Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre knows what it is like to compete against the very best martial artists in the world.
The battle-hardened Brazilian is a Muay Thai and kickboxing World Champion who has defeated some of the top strikers in the ring, and will look to uphold his reputation on a blockbuster ONE: HEROES OF HONOR card in Manila, Philippines, this coming Friday, 20 April.
Alexandre has spent his career operating at the pinnacle of the sport, and he now has a young, hungry opponent waiting for him in the form of Australia’s Elliot “The Dragon” Compton.
“Of course, I want to win. That is for sure,” the 35-year-old asserts. “I hate to lose, and that is why I have trained hard for this. I want to go in the ring, and feel that I did everything that I needed to to win.”
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#TBT 2007. WMC intercontinental belt. It was a hard fight against Wanloop Sitpolek , very good thai fighter . It was my 5th fight in 5 weeks ! I was soooo tired haha but after 5 rounds , I won by points . Thank God! ——————————————————————————– Foto de 2007 quando ganhei o cinturao Intercontinental da WMC. Luta dura contra o tailandes Wanloop Sitpolek. Foi minha quinta luta em 5 semanas , tava muito cansado mas Gracas a Deus ganhei por pontos depois de 5 rounds ! Deus ? Bom! #27north #muaythai #kickboxing #goodboyfamily #thaistyle #thailand #wmc #fitsuplementosalimentares #fisiocardiosantos #crossfititstime
The Brazilian may not have that same enthusiasm he had as a 19-year-old finding the sport for the first time, where learning every new attack, defense, or counter was an exciting proposition. However, he has tremendous reason to keep winning, with his wife and two children eagerly awaiting his arrival back home after the contest.
Success is how the warrior affords to give them the lifestyle he never had growing up. That, alone, is the great motivator.
“It is most important that I go and do my job well, win, do not get hurt, and come back to my family,” he offers.
The Brisbane-based Compton, a 29-year-old who is a four-time World Caged Muay Thai Champion, feels he has a point to prove in this upcoming Super Series Muay Thai bout, and expects to push the pace in what is believed to be a highly technical battle.
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#tbt April 17 ,2007 at K. Rompsrithong, my first time in Thailand , where and when my life changed . I just bought my ticket, I didn't knew where I would train or where I'd live. After 10 years fighting around the world , more than 30 countries, making friends , collecting belts and tittles , giving to my kids more than I had when I was young , I have to say , Thank You God ! Thank You for your Love and Mercy in my life . Thank You for take care of me and my family ! "Never would have made it Never could have made it without You I would have lost it all But now I see how You were there for me" ——————————————- 17 de abril de 2007. Na Rompsrithong, minha primeira vez na Tail?ndia. Depois de lutar o mundo inteiro , viajar por mais de 30 pa?ses, fazendo amigos, colecionando cintur?es e t?tulos, dando aos meus filhos mais do q eu tive quando era pequeno , eu tenho q dizer , Obrigado meu Deus ! Obrigado por todo Amor e Miseric?rdia , obrigado por cuidar de mim e da minha fam?lia! Deus d? minha vida ! #muaythai #thaistyle #goodboyfamily #thankful #WorldChampion #rompsrithong #roots
Alexandre, however, is not worried about his rival. The Brazilian is confident in his experience, which has seen him claim the Lion Fight Super Middleweight Championship, a WMC Intercontinental Championship, a WPMF World Championship, and a pair of W5 World Championships.
Ultimately, “Good Boy” is focused in imposing his game.
“I never change my training. I have to train hard no matter — [regardless] if he has just started, or if he is Yodsanklai [Fairtex] or John Wayne Parr,” Alexandre says.
Right now, it seems the Brazilian takes a purely pragmatic approach to the task at hand.
He is 16 years deep into a prosperous career as a combat sports athlete, and while it may not be the same emotional rollercoaster as his early days, he is prepared to give more measured, cerebral performances.
The moment Alexandre steps into the ring at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR, he will be all business. But outside of the ring, once the final bell rings, he will have made a new friend.
“I always have respect for my opponent. He is not my enemy,” Alexandre states. “Most of my opponents, we are friends after we have been in the ring, and even before. It is just [the nature of] the job.”
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