Five in Five with Alexi 'Phet' Serepisos
Alexi Serepisos is set to take on the biggest challenge of his fight career this weekend, headlining ONE Championship’s Eternal Glory in Jakarta.
The 24 year old kiwi muay-thai fighter takes on Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy in the co-main event of an impressive fight card for ONE’s first 2018 event. Serepisos will be making his debut under the ONE Championship banner in this bout and a win could see his profile grow amongst the tens of millions of fans likely to be watching throughout Asia.
NZ Fighter’s Isaac Savage caught up with Alexi for another addition of five in five before the big event.
Alexi ‘Phet’ Serepisos 24 years old , 2 Children, Wife and now signed to One Championship for 6 fights, quite a lot to have achieved so Young!?
Yeah, when you look at it like that I guess you're right. I tend to forget that I'm 24 and to be honest, I have very few friends my age. I live an old man's life in a young man's body, with the exception of fighting.
Rumour has it you originally wanted to do MMA!? Tell his that journey and would you ever consider MMA?
Haha, yeah, so I went to my first gym with the intention of doing MMA, but when I turned up I found out that the gym had disestablished their MMA program. As I was already there, I thought I'd give the beginner muay-thai class a go and I kind of never stopped going.
Describe that chest tattoo to us.
It's a fairly unique tattoo and it's relatively symbolic to me and who I am. There's a bastardized Greek key done with dots around the top, with lotus flowers below. Around the back I have Thai writing for "Freedom" (pretty corny, I know), but that symbolises that muay-thai is my freedom from the world and my busy life.
How’s the move from Wellington to Hamilton been for you and the whanau (family ) ?
Love it, absolutely loving it right now. Which is surprising because I didn't want to move (I always hated Hamilton). But I've found an awesome team up here that I train with under the tutelage of Ethan Shepp. I have great training partners within the team, some real world class guys. I have a cool job the I finish at 3pm everyday and I work 5 minutes from my kids school, so I get to do school pick up every day. And all of that is within 10 minutes from my house. Whereas in Wellington I was doing a 2 hour round trip commute via bus to work and back each day. It's a very different lifestyle.
What’s next and what would you like to say to all your fans , supporters around the world !?
For now, I'm simply focused on this Saturday night. Following that and hopefully a good performance, we'll look at the next move. Thank you to all my supporters, the support for this one has been next level. It's a surreal feeling having support from people all around the world.
Catch Alex ‘Phet’ Serepisos live this Saturday ( Indonesia 6.00pm 19.01.19 ) on the One Championship App - http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp