Annabelle Gely “I was up for the challenge”

Annabelle Gely - I was up for the challengeAnnabelle Gely Interview

Annabelle Gely - I was up for the challenge

An interview with Annabelle Gely:
Next Fight: Hatice Ozyurt / February 22nd

Annabelle Gely, Jude Samuel & Alan Keddle

Originally from France, Annabelle Gely is a Muay Thai fighter living in London, England. She is a European Champion and has a record of 12 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. We decided to catch up with her in the run up to her world title fight against Hatice Ozyurt on February 22nd at Battle Under the Tower in Holland.

Rew Mitchell

Hi Annabelle, thank you so much for taking the time out to give us your thoughts on a few things – we really appreciate it!

Annabelle Gely

“Thanks for the interview. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank Awakening for the support in all female fighters… It’s absolutely brilliant what you are doing for us… Thanks :-)”

Rew Mitchell

Kind words, thank you… we’ll add that to our testimonials page!

You’ve taken this world title fight on short notice, as Sheree Halliday had to pull out due to injury. Can you tell us your thought process when agreeing to this… what is definitely the biggest fight of your career so far?

Annabelle Gely

“When Sheree text me, a load of things went through my mind, a lot of emotions up and down. I’m training alongside most of the best UK fighters (Alexis Rufus, Sheree Halliday, Grace Spicer…) since little while, I thought to myself – here is my chance to go back in the ring :-)))) A fight is fight. I had few things in the pipe line waiting to be confirmed for later months… After talking to my coaches, we all agreed that I was up for the challenge… For me it’s being able to do what I’ve missed the most: Thai boxing :-)”

Rew Mitchell

and what do you know about your opponent, Hatice?

Annabelle Gely

“Hatice is a strong and experience fighter… I’ve got a lot of respect for her as a fighter, she has fought in different disciplines.”

Rew Mitchell

Considering that you have taken this fight on short notice, how does this affect how you prepare for your opponent?

Annabelle Gely

“Train Hard Fight Easy… I’ve stepped in with my training. I always watch one fight of my opponent then I discuss it with my main coach and we agree a strategy… I’m training 200% to catch up ahahha lol”

Annabelle Gely

Rew Mitchell

And do you have any predictions on how the think the fight is going to go down?

Annabelle Gely

“The fight will last the distance probably. Fighting in another country and being on her show – I have to make it clear, I can’t leave it to the judges score card :-)”

Rew Mitchell

That’s a good outlook to have, many younger fighters compete in different countries and feel they have done enough, only to all to often fall prey to this unwritten rule with home judges. It’s natural, but it’s good to see that you have anticipated this.

Outside of this fight there is more to Annabelle than meets the eye isn’t there! You’re quite the inspirational lady. Now 36 years old, you didn’t actually start Muay Thai until you were 29! What made you take up the sport?

Annabelle Gely

“I was bored of going to the normal gym 🙂 A friend of mine suggested Thai boxing to me, I first laughed at the thought of me Thai boxing ahah, then I went and during my first session while I was dying on the mat, I LOVED it, never stop since…”

Annabelle Gely

Rew Mitchell

Are there any other fighters that inspire you?

Annabelle Gely

“Ramon Dekkers, Mohamed Ali, Lucia Rijker…”

Rew Mitchell

You told us previously that you have a son. Is he old enough to know and understand what his mother does?… and if so, what does he think?

Annabelle Gely

“He’s 14 months, he knows how to punch a bag 🙂 but not yet . He’s at the gym every day with me :-)”

Rew Mitchell

A future champion no doubt!

Looking back, what would you say is your proudest moment from your career?

Annabelle Gely

“Winning the European title… Was lovely to have my family, friends and coaches around that day … It was great to see happiness in people eyes… This fight was after my first loss so it meant a lot to have a big win….”

Annabelle Gely

Rew Mitchell

Are there any other fighters that you would like to fight? Perhaps you’ve had your mind set on someone in particular?

Annabelle Gely

“ahahahah not really I will fight anyone …I believe that any fight is good to take for experience… I hope I will have the opportunity to fight the best”

Rew Mitchell

That is the perfect answer, we love that!

Have you had any thoughts on when you might retire yet, or are you still content on having more fights?

Annabelle Gely

“Retire what??? Sorry do not understand that word I’m French :-)”

Rew Mitchell

Hehe, another excellent answer!

Annabelle Gely, Jude Samuel & Alan Keddle

Rew Mitchell

Before we wrap this up, do you have any shout outs or thank yous?

Annabelle Gely

“Firstly a big thank you to Jude Samuel (my partner) for his help and support because without him, looking after our son and coping with me it will be mission impossible to be back in the ring…

Thank you to Alan Keddles and Keddles Gym for giving me opportunity.. .thanks to Sarvijt Sing, Rob Storey, Yod for my *Devils* training , thanks to the ladies for our Thursdays war session (Alexis Rufus, Sheree Halliday & Grace Spicer)… thanks to all my sparring partners & all I forgot to mention…

Thanks to my family for their long distance support!”

Rew Mitchell

Well, thank you so much again for speaking with us on short notice. We wish you all the best on for the February 22nd world title fight…. And we wish you all the best in general!

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President and founder of Awakening. Rew does whatever possible to support female martial artists in gaining recognition.An avid fan of Martial Arts, with a training history that began at an early age in Judo. Practicing this art was fairly short lived and only lasted two years due to family financial difficulties. It wasn't until age fifteen when training restarted with Kickboxing, and shortly after Kung-Fu. Rew finally settled on Wu Shu Kwan (Chinese Boxing), and for a couple of years trained between four and eight hours a day and took part in several displays, but only competed in a couple of exhibition fights.If time ever becomes available again, Rew longs to start training in Muay Thai.
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