Jacqui Nava is the WIKBA's number ranked contender at
126 pounds (56 kg) and she is ranked #3 world wide at 59 kg. She currently
holds the IKKC Title North American Featherweight Title, which she will be
defending against WIBA 6th ranked Trisha "TNT" Hill
on January 18th, on PPV from California.
In addition to being
a world class Kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, Jacqui is a fulltime
student studying architecture, she works part time for an architecture
firm, and is in her senior year of college. Jacqui resides in
In reality, I am a woman that likes tough challenges, both
in my chosen sport and in life.
Jacqui, Before we start with questions,
could you tell us a bit about yourself,? Like your
personality type, etc ?
- As for my personal life, outside of the
gym, I am a full time student attending my last semester in my chosen
career of Architecture. I also work part time for an architecture
- I respect my life as an athlete in a sport that
I love and I aspire to be the best, by fighting the best women fighters
in my weight class, that is why I am constantly training, and improving
my skills. Waiting for the kickboxing community to allow me to
showcase my skills.
1. What made you take up fighting?
My father started me in Karate and then I started
2. So how long have you been training now?
Since I was about 13 years old.
3. What is your training schedule like?
I start jogging at 6:00 am about 5 miles, and
after school I go to the gym, and work for an hour and
do alternating .- warm ups ,shadow, drills,
sparring, bags or thaipads
4. When was your first fight?
My first fight was in April 24th 1996, in
Municipal Auditorium of Tijuana Mexico.
5. What do you remember most about that fight? And
would you do differently in that fight if you
could do it over?
I remember I got my first black eye. And,
if I could do
it over again, I would use more defense and move
Are you ever nervous before a fight? And if so, how do you deal with
No, not really. If I were to get get nervous
before the fight,
I would try to control myself by moving and
thinking on positive things.
7. You've fought Oriental rules, international rules,
Muay Thai rules. Which do you prefer?
I prefer International rules and Muay Thai
7. What is your favorite Technique?
I like the side kick and the
8. What is an Axe kick? and when is a good time to
The axe kick is made by moving in a
motion your leg to the outside as far up as you
can go and then pulling
it down in the oponent's face. The
time to use it is when you are at a distance and going inside to distract
12. Who would you say was your toughest opponent
13. What made Sunshine so tough?
Her strength and her height. I tried to
keep out of her range.
14. And do you find it mentally and emotionally
trying to fight someone like Sunshine who
outweighed you 13
Well, I try not to think about that. There's
always a possibility
that the weight difference will
be a disadvantage. But, many times fight strategy is more effective
than size and strength.
15. Well, did knowing she had such power, and was
pressuring you, cause you to become more mentally intense,
cautious in your fight tactics?
I always try to think when I'm in
there. And I always listen to My
corner, because that is
where everything works out.
16. Was the win over
Sunshine Fettkether your most satisfying
No, not really. The most
satisfying moment is when I won the NORTH AMERICAN TITLE.
17. Over Angela Rivera?
18. Do you prefer to KO your opponents or do you prefer
pick them apart and showcase your skills and
I prefer the KO. But, if the
fight goes the distance, I am prepared
19. I am going to mention a few names, and I want you
tell me the first thing that comes into your mind,
when you think of
A. Angela Rivera?
C. Claudia Vidaurri?
D. Marlowe McCray?
20. Is there any particular female fighter that you
admire? And if so, why?
Trisha Hill; for her good
21. Who would you like to fight next? And under what
I don't prefer anyone in particular. At this
level all my opponents are tough.
22. Is there anyone you would really like to rematch?
I really don't care as long as its in my
23. Who are you fighting next?
Trisha Hill, on January 24,
24. Who in the WIBA Ratings would you like to fight
vacant WIBA title?
All the top ten listed are very
talented, so I don't care, I only want to be a world Champion.
25. Are there any foreign countries where you would
especially interested in going to fight?
Japan, but any country is good to fight
26. What other Mexican female fighters should we
Brenda Lopez, from Reyes kickboxing gym. she
won the bronze
medal in Thailand on the King Cup 2002.
27. What do you think needs to be done to really get
kickboxing and Muay Thai really popular and
More interest on behalf of the promoters,
more tv coverage of women
fighters maybe a K1 style tournament for the
best women fighters. With the same type of media coverage K1 usually
gets. Women have been putting on great fights for years,
and I feel promoters are finally noticing, hopefully the sport will
continue to grow.
28. What do you think about three minute rounds for
well as men?
It's all the same to me I am well
prepared for it.
29. Well, do you think most women are physically capable
three minute rounds?
Yes. I really think women have the same
condition as men.
30. Then, do you think that doing the same five three
rounds as the men, would increase respect for
Yes I think so, it would give us a chance to
competitive we really are.
31. Do you think
refs are too quick to stop a women's
Yes, sometimes, they
tend to be over protective.
32. What do you think about the mandatory number of
in full contact fights?
I really don't
care. I don't like those rules. I am not too familiar with those
rules, I really prefer Kickboxing (Muay Thai).
33. Why should promoters book women
fighters? And YOU
To give women fighters more
opportunities. And me in particular?
Because I am a great
fighter who can showcase my skills by defeating the best women
fighters in the world. And my goal is to achieve more triumphs and be
considered among the best women fighters in the world. I train full time
and am always ready to fight!
34. What would you say to your fans?
I want to thank them very much, for their
support. And also to remind them to please don't miss my next fight; its
going to be a blast!
35. Jacqui, thank you so much for your
You are quite welcome; I was happy to do
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