We caught up with up-and-coming lightweight, Mareks “The Dreamkiller” Pelcis.
The Latvian scored an impressive victory last month at KOK 81 in Riga, winning a unanimous decision over third-ranked contender Mindaugas Narauskas.
It was the second big KOK win for Pelcis. Last year he defeated Jan Naus, another top-five ranked lightweight from Lithuania who fights out of the well-regarded Sparta Gym.
Pelcis improved his professional record to 4-1 (2 KOs) with last month’s victory, and positioned himself for a possible KOK title challenge.
The 21-year-old is a former amateur standout who trained with top coaches in the UK before moving back to Latvia.
Pelcis took the time to discuss the Narauskas win, what he learned from his only pro loss, his thoughts on a possible challenge for the KOK title, and how he got the nickname “The Dreamkiller”.
In your last match, you faced the third-ranked KOK lightweight contender Mindaugas Narauskas at KOK 81 in Riga. You knocked down Mindaugas in the last round and won the decision. What are your thoughts on the fight?
Mareks Pelcis: My thoughts of this fight was excited and amazing. He was top boy. The fight was war. I think the best fight of the night, and it’s proof that when you train hard, you fight easy.
I trained for this fight a lot. Was working on my mindset on this fight. But I need to say without God, I couldn’t have done none of that. God gave me power to be on top. So yeah, it was fun. Top opponent, top winning. Big step up.
Last year, also in Riga, you defeated Jan Naus, another top-five KOK lightweight contender. Do you feel you are ready to challenge Henrikas Viksraitis of Lithuania, the defending KOK Lightweight World Champion for the title?
Mareks Pelcis: Yeah, totally. If (it) is right timing, yes I would like to fight the champ, and I think it’s going (to) be top fight. Top level fight and it’s going to be interesting. KOK, let’s do this.
Your record doesn’t explain everything. You’ve only had four professional matches, but you were a WAK-1F champion and also competed a lot when you lived in England. How long have you been training and fighting?
Mareks Pelcis: I was living (in the UK) 7 years and trained by top famous coaches. Mick Crossland- he’s ICO World Champion pro kickboxing. His gym is the Combat Academy Barnsley. Coach and Liam Harrison personal coach, and everybody knows who Liam Harrison is. The best in UK fighters. He’s 8-time world champion. His gym is Bad Company Leeds. They best in UK coaches.
During the KOK Fights TV broadcast of last month’s event in Riga, the commentator mentioned you lived in England for 7 years then decided to move back to Latvia. Can you tell us about that?
Mareks Pelcis: I moved back to Latvia because I have family in Latvia. Amazing country. I was born in Latvia and I have very good coach Saulius Sheikis, so I love Latvia.
There is one professional loss on your record. It happened a couple of years ago in England. You knocked your opponent down and hit him with a lot of strong blows but got tired and couldn’t continue. Do you have any regrets about that match?
Mareks Pelcis: I lost a lot of weight and didn’t feel good, but I tried my best. If I didn’t make that mistake, I never would learn from it. I was winning all rounds. It just happened when round was ended.
I was on corner coach telling me what to do but I fainted. The doctor said I need (to) eat, I can’t lose that much weight. So people diet right, do right stuff. Mistakes happen, and I learned from it.
Your ring nickname is “The Dream Killer”. How did you get that nickname?
Mareks Pelcis: My coach in England got me that nickname, Mick Crossland. I was winning fighters who was undefeated, and I always made them lose. That’s why my coach and everybody was calling me Dreamkiller, so i decided to put nickname Dreamkiller.
That’s all the questions I have. Thank you for the time. It’s been an honor. Is there anything else you’d like to say or anyone you’d like to thank?
Mareks Pelcis: I want to say thanks for the interview, it was a pleasure. I want to say people never back down, keep moving on top no matter what.