With the praises coming thick and fast from all corners of the boxing world
about the Kronk fighters SylvanaBoxing.com thought it was about time we got
to know a bit about the rising stars.
Today, I am here with
Joseph Bonas who sat down with me for an exclusive one on one interview and talks about
his experiences leading up to the big fight and looks at what the
future holds for him."I'm the one. THE ONE! I'm the chosen one. It's my
turn. I control my destiny. I will be world champion!", stated Bonas who had
his pro debut on the K9 v. Smith undercard. Watch out for Joseph Bonas - if
you blink, you'll miss it!
SA: Joseph, for those who
don’t know who you are, may you please introduce yourself?
I am Joseph Bonas, a Romanian from Detroit, Michigan.
I am a four time national champion as an amateur and recently just had
my professional debut at the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit.
SA: Congratulations on
your win over Witt. How are you feeling after such a great start to your
JB: Thank you for the
congrats. I feel very confident. The KO was a lot better than just a
win. I feel like my pro debut couldn't be better.
SA: What are your
thoughts on your first pro bout?
JB: My thoughts were I'm
finally here making my pro debut at 19 years old after a whole decade.
It felt good slipping my hands in some 10 ounce pro gloves to fight on a
great card. I was thinking a lot but I stood focus.
SA: You said before the
fight you will look for the knock out.
JB: The reason why I said
I will look for the knockout on Coy Witt is because I'm a good mind
reader and judge of character. I sized him up in the first 2 seconds of
meeting him. He was more than nervous.
SA: Do you already know
when you will fight next?
JB: No, I don't. But I’m
staying in shape waiting for the next call. Me and Sugar Hill have so
many plans that we haven't talked about yet or even finished talking
about. So there is so much more to come.
SA: Tell me about your
amateur career and did you enjoy your amateur career?
JB: Yes I enjoyed my
amateur career. It was a big part in my life. I went 25-0 before losing
my first bout. I am a four time national champion. I won the Ringside
tournament in 2006, the Silver Gloves in 2007 and then the Ringside
again in 2009. Then I finished my amateur career in 2010 after winning
the Junior Olympics National. I was voted the ‘Most Outstanding Boxer’
at 154 pounds with a record that consisted of 43-2.
SA: What was your
motivation for entering the pro ranks?
JB: My motivation in
entering the pro ranks is knowing that I'm the best. I’ve been sparring
pros since I was 15 years old. This is what I want. I love the science
of it all. It's also a good way to represent my Romanian people and the
city where I come from. Plus. it pays good! ha.
SA: How did you prepare
yourself for this new journey in your boxing career?
JB: I took it to the next
step – to a whole different level. I started eating good, training
harder and also running alot more. And also got very prepared mentally
for the pros.
SA: I know you have
trained with some great champions. Tell us about your experience and who
did you train with?
JB: I have trained with
some great champions! It was a big experience for me to go to Miguel
Cottos training camp to be his sparring partner. I’ve learned so much by
just watching him. I’ve been to the Wladimir Klitschko camp twice and
loved it more than any other camp I’ve been to. I met great people. I
have also been in the K9 camp as his main sparring partner. He is a
great person and tremendous fighter. Him being in the gym with me made
me take it to a different level. The Jonathan Banks camp also stood out
for me a lot. I loved to see him spar and he always been someone I
watched growing up. He deserves to be where he is at.
K9, Lanardo Tyner,
Joseph Bonas & Anthony Barnes
SA: How did working with
these fighters help you mentally and physically?
gave me so much more confidence to do what I love to do in boxing.
Period. I try and train harder than people in the gym with me in general
and I also make sure I learn something new every day.
SA: So what about the
transition from amateur to professional boxing? Were there many habits
to unlearn, or is it more like an ongoing process?
JB: For me it was a
little bit different. It was an ongoing process also. One reason that
plays a big part in it is Sugar Hill teaching me the pro way since I
have been an amateur. So I have been feeling like a pro.
SA: You are representing
the world famous Kronk Gym. How did you get involved with boxing?
JB: Yes, I am a Kronk boy
for life! I always loved fighting. And also got into fights at school. I
loved to test my own skills. The Kronk gym is one mile away from the
street that I grew up on. My father took me and my twin brother to the
gym and I fell in love with it.
SA: You are trained by
Emanuel Steward’s nephew Javon Sugar Hill. What did you learn from the
great Emanuel Steward – what was your relationship with him?
JB: Yes, Sugar Hill is
who puts the hard work in with me. I learned more boxing from Hill than
anything I have ever learned from a teacher at school. The relationship
between me and Emanuel is a little bit different. Emanuel showed me
places and things that will always stick with me. I had to trust and
believe and do what he tells me in the corner. He trained 40 plus world
champions so that proof gives me so much more to take to the ring with
me. It was great having him.
Jacob Bonas, Sylvana
Ambrosanio & Joseph Bonas
SA: What role does boxing
play in your life?
JB: Boxing plays a big
role in my life. A lot of people look up to me. Boxing is a way I show
people the real me.
SA: I know you have not
had an easy life. How has this affected you as a person and an athlete?
JB: No I haven't had an
easy life. Growing up in a rough neighborhood was a bumpy road! I always
told myself, how did my Mom and Dad find this place! Them being from
Romania and out of all the cities in the world, I end up in Detroit. The
experience of being incarcerated for a couple years and seeing what I
seen in the streets changed the way I look at life. It pushes me to do
good and accomplish my goal.
SA: Also, what would you
say makes you different and special in comparison to the other prospects
JB: I'm the one. The one!
I'm the chosen one. It's my turn. I control my destiny. I have dreams
and aspirations and no one will take that away from me. I will be world
champion. Alot of fighters just hope they will be.
SA: What is Joseph Bonas
like outside the ring? What do you like to do for fun, and what are your
JB: I'm a very out going
person and easy to talk to. I'm very understandable. I like seeing
people around me being happy. I like bowling, pool, playing basketball
and swimming. I like going out to eat with a lot of people and I like
trying new things.
SA: Which fighters did
you admire growing up?
JB: I'm a Detroit guy so
I watched a lot of Detroit fighters. I can't say I have a favorite
fighter because I admire every world champion.
SA: What are your
ambitions for this year and where do you see yourself in 5 years from
JB: My ambitions are to
get as many fights as I can and make my name known. World champion with
a very nice mansion, nice cars and most importantly a beautiful wife and
kids pushing me to my next world championship.
SA: Do you have a message
to all your fans and supporters out there?
Message to my fans - thank you. I appreciate the support and motivation
you give me. I do this for every fan! I will train harder every time to
keep the excitement going.