Le Banner member James Schiavo talks to Carl Fisher March 16th 2003,
, Southampton UK
on the result tonight; how do you feel?
feel great but if it had been possible I would have liked to show more of my striking
skills tonight as I have been training hard in this area and I did not get the
chance tonight; straight after the clinch we went to the ground and that isnt
my usual kind of fighting, I like to kick and punch more, but a win is a win I
your first time fighting on Dougies event?
it was; I came here before to corner my brother in Cagewarriors 2 when he fought
Jean De Silva. I previously fought in Paddy
Mooneys Cage Wars event at the start of 2002 and thats been it
enjoyed the experience here in the UK?
I enjoyed it a lot; the cage is a lot bigger than Cage Wars and the venue was
excellent I really like the whole thing set inside a nightclub and the fans are
really supportive when ever Sammy and I fight in the UK.
do you enjoy it so much?
MMA fighting and the hosting of such events is banned in France so we have to
fight outside our own country which is a shame; secondly we have a bit of a following
thats slowly picking up more fans and a lot of people support us here so
thats why we like it here.
did you train with for this fight?
with my brother in the mornings and in the evening we train with Kasha and the
rest of my students at the academy, we have about thirty guys here.
also had a very good fight tonight and is one to look out for in the future?
yes indeed he fought very well tonight, I am very happy for him and I hope big
things will happen for him. Kasha is skilful in both areas, standing and on the
ground and he is fast becoming a great all round fighter.
did you get involved with Team Le Banner?
want to say that my brother and I did not leave French Konnection to join Team
Le Banner, we have no problems with the other guys at all; the main reason was
that we lived so far away from Paris in the South of France, not so far from the
Riccio brothers and it was very hard to get together with the other guys in Paris.
Its not enough just to say we are French Konnection members, you have to
train regularly with the guys if you are to stay with a team and we found we could
no do this on a regular basis because of the distances involved. So we decided
to fight only for our gym and after this Jerome called us on the phone and invited
us to his gym to train just for fun, to spar and then do a little ground work
and then he saw we were very technical on the ground and there are not many VT
specialists in France so for Jerome to say all this we felt very honoured. Jerome
asked us to send us tapes of our fights and after watching them hes invited
us on board.
next fight wise?
have a promoter who is looking for fights in the US for us, its Jerome
US manager, but this was only a few weeks ago so its early days yet, but
we will keep our fingers crossed. I think in this year, some US fights are looking
possible, both for me and Samy.
best of luck with everything; Ill let you get back to the changing rooms
and well have a drink to celebrate later tonight.
in having the Schiavo brothers can contact them on email@example.com
and photo Carl Fisher
at Brennan's Academy