(OCT 22) This week I had an opportunity
to interview Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway of the United States about
her upcoming bout against Kristina Belinszky that will take place on
November 25, 2006, at the Wekerle Sándor Leisure Complex, in Mór,
JollyDee: I would like to ask some questions about
upcoming bout against Krisztina Belinszky. I am interested in your
opinion about Krisztina as a person and as a sportswoman.
Also, I would like to get to know more information about yourself,
so I can introduce you to the Hungarian boxing fans.
I have a very high opinion of Krisztina
Belinszky as a boxer and person. She seems very professional and
serious about her career. Krisztina and her team have worked very
hard to further women's boxing. We have exchanged e-mails and all
were very friendly and courteous, most of our conversation was
exchanging congratulations for our victories. I have followed her
career over the last year or so and I am sure that she has followed
mine as well.
JollyDee: When and why have you
decided to fight Krisztina?
I knew that Krisztina and I would be facing each other in the ring a
long time ago. We are both World Champions in the same weight
division. In order to truly call yourself a champion you must face
the best in your division. If you want to be the best you have to
beat the best. Krisztina and I are both recognized as the top two
but only one of us can be the best. Krisztina believes that she is
the best and I believe that I am the best. On November 25 that will
be decided in the ring.
JollyDee: Did you see any of the
freely downloadable fights of Krisztina?
Yes, I have seen Krisztina's fights with Dobbs, Moss and Churbirka.
JollyDee: Did you already start
training, and if yes who's helping you now?
Yes, I have already begun training. I am still training with my same
team, my husband Brian Jones and Clifford May. I still train with my
fighter Ashlin Hensley and sparring partners Ivan Garcia and Josh
May. I am fortunate to have good coaches, training partners and
JollyDee: When I look at your
fight results I find it very similar to Krisztina's, because if I am
correct, both of you started your career as "opponents" and
both of you became world champions. Do you also see some similarity
in your careers?
I have always been aware of the similarities in our career paths.
Our styles and skills are similar; we are both good technical
boxers. We have almost the same amount of fights and the same amount
of losses early in our careers. Now we are both World Champions who
want to be the best in our division and will meet in the ring to
decide who is the best.
JollyDee: You had the same
opponents, i.e., Stephanie Dobbs and Terri Moss---how do you rate
your and Krisztina's results against them.
and I both beat Dobbs the same way, we outboxed her and used our
jabs and movement to control the fight. Our fights with Moss were
JollyDee: Bobby Dobbs and his
hitchers asked Americans on many internet forums to boycott
Hungarian events, but you still accepted this bout and you are
coming to the "lion's den". That means you don't believe them?
I have read the complaints on the forums. I have been warned about
my chances of getting a bad decision in Europe by people in the
business, both American and European. I have never been scared to
fight someone in their hometown or country. I beat Stephanie Dobbs
in Oklahoma where she lives. I beat Teri Moss for my World Title in
Atlanta, Georgia, also her hometown. I am not naďve. I realize that
I am taking a risk by fighting in Belinszky's home. I must take that
risk in order to accomplish my goal as a fighter and a champion. In
order to be successful I cannot concentrate on the politics and
business surrounding the event. I must concentrate only on my
performance in this fight and afterwards hope that I will be treated
fairly. I may be going to the "lion's den" as you call it. I may be
treated unfairly in a decision I don't know. I will deal with that
situation if it happens. Until then my only concern is being at my
best in the ring on that night. So far I have been treated fairly. I
was given everything that I asked for and everyone has been polite
JollyDee: I read on the internet
that you've been accused of using illegal substances, what you
admitted and served your ban but you're still continuously attacked
and discriminated. How do you see your position at the moment under
think most intelligent people realize the motivations of the people
who still make the accusations. It is only a couple of people who
still make an issue of the incident. It is true that I made a
mistake and I paid for it dearly. It was an isolated incident, I
served my suspension and have tested negative on every test since
then. I will be tested after this fight and I will test negative now
and for the rest of my career.
JollyDee: You probably know
Krisztina wanted to fight Ria Ramnarine, but Ria stepped back in the
last minute from the fight, she didn't even show up in Budapest
instead she went to London on holiday on Team Belinszky's costs.
What are your thoughts about this?
I am not familiar enough with this incident to comment on it.
JollyDee: You are very young,
just few days ago you had your 22nd birthday but you
already have 21 fights so you are a very experienced fighter in the
women field. This is your occupation too or do you have any
is not just an occupation, it is my life. I only work a few hours a
day as a Certified Fitness Trainer at World Class Fitness in my
hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas. I train other fighters such as
Ashlin Hensley who recently won her professional debut last month.
The rest of the time I train and prepare for upcoming fights.
JollyDee: I know you
married your manager a short while ago. How long do you wish to keep
up your boxing career, because I supposed that both of you wish to
have children one day? Or did you set an age, like "I'll box until
that, and afterwards I will be with my family"?
Brian and I have no plans to have children. As far as we are
concerned my career is just beginning. I have no time limits or
certain age that I want to stop. I plan to box for a long time. I
have many goals that I want to accomplish in this sport and I will
continue until I accomplish them.
JollyDee: How do you manage your
sport and your family?
I am fortunate to have my family behind my career 100%. My mother
has always supported me in my career and my husband is my trainer.
JollyDee: This might be a
strange question from me, but if you win on 25th of
November will you give Krisztina a rematch?
Yes of course, I would rematch her regardless of the outcome.
JollyDee: Thank you for
your openness in this interview, and we will see you soon in
Thank you for taking the time to do an
interview. You are very welcome! I look forward to meeting you in
Hungary in the coming month.
(JollyDee of Hungary is the head of the
press department for SlimTrax Promotion. Belinszky is promoted
by SlimTrax Promotion.)