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Luis Palomino, known as 'Baboon', is a Peruvian mixed martial artist who has been standing out in different disciplines related to combat. Today h


Luis Palomino, known as ‘Baboon’, is a Peruvian mixed martial artist who has been standing out in different disciplines related to combat. Today he is 41 years old and, as he told us, he is in his last fights; however, he has one more title to lift and that is to promote boxing bare-knuckle in our country, since he considers that there is a lot of talent. Likewise, he seeks to be able to bring his next fight to Peru.

Why do they call you ‘Baboon’?

“’Baboon’ means baboon and the reason is because I did capoeira for about 13 years and I speak Portuguese perfectly thanks to that. The logo of my group, which is also here in Peru, is a mandrill and since I was the best in the team I kept that name and thanks to that many people knew me”.

Was it always clear to you to dedicate yourself to boxing?

“I started boxing and I always wanted to box because I trained for three years in California, but I never did it as such. I did some amateur fights when I was young and when I came from California to Miami it wasn’t that easy to get to a boxing gym, and boxing wasn’t as big as it is in California. There boxing is on every corner, in Miami not so much”.

“At that time, we talked about a very ugly gang, my mixed martial arts teacher, César Carneiro, and my former capoeira teacher, Mestre Delei, trained together, but they separated. When César was recording The Quest with Van Damme, I went to find out about capoeira and he wasn’t there, but Mestre Delei was there and he helped me a lot. He trained me for six months, he never charged me and when César came back I didn’t know him, so Delei tells me that he will open his own group and I started training with him”.

What do you think about before entering the ring?

“Very good question because that’s the part that fighters never talk about. Everyone thinks they are macho and there is no fear, that is not true. I remember that in my first professional fight I tried to call my dad to gain a little confidence and I couldn’t communicate. I felt nervous, but I told myself: “If I’m nervous, he must be nervous, if I feel afraid, he must feel afraid, if I feel pain, he must feel pain because he is a human being like me. The difference in this game is who is going to show it faster”.

Watch the full interview in the video below.