“I don’t think I’ll be happy just because I won against Leppens. We are still far away.”
Professional billiards PBA’s most muscular player Ivan Mayor (22) won the 2022-2023 PBA-LPBA (LPBA) individual tour 8th round of 128 at the Crown Haitai Championship held at the Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do on the 3rd. This is what he said after winning a come-from-behind victory over Repens (SK Rent-A-Car)메이저놀이터 .
Mayor, who lost the 1st and 2nd sets that day, made the starting point with a series of overturns in the 3rd and 4th sets, and advanced to the round of 64 with a match win. This is the second round of 64 since PBA debuted this season.
Mayor said, “I am happy to beat the best player, Refence. However, it is not time for him to be conceited that he won Le Fence. I will focus on the same mindset in the next game,” he emphasized. When asked about the prospects for this competition, “I want to go up as high as possible. I don’t think it’s time yet. I think about the round of 16.”
Even before coming to Korea, Mayor, who conquered the Spanish junior stage, kept in close contact with his seniors David Zapata (Blue One Resort) and David Martinez (Crown Haetae) to learn information about PBA. He said, “It has been my dream to come to Korea since I was 18 years old. He has been listening to so many things. It’s really the best environment. I am happy to be able to compete with the world’s top players here.” “It was a fantastic experience that gave me goosebumps,” he added, of his debut at Blue One Resort.
Standing tall at 1m87 and with a muscular body, he is called ‘Muscle Man’ by billiards fans. He says he doesn’t hate the nickname either. When asked if he does muscle training, he said, “I always do strength training for 1-2 hours a day, wherever I go. He is also with Martinez. He emphasized that he must be physically strong to be mentally stable.” I mean, you don’t need muscles for the technical side of billiards, it’s for the mental.
In fact, since he was in Spain, he liked not only billiards but also soccer, cycling, and various sports such as artificial rock climbing. Billiards, of course, is the most important. He said, “I am a professional. Always try to be the best player. Be careful when eating. I only think of billiards,” he emphasized.
PBA has outstanding players, but they also have confidence. In particular, the great success of seniors such as Zapata and Martinez is a great stimulus to him. “One day I will be a champion like Zapata. I will work harder to achieve my dream.”