HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The 2022 Slap Combating Championship is ready for this weekend on the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports activities Competition in Columbus, Ohio.
A Waianae native is likely one of the headliners, Koa Viernes, higher often known as “Da Loopy Hawaiian” is ready to slap for the World title.
“I’ve been prepared, born prepared, anyone can get it, there’s no altering the loopy Hawaiian,” Viernes instructed Hawaii Information Now.
Standing at 6′3″ and 378 lbs, Viernes is presently the reigning United State Champion in slap preventing.
The undisputed champ is ready to satisfy three-time World Champion Dawid Zalewski out of Poland.
“This slap combat is sort of a ‘Rocky’ second for me you already know,” Viernes stated. “It’s just like the man has extra beneath his belt, however then once more I’ve to show that what I say is true, which is I’m one of the best within the US, fingers down.”
Viernes joined the toddler sport when it got here to the US, shortly turning into a sensation on the planet of slap preventing and an envoy for the expansion of the game. This newest bout is getting the assist of Youtuber turned boxer Logan Paul and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“So it’s what I’ve been working for this entire time, it’s organized, it’s commissioned, I’m so proud of the progress that the slap preventing world you already know has been,” Viernes stated. “I might stroll away proper now and be proud of the place the sports activities going to be.”
“Nevertheless, irrespective of who or the place he fights, the Waianae native by no means forgets his roots.
“We representing, we out right here, Hawaiians doing it, we by no means forgot, we always remember the place we got here from,” Viernes stated. “Have been savages and at all times have been savages.”
Or who he fights for, his 5 kids — Koa, Noa, Xjhayla, Xavier and Xaysha.
“All the things is the Loopy Hawaiian, Loopy Hawaiian, Loopy Hawaiian, however I’m actually doing it for my children, I’m doing it to allow them to say that their dad did one thing, that their dad is one thing,” Viernes stated. “What does your dad do?”
“That’ll be a humorous one for my children to say, he slaps folks.”
The championship spherical begins at 9 a.m. Hawaii time — streaming dwell on the Slap Combating Championship YouTube channel.
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