Monday, March 19th, 2018: Current WBC Asia welterweight champion, Nick Frese, steps back into the squared circle this week, where he will face off against Japanese boxer Yoshikawa on the WorkPoint boxing promotion, which takes place at the WorkPoint TV studios on the outskirts of Bangkok - on Saturday afternoon.
SiamFightNews sat down with Nick in between his grueling training sessions for a brief chat about his life inside and outside the ring.
SFN: Hi Nick. It’s fight week. How are you feeling mentally and physically?
NF: Hi guys, I am feeling physically better than ever, I have been working a lot on strength and conditioning since I last fought back in October 2017 — the aim was to turn my physical weaknesses into strengths.
SFN: Take us through a typical day in the life of Nick Frese, during your training camp?
NF: In the mornings it is either, running or strength and conditioning — in the afternoon it is always boxing training: grueling pads sessions, numerous rounds of intense sparring and countless hours of bag-work.
SFN: You are fighting Japanese boxer Daichi Yoshikawa (8-6-0), a pugilist who is coming down from light-heavyweight to fight you, what do you know about him?
NF: I honestly don't know that much about him, other than his nationality and seen/studied one fight clip. He is like most Japanese fighters: have heart, which I like, as I enjoy being in a fight, as for my opponent coming down from light-heavyweight I don't think that will be a problem for him, because I think it was a one off, and he has fought in my weight class before.
SFN: This is your 8th pro fight, you are 7-0, how would summarize your stint in the pro ranks so far?
NF: I am loving living the life of a professional boxer, my career is going well as my record shows — I am working and will continue to get those rounds and wins under my belt, work on my ranking to eventually conquer the welterweight division in the future.
SFN: You will fight live on Thai TV, does that add extra pressure for you, or is it an extra motivational incentive?
NF: To be honest, it doesn't add any extra pressure as I have fought on TV a couple times before — it’s actually works as extra motivational incentive to show the viewers my qualities as a boxer.
SFN: You train at Sitsongpeenong gym in Bangkok, why do you train there?
NF: I train there as it is located well to suit my needs, also I have a very good relationship with the camp, as I have been going there for several years. My boxing coach Phanieng Poontarath is a great boxing coach, he is also the head boxing trainer at Sitsongpeenong, he used to train under the guidance of Master Ismael Salas, as well.
SFN: You have been tutored by Cuban trainer Ismael Salas in recent years, what would you say is the best guidance he has given you?
NF: Ismael Salas, when training me brings so much experience, knowledge of boxing, feeding my brain with knowledge, and perfecting my technique, as he is a master of understanding and explaining and teaching the fundamentals of boxing.
SFN: How did you get into the sport of boxing, and what does it mean for you to be a boxer?
NF: I got into boxing by accident, as I was a promising young footballer who played for Ajax Fc youth academy. I wanted to work on my physicality so I did that with wrestling and at the same gym they had MuayThai I tried it and went onto train in MuayThai first, for a year and then boxing came into my life.
SFN: What is your record as an amateur, and please define your amateur career?
NF: As an amateur my record is roughly 60 wins and 10 losses. I boxed for the Thailand national team as well, which was a beautiful experience representing your nationality on a world podium. I started my youth amateur boxing in the Netherlands and Germany where I had good success as an amateur winning several domestic ‘titles’ in both countries — then I moved to the UK for University and studying, where boxing also continued but not as much as I would've liked as my college studies interfered.
Therefore, I then made the move to Thailand to chase my dream of going to the Olympics and eventually turning professional. The Olympics didn't go as planned as at the qualifying tournament in Azerbaijan it was evident that politics and money played a huge role in decisions and scorecards at that tournament in order to qualify. It was clear that I was a victim of that occurrence. I got near to qualifying, but it didn't pan out. I then decided it was time to become professional and chase the dream of a world title.
(Photo by MuscleFactoryBangkok)
SFN: Who is your greatest boxing inspiration and why?
NF: My greatest inspiration as a boxer is Andre Ward. Why? He is very disciplined. He uses intelligence, and fundamentals to neutralize his opponents and outside of the ring he is very humble and knows what he is talking about.
SFN: Would you like to say anything to your fans and the people who support you during your boxing endeavors?
NF: To everyone supporting me, thank you very much — I truly appreciate all of you and I hope you keep supporting and following what I do in the ring and outside. It will only get better and better as I continue my boxing adventures.