oh I have erased it from my mind. It was a KO which means a loss and thatís it.
K-1Fans: Which are your goals for next years in fighting sports?
Leko: The first priority for me is to win the title this year. As I have signed a contract with K-1, I will have some more fights next year. For the future we will see.
K-1Fans: only for curiosity! what exactly means the sign you make with your arm before the fight?
Leko: That means firing-ready - something like my brand.
K-1Fans: About your beginning: How and when do you started in this world of martial arts?
Leko: I started at the age of 9 years with Karate , then switched to boxing and finally started with Thaiboxing/MuayThai at the age of 14.
K-1Fans: Who gave you the nickname "Blitz"? do you like it?
Leko: It was given by my manager. It is absolutely the correct nickname. Yes I like it. It means impulsive, fast and strong. All the criteria I meet.
K-1Fans: Who are your best friends in K-1?
Leko: Chalid and Peter Aerts.
K-1Fans: Do you appreciate the life in Japan?
Leko: I am interested in the culture and off course fighting in Japan, but living in Japan is not my way.
K-1Fans: Do you like and follow K-1 World MAX? who are your favourites?
Leko: Yes I follow K-1 MAX but I have no special favourites, because when I watch the events I see a lot of good fights and high skilled fighters.
K-1Fans: Have you visited K-1fans.com? please do! :D
Leko: I have not much time for the internet but yes of course I have visited - nice website. Continue the good job.
K-1Fans: Would you say something more to all your fans?
Leko: Yes, go on supporting me - I will always give my best for the sport and its fans.
K-1Fans: Thanx Champion. All our support. Good luck in Tokyo. If you win the K-1 WGP Final we will speak again ;)
Leko: Ok. Thanks a lot.
Official Golden Glory Website:
Comment this interview in our Community HERE