Interview of YETKIN OZKUL by Serge TREFEU (2008)
Serge TREFEU: Hello Yetkin, how are you ?
YETKIN OZKUL: Very well thanks
How old are you ?
When did you start Muay Thai ?
I first did taeckwondo, I am black belt. Then I did kick boxing, I’am champion of Turkey. Then I started Thaï boxing, wich I have make during three years in Turkey. I’ve been twice champion of Turkey. I went in Holland to live, I stayed here one year, I have fought in Muay Thai and English boxing in Amsterdam.
When did you come in France ?
I have been here for one year and half
In wich Gym did you go ?
I came directly to The RMB boxing. I have been there for one year and half.
Where did you live in Turkey ?
I am from Akdeniz a city near Antalya
How you made a lot of fights in Turkey ?
Yes a lot. I have about 115 fights in amateur in Muay Thai and kick boxing…
How many wins and defeats ?
96 wins. 4 draws. 15 losses.
Do you have a lot of K.O. ?
About 35 K.O.
What kind of boxing style do you have ?
I like kick techniques but I work more with my fists, I love English boxing !
You already went boxer to Thailand ?
yes in 2004, I won the championship of Turkey and I was selected for the amateur world championship in Bangkok. There I arrived third in my category, I had the bronze medal
How many fights do you have in France ?
Here I did 9 fights. 7 wins and 2 losses
Who are the principal fighters you fought in France ?
I fought against the thaï Saichon Por Pramuk (Buakaw’s sparing partner) who I beat. The Dutch Delom Carrilho (Europe champion IFMA) I beat him in city of Lille. In February I fought against Mounir Bouti (France champion) I lost in the points. And in April I won the French championship belt against Xavier Bastard
Until now who is the most difficult opponent you had ?
It is Kantipong, he is very, very strong in boxing…
Who are you training with in the RMB ?
With Karim Aliouan and Sofian Seboussi
What are you next fights ?
I was supposed to fight for a Europe championship belt in England against Rob Storey on June 26. But there is a problem with the visa so I can’t go there. It’s Xavier Bastard who will fight in my place…
In wich category do you fight now ?
In amateur I was boxing in – 57 Kg, now in – 60 Kg.
Who would you like to fight in your category in France ?
Fight Mounir Bouti again and fight Albert Chey, he’s a good boxer in my category
Do you feel good in France ?
Yes very well. When I was in Holland for more than a year I didn’t like it at all, I prefer France…
There is an important Turkish community in Paris, you live in Paris ?
No, I live in Stains (suburb city). I’m feeling good there, all my family is there, we are about 30…
Thanks and good luck for your fights
Weight : 60 Kg
Titles : Turkey Champion in kick boxing and Muay Thai.
France Champion in Muay Thai.
Bronze medal in world championship amateur muay thai in Bangkok.
Numbers of fights : More than 100 in amateur.
Professional : 28. 25 wins. 3 Losses. 14 K.O.