Alex Tzinavos will fight for the IKBF South Island title this weekend. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Alex has sights set on gold


Following his stunning victory over a former King of the Ring champion, Alex Tzinavos is now setting his sights on championship gold.

Alex finished Carlos ‘the Flying Fijian’ Hicks at Knees of Fury 81 in Hamilton last weekend.

Carlos is a highly-touted prospect having trained with UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

However, Alex won the fight via TKO in round one, breaking his opponents arm during a takedown before he succumbed to Alex’s ground and pound after just one minute and 20 seconds.

“He was a tough opponent, so the plan was to take him down.”

The 27-year-old is now set to challenge for the IKBF 74kg South Island MMA title in Christchurch this weekend.

He will take on a familiar face in veteran Grant Toa Toa, a fighter he has met on three previous occasions in grappling competitions.

With the ledger currently at 2-1 in favour of Alex, he is confident of getting it done again with a belt on the line.

“It’s five rounds but I’m going to finish him, I can see myself knocking him out.”

‘Big Daddy’ says he will be happy to stand and strike with Grant or take it to the canvas, believing his well-rounded game is both effective and crowd pleasing.

“I like doing crazy stuff like spinning back kicks and spinning heel hooks.”

He says he enjoys fights back-to-back because he is able to maintain his fitness levels.

Alex has always had a fascination with martial arts, his father being a member of the South African SWAT team for which he had to learn various fighting disciplines.

This saw Alex naturally gravitate towards the sport.

His first foray into fighting was not successful however as he was thoroughly dominated by wrestlers during his early gym sessions.

“I couldn’t do anything, I was just hopeless, I thought I knew how to kick and punch, but it didn’t matter, as soon as they grab hold of me it was their game.”

This experience motivated Alex to hone his grappling skills as he joined MYBJJ in Nelson before his path soon led to Maui Muay Thai where he has been training alongside the likes of national heavyweight champion Ricky Esilva.

The father of three has managed to balance family and fighting life while working at Brightwater Engineering.

His dream is to one day sign for the world’s biggest MMA promotion, the UFC.

Domination Fight Series 7 will take place at the Woolston Working Men’s Club in Christchurch and will be live streaming on Fight News for $9.95.