Brit Finucci: Dominating the Muay Thai world, one head kick at a time

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Brit Finucci has been active in the New Zealand Muay Thai scene for more than six  years.

She has notoriously dominated her competition through a calm and steady fight game and is known to remain unfazed under pressure.

During her career, Brit has quietly worked her way up the ranks, and now she’s ready to make a scene.

On July 24, Brit Finucci is headlining Capital Punishment in Wellington for the WKBF New Zealand title, and three weeks after she is fighting for the WKN New Zealand Cup.

Hi Brit, thank you for time today. You have a big fight coming up…How are you feeling ahead of your first New Zealand title fight next weekend?

Hungry... I’m alright! I feel better than previous fights. Partly due to working with the Sports Dietician to get my diet right, which has been difficult for me to get right over the years. Partly because this is the most fights in one year, and it’s something I’ve been consistently working to - building on momentum from previous fights. Different to some other fight camps I’ve had, this time my fitness is already there so I’ve just been working on technique.

You are fighting for the WKBF New Zealand Title next weekend, and 3 weeks later you are fighting for the WKN New Zealand Cup How do you feel having two quite significant fights back-to-back?

It doesn’t bother me. At this point I’m just focusing on the next fight, and then I’ll focus on the next. It’s nice having the opportunity after years of having no one to fight.

Is it because there are more women in your weight group?

Honestly, I have no idea. It does look like the sport is becoming more popular, and there seems to be a crossover of boxing. I’ve now fought between 68kg - 78kg, so it broadens my ability to be matched.

You focused on boxing for a couple of years, do you have a preference?

Muay Thai. It’s fun kicking people in the head.

Any more boxing?

Wouldn’t rule it out. But I’m getting more Muay Thai opportunities at the moment.

What is your motivation?

I’m an overachiever and I like driving to do my best in everything I do. I will never half-ass anything. I like the fitness aspect of fighting, and I love the competitiveness.

My youngest brother is intellectually and physically disabled, he doesn’t have the opportunity in life like I have. It’s important to me to make the most of my life on his behalf.

Back in 2018/2019 you had a back injury, and earlier to that you had knee surgery. Did you ever think you needed to stop?

No, because my injuries weren’t sport related. Having the sport and training was probably better for my body...with some adaptations while I was recovering.

I don’t really worry about sport related injuries. I’ve always got some sort of bump or bruise, but I am smart with my training, and I listen to my body so I will change things if I need to.  I never think about fight related injuries either; most things are preventable. I’m always confident in my training going into fights. I know I cannot have done any more than I possibly could have.

You have earned a Doctorate in marine biology; you work a senior role in a demanding field. How do you balance training & work, especially on top of home life?

Routine. I wake up, go to the gym, go to my job, go to the gym, go home and sleep. Preparation is key. I prepare food and gear, laundry/clothing, workload all on Sunday so I know, more or less, what the week will look like. That way it’s just grab and go during the week. My partner really helps, he knows exactly what it’s like having been an NZ champ, so he helps a lot at home and at the gym.

What’s next?

I don’t have any fights lined up after August. I might have a mini break as it has been a very active year already. I will have had 5 fights in 7 months by that point. I’m nowhere near retiring.

Brit, thank you for your time and best of luck for next weekend!

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