On April 6, Bogdan Stoica makes his return to the ring from a nasty injury at the Superkombat WGP in Oradea, Romania. Stoica is the current reigning 95 kg Superkombat Champion, and is easily one of the most high-flying, dynamic, and exciting fighters in kickboxing today. Liverkick.com caught up with Bogdan to ask about his early life, his injury, and his upcoming fight in Oradea.
Liverkick: You are one of Superkombat's most well known stars, but fans in the West still don't know much about your beginnings. Can you tell us a little about where you grew up, and how you first got into kickboxing?
Bogdan Stoica: The first sport I ever was played was football. When I was six years old I began training with Steaua Buckarest (A Romanian Football Club), but when I was fourteen I started having health complication and was forced to quit. Two years later I decided to take up combat sports in my hometown of Bucharest. I used to visit my brother Andrei whenever he practiced judo, and that's what got me interested. I began with Wushu, and then became a professional fighter when I turned eighteen. The first time I fought for Local Kombat was in 2010.
LK: What is it like having a brother than also competes at a vey high level in kickboxing?
BS: We spar against each other all the time. It gets very emotional in the ring, and it helps to have his encouragement. Whenever we spar we use a lot of power and technique, but I would never actually fight with him.
LK: How do you feel about the development of kickboxing in Romania? Has it changed since you were young?
BS: It's grown much bigger in the last decade. It's great for Romanian kickboxers because it allows us to better help young athletes gain more experience. Superkombat President, Eduard Irimia, has done fantastic things here and worldwide. Kickboxing has become a product where it wasn't before. It's so popular that people recognize me on the streets. Most of them tell me about my amazing flying knees, and it makes me happy that someone appreciates my work.
LK: Most people aware of your accident that occurred in July of 212. For those that don't, can you give us your account of what happened that day?
BS: I was driving my motorcycle down a boulevard, and a car driven by careless driver collided with me. I swerved and collapsed to the pavement. For a few minutes I was unconscious, and when I awoke I was being transported to the hospital. I was there for about a week.
LK: What did the doctors say about the extent of your injuries?
BS: They told me if I was not an athelete I would have almost certainly have been dead. They were also extremely impressed with my ability to recover.
LK: You began training again in November of 2012. How was your rehabilitation?
BS: I followed the advice of my doctors. I have not forced anything, and taken my time, although I would have liked to fight in the final Superkombat in December. I did everything slowly, and took my time to make sure I was 100% recovered.
LK: Did your family want you to continue fighting after the accident?
BS: As you probably know, they were very concerned for my health. But they also knew that my life is this sport, and I wouldn't be able to live without it. They have supported me all the way. and have been with me ever since the accident. I can happily say that they will be there for my return fight on April 6 in the Superkombat Grand Prix in Oradea.
LK: Speaking of which, you're making your return fight against Romano Romasco of Italy. How do you feel about this fight? Is there anything about Romasco you feel you'll have to watch out for?
BS: I'm not worried about anything in particular. More importantly, I can't wait to be back in the ring again, trying to put on the most spectacular show I can. I'm well prepared and hungry to take a win.
LK: Do you ever plan to drop down to 85 kg again?
BS: No, for the moment I want to be the best in the world at 95 kg. In the future I'd like to fill out and fight heavyweight.
LK: Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans around the world?
BS: I want to apologize for my break, and I promise I've done my best in training. I would like to make up for it in Oradea by putting on a spectacular fight. I hope that everyone will be satisfied with my performance. Thank you for your support and Supuerkombat World Grand Prix on April 6, on Eurosport!
Head on over to Superkombat.com for more information, and be sure to catch the first installment of the Superkombat WGP on April 6.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
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