Joe Taimanglo Says Growing Up in Poverty Gives Him Motivation as a Fighter
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.12.2013
He faces Andrew Fisher at Bellator 99 this week…
- Bellator fighter Joe Taimanglo recently spoke about his upcoming Bellator 99 bout against Andrew Fisher. Below are some highlights:
Taimanglo on an incident involving a bully when he was a teenager: "I remember one time when I was 15 and this bully walked right up to me and hit me in the face with a full Sprite bottle. He was huge. I was small, and he was a returning senior. I was like, 'What the f---? What the hell is this guy still doing in this school?' So we ended up scrapping, and I kicked his ass in front of everyone at school."
Taimanglo on how he growing up in poverty gives him motivation: "I would just stand my ground and a lot of times I would get jumped. Sometimes by five guys, a lot of times by more. It's amazing that I survived all that craziness and was able to walk away. Growing up in poverty and never having much has always been a big motivation for me. It makes you really appreciate things like receiving a big fat check for a fight. It's very humbling for me. Remembering where I come from inspires me to help my family and help myself. I consider myself blessed and very fortunate to have this opportunity to fight in this tournament."
Taimanglo on his training with Michael Chandler: "I think training with big lightweights like Michael Chandler gives me an edge. I push myself against Michael so I know that when the time comes for me to enter that cage, it's going to be fun for me. Michael Chandler has been a huge help in my preparation for this tournament. I was one of his main training partners for his fight with David Rickels. It's really great to have a fighter of his caliber there in the gym to learn from."
Taimanglo on his fight with Andrew Fisher: "I'm excited to let my hands go and knock this guy out. I'm just a little guy from a little island, but I came here to do big things. I want to make Guam proud, and I plan on doing that by becoming a world champion here with Bellator."