In 1991, I was given an opportunity to fight for a professional World Kickboxing title. Jerry Rhome, who was a friend and teammate of mine in the 87’ world championships, had to drop out of a title fight that was to be held in Palermo, Sicily.
I got the opportunity with just a month’s notice, and who was the first person I called? Joe Lewis of course. Joe had moved back to North Carolina with his wife and he invited me to come up and stay with him and his family so he could prepare me for my upcoming title shot. This demonstrated the type of person Joe Lewis is. He asked nothing from me, not money, not publicity, not anything. He just trained me. Wow again! Joe had me convinced that I owned the ring, that it was my backyard and even though the fight was in my opponent’s hometown and country, I could not lose. I won the fight with an eighth round TKO. My opponent, Bruno Capiglia, could not breath from the blood gushing from a broken nose. This video is Joe talking to the camera, in his garage, on how I should approach the fight. This is classic Joe Lewis