Follow Up Questions for Metal Mulisha's Brian Deegan
Monster Jam Media
Oct 7, 2011
Hi Brian, it’s been
a couple months since the last time we talked. We hear you’ve have a lot
going on, including a charity boxing match against Dave Mirra. What can
you tell us about that fight?
Brian Deegan: The fight was
a really good and it was for the EllisMania 7 event and all of the proceeds
went to charity. The fight was against
Dave Mirra, who is a really serious competitor and a great match up. I trained
hard with Mike Tyson, and Tyson’s boxing coach Tom Patti. I trained for two months and I know Dave trained
hard as well. It was the most challenging thing I have ever done in my
career and it was something I always wanted to do, get in the ring in front of
thousands of people. It was a great
boxing match and I ended up winning in the fourth and final round. It was my
boxing skills that persevered in the end
What’s are the main differences between the
way a monster truck handles and some of your other motor sports passions like
off road racing and freestyle motocross?
Brian Deegan: Driving a monster truck is a lot more
technical than it looks. It is a big
heavy vehicle that you have to maneuver around.
It is more challenging than I thought.
In general, I use skills from riding dirt bikes and racing and transfer those
into the monster truck. I have fun with it - it’s a big toy for adults. It's really fun to destroy stuff and jump
trucks. It’s what I’m in to. Four
wheels have a lot of power, they are super loud and exciting.
MonsterJam.com: Rumor has it that you’ll be doing another
round of monster truck testing coming up. How has the testing been going,
and what do you hope to take away from this round of testing?
Brian Deegan: Yes, I am back at Digger’s Dungeon. The guys have been super cool with helping me
out. I’m learning how to control the truck better. Every form of racing is about how much
practice time you put into it. It’s
something I take serious. I come out
here and get more comfortable in the truck, jump higher and do more tricks. It seems to be going good.
MonsterJam.com: We’ve seen the Hot Wheels Monster Jam
Metal Mulisha toys at retailers, they look great! Are you happy with the
way they turned out?
Brian Deegan: Yes, as a kid I was always into toy
trucks and playing in the dirt. It was
cool to build a toy that I would have been pumped about as a kid and a toy that
my boys are excited about. It’s cool. Mulisha is about doing new stuff. It
fits our image and the toys turned out great.
MonsterJam.com: We sure hope all of your interest in
monster trucks leads to something bigger with Monster Jam someday. Do you
have any official announcements for us (nudge nudge)?
Brian Deegan: I hope so! It’s something we’ve
been discussing, and I’d be pumped to drive a Metal Mulisha monster truck and
bring Mulisha to the Monster Jam fan base and millions of
kids. We’ll find out soon!”
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