Albert Kraus, the dutch Hurricane
Albert Kraus, Dutchman of 24 years old, is one of the star of the K-1 world Max which championship final will take place July 20th at Yokohama Arena of Kanagawa in Japan. At his occasion we interviewed him in order to know him a little bit more.
Muaytahitv : Hi albert, which sport did you practice first ?
Albert Kraus : Hi, before I begin with Thai-boxing I practised boxing for 1,5 year boxing
Why did you begin that sport ?
I always wanted to do it but there was no gym in my town or close to it but I liked it already in my younger years
Not really but I like a lot of old fighters
In which club did you begin ?
I begin in a club that I take over for a view years now
You're young and are already world and European Champion and have won K-1 max. When did you realize that you want to make a career in boxing?
It goes very fast in a view years from nothing until what I reach now so it was a short time only a view years.
How did you enter in the K-1 ?
I fought a hard fight and there was the K-1 promotor from Holland. He saw my fight and he liked my style then he invited me for a qualification fight for K-1 MAX and I won that fight and qualified (he now also my manager).
How do you earn your nickname "Hurricane" ?
I don't know, in that qualification fight I had it I don’t know who and how they gave it to me. I saw the poster of the event and there was my name and picture Albert "The Hurricane"Kraus from that moment it has become my nickname.
Tell us your fight against Buakaw ?
We trained really hard and my trainer did a lot of thinking how to do it this time. He looked many times to his tape we trained a couple of combinations and a strategy and it was good we did a lot of work with a good result.
Why did you jump on his back at the end of the fight?
I jumped in every corner only not that one. As he stays there for a long time and I don’t want to wait, I jumped behind him then he kissed me.
Since now, what is your best memories in boxing ?
Of course my K-1 Max title and my change of gym for the Super Pro gym (see picture). I have learned a lot and I'm still learning.
Who are your main opponent in the K-1? What do you think of each of them ?
I think and know they are all strong fighters so I respect them all only if I fight them I always want to win.
Do you know Farid Villaume ? If yes, what do you think of him ?
I heard a lot if him and last time I saw his fight (against Kinami) he is a good fighter I think but I don’t know or this game is his style (k-1 rules) I think he is a real muay thai fighter the Thai style
Thanks Albert and good luck for your fight.
Albert Krauss will fight against John Wayne Parr July 20th in the quarter final of the K-1 World Max qualification final.
Remarks collected by Vincent Dao