Javi Guzman is Lightweight Amateur fighter from Philadelphia. He is currently 1-0 in Amateur bouts. Guzman has an upcoming Lightweight bout at Locked In The Cage: Thursday Night Fights 1, taking place on June 2nd at the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia. He occasionally trains with Philly fighter and Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez at the Philadelphia Fight Sports Gym, located at 6811 Torresdale Avenue, around the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia. Guzman was nice enough to speak with me, and answer a few of my questions.
Kyle Holdsworth: Tell me about the gym you train at.
Javi Guzman: I train at Philadelphia Fight Sports gym. I’m surrounded by great partners and great coaches. The gym is owned by my manager Mike Winkler. The head instructor at Philadelphia Fight Sports gym is Professor Anthony Galeano, who is a Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu professor and black belt. He’s my head coach.
KH: Your next fight is an Amateur Lightweight bout between you and Demetris Papaioannou. What do you know about him?
JG: I don’t know anything about him. That really doesn’t matter though. It’s just another day in the cage and another day at work.
KH: You’re last fight, which was actually your MMA Amateur debut, you beat fellow Amateur fighter Frank Doyle via Omoplata in under 2 minutes. How did that come about and how did you feel getting a win in your debut?H:
JG: Really, I just saw an opening and took it. Professor Anthony Galeano and I went over that submission hold along with hundreds of other submission holds, and it just came naturally to me. As for the win, the feeling was great. I finally felt like I was at home in a cage where I belong, where I had trained years to be. The winning part was just extra.
KH: How do you feel you did in the fight and how have you improved since then?
JG: I think I did good, but I wasn’t impressed with my overall performance. After I won, I actually wasn’t satisfied with my win, and how I did it. I felt I could have done better, and as a result went right back to training the next morning. Since my last fight I believe my all around MMA has significantly improved, as it should with every fight. You can feel it in the gym too. The better I get, the better everyone else gets.
KH: What would be your ideal result for your upcoming fight?
JG: Winning is nice (laughs). Winning anyway I can get it is always good. Winning is winning of course, but if I had to choose, I would love to get a first round knockout, and not getting touched considering I have my prom the next day (laughs). But yeah, I want that knockout BAD! So I can shock and please everyone. Even though, I want to please everyone, Eddie Alvarez would tell me “It’s not about pleasing everyone, it’s about winning any way you can do it. That’s all that matters, don’t go in there looking to knock him out, go in there and expect anything and go for what the opponent gives you.” Professor Anthony Galeano and Eddie always say that stuff along with, “Hope for the best, but expect the worst”, so that when I train I expect my opponent to be the next UFC Lightweight Champion. That way, I train hard so I don’t get surprised during the fight.
KH: Thanks for doing this interview man, I appreciate it and good luck on your fight on June 2nd.
JG: No problem, thanks for the opportunity and wishes for the fight. I’d like to thank God, Profession Anthony Galeano, my manager Mike Winkler, my grandparents Maria & Felix Guzman, my girlfriend Brianna Galiczynski, Elonzo Fairbanks, Carlson Gracie Fight Team/Jiu-Jitsu, Philadelphia Fight Sports gym, everyone at the gym including the coaches and my training partners, Angel & Nancy Gonzalez, all my sponsors, Brandon Bregenzer, and Juan Bustamante.
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