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World Kickboxing Champion is a Pinoy Fighter from Davao City
« on: October 09, 2010, 08:48:48 PM »
By Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan
Sun Star

"KILL the Filipino," came the chants of the crowd as Steve Grandeza climbed the ring, a grim reminder of the great odds he was facing in the biggest fight of his life.

They were cheering for his opponent and it was understandable. At the opposite corner of the ring stood Ghana's Al Hassan "Van Damme" Okine, a tall and muscular fighter who is very popular in Dubai because of his impressive fight record.

Grandeza, the Filipino champion, was never given a chance. He was small, they said, and would end up just being slaughtered by Okine.

They were all dead wrong as Grandeza went on to dominate Okine on the way to capturing the World Kickboxing Federation (WKBF) super welterweight crown and stunning the crowd at The Lodge in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

"Everyone was rooting for him (Okine). I even heard someone told Okine during the weigh-in, `You can beat him, he's so small," Grandeza told the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum Thursday as he recalled the night he won the world title against the highly-rated fighter from Ghana.

"During fight night, I was the one called first and so when we entered, the fans were shouting, ‘Kill the Filipino,’" Grandeza added.

But Grandeza said his brother-trainer Bryan reminded him of their meditation training where he was submerged into the sea.

"Bryan said I had to focus on my opponent and not on the negative remarks being thrown at me by the crowd. I emptied my mind just like in our water training. It helped me shift my focus back on the fight at hand, otherwise, I would have been distracted," he said.

His best friend and coach Edgar Alan Paulino said the water training was a good thing and it helped Steve to focus on the fight and that the negative chants of the audience did not diminish his determination.

Grandeza said after the decision was announced he became emotional that he cried when the Philippine anthem was played during the championship belt presentation.

He, however, confessed that there were premonitions he would be bring home the belt.

"When I arrived in Dubai, I dreamt of bringing this one (gesturing at his belt) home. I believe it was really my faith that made it possible. I was very positive about the fight. It's funny that in my dream, I was giving Okine a roundhouse kick and it did happen," Grandeza said.

"I cried when the Philippine national anthem was being played during the awarding. I had always dreamt of becoming a world champion. I'm so happy it came true. This honor is for every Dabawenyo and every Filipino all over the world. I am proud to be a Dabawenyo. I am proud to be a Filipino," he added.

He also thanked Team Pilipinas Phoenix Moo Duk Kwan consultant Ben Sur and sponsors Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, PAGCOR, NIS Motors Corporation, Davao Bayan Construction & Hardware Supply, Inc., Rockspec Gears, Davao Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte for supporting his campaign.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 08, 2010.

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010, 07:28:59 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2010, 08:02:35 AM »
Steve Grandeza....., Congrats! the Davawenos are so proud of you.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2010, 08:20:11 AM »

Konsentrit lang gid ang sekrito bla.
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010, 08:39:28 AM »

Congrats Steve !
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010, 12:26:33 AM »
Wow congrats wala man kaayo known na pinoy sa kickboxing
basin mao ni siya makapasikat

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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2010, 03:30:56 AM »
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siya kini kanang na-a sa taliwala.

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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2010, 08:44:00 AM »
http://mobillacura.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/team-moo-duk-kwan-davao.jpg?w=425&h=318[/img]
siya kini kanang na-a sa taliwala.

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