THE grandson of infamous mob boss John Gotti made a stunning start to his career as an MMA fighter over the weekend.
On what would have been his grandfather’s 77th birthday, 24-year-old John Gotti III showed all the instincts of a top class hitman with a quick-fire brutal win.
It took him less than a round to pick-up his first victory in his maiden bout with a TKO triumph over fellow welterweight Johnny Adams at CES MMA 46 on Friday.
The clash was part of the night’s preliminary card and was not shown live on television, but a video of him in action has emerged on Twitter.
Gotti III has said his MMA interest stemmed from his father – John A.Gotti aka Junior Gotti – following his release from prison after a 2008 indictment on racketeering and murder conspiracy failed to stick.
He said: “When my father first came home from prison, (MMA) was a means for us to bond.
“We would watch all the big fights together at home, as well as attending several cards in New Jersey.
“I think now, as I’ve chosen this as a profession, although my father is proud of me, I think he regrets fostering my interest. I don’t think he ever thought this would be the end result. What father wants to watch his son in this type of environment?”
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John Gotti was an Italian-American gangster who was boss of the powerful Gambino crime family in New York City.
At his peak, he was oneo f the most powerful and dangerous crime bosses in the world and was known as “The Dapper Don” for his expensive taste in clothes and personality in front of the TV cameras.
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He would later be called “The Teflon Don” after three high-profile trials, later revealed to have been tainted by jury tampering and witness intimidation, resulted in his acquittal.
In 1992 Gotti was convicted of five murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion, tax evasion and loansharking and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
He died on June 10, 2002 after a losing his battle with throat cancer.
Jimmy Burchfield Sr, the fight’s promoter, says he could have “promoted the s**t” out of the Gotti name to pack the place out.
However, he explained how he respected the family’s wishes to stay under the radar after they made clear they “wanted no special attention” – also passing the opportunity to have it televised.
Burchfield Sr said: “This kid is real. I believe you are looking at something very special here.
“He’s built like Superman. You can see the agility and speed that he has.
“He’s equally talented standing up as on the mat. He’s got a very low-key personality.
“He’s surely not any kind of a wise guy.”