The grandson of notorious mobster John Gotti is getting ready to make his professional mixed martial arts debut. He will be appearing on Friday in his first pro MMA fight against Johnny Adams, nicknamed the Wild Child, at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, with the venue having a seating capacity of 3,500.
His Grandfather’s 77th Birthday Marks the Occasion
The 24-year old fighter will face off against his opponent on what would have been his grandfather John Gotti Senior’s 77th birthday. Nicknamed the Dapper Don, the mob boss passed away whilst in prison in June of 2002. He was facing jail time thanks to convictions which took place in 1992 on a range of charges, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, illegal gambling activity, and tax evasion. Gotti III spoke of honoring his grandfather on that day, and stated that he was pleased with how things had worked out.
It’s Been Three Years of Hard Work
As live sports betting heats up for the young fighter’s bout, Gotti III speaks of training for three years in order to ready himself for his first fight, and accomplishing a record of 5 – 1 in the amateur circuit in New York along the way.
Jimmy Burchfield Sr, the match’s promoter, told The New York Post that he had great confidence in Gotti III. He said that something very special was present in the young man, and stated that he had the physique of Superman. He added that Gotti III possessed incredible speed and agility and that he was a relatively low-key personality outside of the octagon. Burchfield Senior went on to say that although the upcoming fight could have been promoted far more heavily had he made use of Gotti III’s infamous grandfather’s very recognisable name, the family had requested no special attention. John Junior Gotti, the fighter’s father, informed the Post that his son needed to remain focused on his training programme, and that he foresaw things going well on Friday.
Gotti III and Junior Gotti Bonded over MMA
Junior Gotti wanted to make things up to his son after he was released from prison in 2004, where he had paid the price for racketeering in the form of six years inside. The duo bonded over MMA fights, with the pair watching matches at their Long Island home and the ex-con taking his son to watch live tournaments in New Jersey as well.
Bodybuilding, Boxing, and then the MMA
Gotti III had grown up to measure 6 feet, and weighed in at 250 pounds. He initially took up bodybuilding and explored the boxing ring before deciding to reshape his physique and get ready to join the world of the MMA.
He currently weighs in at 179 pounds, and has nine more to drop off. His handlers stated that Gotti III has a 5% body fat, and his clean eating, non-drinking, non-smoking lifestyle combined with three workouts a day, five days a week, would get him where he needs to be.