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We had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Super-Middleweight Pro Boxer Mike “Kujo” Kurzeja to find out more about his training, nutrition, and upcoming fights.
Q: Hey Mike! Thanks for taking time out of your hectic schedule to talk with us. Give us an update on what’s been going on in your life recently?
MK: Recently, my Government job transferred me from Chicago, IL to Albany, GA. I moved last August and getting settled into a new regime took some time. I found a great boxing trainer and built a workout room in my new house. I've been training as hard as ever and I've kept in fighting shape.
Q: When can we expect to see you back in the ring? And whom will it be against?
MK: I am hoping to fight again in late July. A promoter from Illinois is trying to put a Professional/Amateur show on in Albany, GA. My fight would be the main event and for a title belt. I'm not sure who the opponent would be yet, but I will keep you posted!!
Q: Currently, what does your training regimen look like?
MK: My training regimen currently consists of a workout in the morning (cardio and strength training). I usually do this at my workout facility in my house and it consists of a combination of a 3-5 mile run, spin bike and swim. I also add 2-3 days of strength and conditioning training (core interval training) and 2-3 days of boxing and bag work. I have all this equipment at my house.
I try to get together with my boxing trainer at least once a week and spar for 6-8 rounds on that day. The sparring sessions will increase as a fight comes closer.
Q: What would you say is your strength in the ring?
MK: My strength in the ring is definitely my conditioning and my ability to push forward and wear my opponent down. I pride myself on my conditioning and it shows in the later rounds. Moving forward and letting your opponent know you are not tired is a huge psychological advantage.
Q: Do you have a specific nutrition plan you follow and do you change it up at all around your matches?
MK: I generally eat a clean diet consisting of 40% Carbs, 40% Proteins, and 20% Healthy Fats. I do have "cheat days" and occasionally intermittent fast (Usually around my cheat meal).
I do change it up a bit as I get closer to a match. I generally restrict all refined sugar and switch from simple carbohydrates to mostly complex and more fibrous carbohydrates. If I have a few pounds to lose, changing to fibrous carbs helps me with cravings if I'm in a caloric deficit.
Q: I know regardless of when you have boxing matches you stay fit year-round. What would you say is key in keeping lean and healthy year-round?
MK: Diet is definitely the key. It's very easy to lose your discipline, but I won't do that to myself. Staying consistent on what and how you eat is my best advice. You have to live it and make it your lifestyle, if not, it will always be a struggle.
Q: Thus far in your boxing career, what has been your most memorable moment?
MK: I have had a few great memories from boxing. Probably my most memorable was winning my first Supercop tournament. The "Supercop" was always special to me. Even though this was only an Amateur Title, it probably meant the most to me. Being a Police Officer at the time and fighting for a good charitable cause was great.
Q: If you didn’t do boxing, would there be another sport that you would pursue?
MK: I love all sports. I raced motocross when I was younger, played baseball, football and basketball. I like pretty much any sport that involves an athletic challenge.
Q: How has HMB helped you in your training and meeting your fitness goals?
MK: HMB has been a staple in my diet and supplementation for the past 6 years. I enjoy the strength, endurance and recovery benefits of HMB.
Q: What are your future goals or PRs you’re trying to reach?
MK: My future goals are to remain in top physical condition and make improvements along the way. You can always get better and improve yourself. My improvements include 3 things: Mind, Body and Spirit. I've learned these three have to be in balance. Finding that "balance" is the difficult part.
Q: Any other shout outs you would like to share?
MK: Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me or been kind to me. The support is always noticed and appreciated.
Thank you also to everyone who has ever been negative and un-kind. I have always turned this into a positive and used it as motivation.
Thank you MTI for your continued support!!
-Mike “Kujo” Kurzeja
It was great chatting with you today Mike and we wish you the best with getting ready for your next fight in July!