Michel Tavares: I will go for it in APB08 July 2013
A hero in his home country of France after representing Paris United in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) first series, Michel Tavares is currently competing for Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder. Continuing his career abroad made him even stronger, more experienced and more confident. Now Tavares feels he is ready for an even bigger challenge, the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) competition.
Ahead of his first ever Pro bout, in which Michel will have to face London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Yamaguchi Falcao from Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Michel has responded to questions put to him by his fans on the APB Facebook page.
Michel, tell us, is there anything you like more than boxing?
I have to say that boxing is my biggest ever passion! This is for sure! But in terms of sports, I also enjoy cycling, football and tennis. Playing football for instance is great as it is a team sport and you can play with a group. I try to practice all of these sports whenever I find time for it.
Do you have any special nutrition secrets you could share with your fans? In particular, is there any food you prefer to eat before your fights?
I have no secret in this regard. I should say that I love eating; I enjoy tasty food, before my bouts as well. Actually I believe that once you are ready for the bout, you are ready and that is that. It is not about food.
How does it feel to have Yamaguchi Falcao the current Olympic bronze medallist as an opponent? What will be your strategy to overcome him?
I can just say that he is a good boxer and I respect him a lot, just as I respect every other athlete who practices this wonderful sport. I will definitely have a strategy on the eve of the fight, but for the moment to get ready for this bout I’m training for four hours per day.
Will you continue to fight with Italia Thunder in WSB Season IV as well or do you want to concentrate on APB?
Well, for the moment I am just concentrating on my training to get ready for my APB bout. I’m training for four hours per day. But if I will get the chance, I would really love to stay with Italia Thunder at least for the next season. I’ve learned a lot from them. At the end of the day I left my country to get new experience, to get stronger, to learn more. It would have been much easier just to compete in France which is my country. While in Italy I am a foreigner. It is not that easy as it seems. I am the kind of person one who never considers themselves to be perfect. You should never be too self-confident as there is always space for improvement.
What is your biggest goal in Boxing? Do you think you will be able to achieve it by your performances in APB?
My biggest goal is obviously to get as many titles as possible during my career. And I will go for it boxing in APB. What I know for sure is that all my background within the WSB will serve me a lot once I step into the APB ring.
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