Philly’s Purple Powerhouse
Watch some of Justin Greskiewicz’s numerous fights on youtube, and you’ll see how tough this guy really is. He takes fights on a weeks notice against some of the top guys in the sport. He has mixed it up with Mark Deluca, Liam Harrison, Turan Hasanov, and Kevin Ross to name a few. Justin seems like a humble, down to earth kid from Philly hungry to make a name for himself who would fight every week if you’d let him.
TMT: What did your mother say the first time she saw your purple hair?
Justin Greskiewicz: Well before I dyed it purple I had done a lot of other things. She had plenty of warming up to the purple. I had a red mohawk for a while, I had done orange, pink, and blue. I remember when I was in kindergarten I told her I wanted to get a red mohawk when I was six years old, and she said it was cool as long as she could get one too. My parents are really cool with the purple thing, they don’t really care. When I went purple is when I had my first pro win, and knockout. It has stuck around ever since. That was a couple years ago.
TMT: Do you dye all the hair on your body purple or just your head?
Justin Greskiewicz: It’s actually just a wig. I’m like the movie powder I don’t have any hair on my body.
TMT: When you’re beating down your opponent do you ever fantasize that your beating up somebody else?
Justin Greskiewicz: I don’t ever ever fantasize about beating someone up. I don’t try to be a tough guy. I’m not that type of person. I don’t have the desire to beat anyone up for any specific reason. I’m a competitor, and I really have a lot of love for my opponents because I know what it takes. I know how long they have been training. I know all the stuff a fighter has given up to get in the ring. I respect that, I know what it’s like. I don’t have to psyche myself up to do it. It’s all about the sport. I don’t want to fight outside the ring. I’m not the type of guy that needs to solve things with violence. This is a sport that I love, and I want to take it where I can go with it. I don’t have any inherent feeling to fight outside the ring.
TMT: I was watching your fight with Kevin Ross at the Hilton in Las Vegas, NV. I’ve seen Ross fight before, and it seemed that he came out extremely focused, and aggressive. I thought you did a good job matching his aggression.
Justin Greskiewicz: When I fought Kevin Ross I got that fight on super late notice. Ross originally was scheduled to fight WBC Super Lightweight International Champion Kang En in a rematch of their controversial fight in Beijing, which Ross lost by unanimous decision. It was supposed to be a card of all American fighters vs. Chinese fighters. They brought the Chinese fighters over but got them tourist visas instead of work visas. They left the country but when they got to the U.S. they couldn’t fight. I had fought the weekend before, and took the Kevin Ross fight on eight days notice.
I knew I was in shape but I didn’t train that week because I had just fought, and I was kind of banged up. When I stepped in the ring I thought I was moving around with him well. Kevin had trained harder then he ever had before. He was ready to do it. I stepped in there and thought I was going to be able to take it to him a little bit. After the first round I kind of lost my legs. The way it ended was he kicked me in the face with a front kick, and his toe went in my eye. The referee stopped the fight. He was winning the fight up to that point. It certainly wasn’t my best fight, and I would love to get in there with him again sometime. He’s the man right now in the United States pound for pound to try to beat.
TMT: After his toe went in your eye could you see?
Justin Greskiewicz: No I couldn’t see. his toe went right into my eye, and cut my eyeball. There was blood coming out of my eyeball. The referee stopped it immediately.
Kevin Ross Vs Justin Greskiewicz Part 1
Kevin Ross Vs Justin Greskiewicz Part 2
TMT: You just defeated Turan Hasanov by split decision in New York at Friday Night Fights. How many times have you fought him?
Justin Greskiewicz: This last fight with him was the third. The first fight I won. The second one was in April. It was a split decision, and they gave it to him. In my opinion, I won every round no problem. I thought I controlled him everywhere. I out punched, kicked, and kneed him. I think the only thing he could have outscored me in was aggression, but he was just kind of swinging, and not really landing much. There was a desire for us to do it a third time which we did on Friday, and I won the decision. I actually think this fight on Friday was closer than the last one. I thought I beat him the other time too.
TMT: In your first fight with Turan Hasanov it seemed that he hurt you in the end of the second round, and was doing his best to try to finish you off.
Justin Greskiewicz: He caught me a few times. In the end of the second round he kind of put me in the corner, and he wobbled me pretty good. I was able to stick in there, and smash his leg, before he could get in again.
Justin Greskiewicz’s first fight with Turan Hasanov
TMT: Is full rules Muay Thai still illegal in New York?
Justin Greskiewicz: They don’t allow any elbows in New York. There is no MMA either. There is no athletic commission other than the boxing commission. The MMA, and Boxing guys don’t have their hands on Muay Thai. Muay Thai is its own separate thing. The Friday Night Fights are all modified.
TMT: I was watching your fight Mark Deluca. It seemed in the second round you were landing some nice right crosses. When you started the third round you were doing the same thing with the right cross. Did you see an opening, and just want to exploit that?
Justin Greskiewicz: I fought Mark Deluca almost two years before that. I lost, and he stopped me with punches in the fifth round. I got up ready to go but the referee told me I shouldn’t continue. It was kind of a bummer. I’d rather die in the ring then to have someone tell me to stop. As a competitor it’s not something you want to hear.
The second time that your talking about I had a lot more experience. That was my second pro fight the first time I fought him. The second time I fought him I was ready to go. I had just fought a couple tough opponents. I knew if I pushed the pace I could end it. It wasn’t just the right hand. The last time I put him down, I think I hurt him mostly with the left hook. It was a combination of punches, knees, and leg kicks that dropped him.
Justin Greskiewicz’s second fight with Mark Deluca
TMT: Who would you like your next opponent to be?
Justin Greskiewicz: I don’t know. There are a few guys that I’d like to get back in the ring with that I fought before. There are a few guys that I haven’t fought yet who I’d like to fight. I’m going to be fighting very often. I have three draws, and a couple losses on my record that I really don’t think I should have on there. I’d like to clear all those up. I’d like to push myself, and try to fight the best in the world. There are a bunch of good fighters in the U.K., and in Holland. I’d love to get in there, and mix it up with them.