The Storm feels the heat

NERVOUS: Thai boxing fight organiser Norm (‘‘The Storm’’) Graham says every time he runs a
show, it weighs on him heavily.
NERVOUS: Thai boxing fight organiser Norm (‘‘The Storm’’) Graham says every time he runs a show, it weighs on him heavily.

Norm Graham is the organiser of Saturday night's Storm Warning Thai boxing fight night at the YMCA in Hamilton. The night features a couple of title fights and a four-man championship fight. We managed to slip a few questions past Norm's defences. 

What keeps you awake at night?

The uncertainty of running a show that could leave me penniless keeps me awake.

What's your earliest memory? Falling off my little plastic three-wheeler when my Dad thought I was old enough to go down the hill by myself. He was wrong, and I crashed badly.

Who is your hero?

Anyone who attempts the impossible, and succeeds anyway.

What are your strengths?

I think things through. Well, that's what I call it. Others suggest it's just procrastination. I'm still thinking that one through.

And your weaknesses?

See above.

What would you most like to change about yourself as a person?

I'd most like to change the way I handle pressure situations.

What got you into the fighting game?

Before I learned to fight, I went along to a Terry Hill show and thought to myself that I could train guys to beat all but two of the fighters on that night. There were two good fighters that I thought might give me a good run for my money if I was ever to become a fighter myself. I went on to fight them both. I was right that they would be trouble. I beat one of them and lost to the other.

Who would you most like to see in the ring?

I'd like to see Manny Pacquiao fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Tyrone Spong v Nathan Corbett 2 would be a dream come true to watch as well.

What's on your bedside table?

My TV remote control and my cellphone.

What was the last text or tweet you sent?

I don't do the tweet or the Facebook thing.

Do you have a nickname?

The Storm

What music would play in a film about your life?

Tom Petty's Even the Losers get Lucky Sometimes would be funny, thinking back on things.

What's the first record/album you ever bought?

The album American Graffiti.

What would you sing at karaoke?

If I was drunk enough to do karaoke, I would sing I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty.

What do you spend money on?

I spend all my money on wine, women and relationship counselling

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

I like sweet things like chocolates far too much.

To whom do you owe an apology?

I owe my parents an apology. I was a lot of trouble, and I realise that now.

What are you most afraid of?

At the moment I am more afraid of failing to draw a good crowd to my next show. Every time I run a show it weighs on me heavily, even though I achieved sellout crowds last year.

What is your favourite food?

Thai food is my absolute favourite, especially chicken cashew nuts with stir fry veges.

What's your pet hate?

My biggest pet hate is when you go to a gas station and have to wait for ages for someone who orders a damn coffee. What's up with that?

Waikato Times