Muaythaitv.com: Why did you practice fists and foot boxing?
I started when I was 7, to be like my friends. At the beginning my mother didn’t agree, she didn’t want to let me train, she used to say that this sport is too violent and she didn’t want me to be knocked in the head. It’s my father, who allowed me to box. I have been training in the same gym for twelve years. This sport was my passion, I liked the rigour and the physical effort required; in addition I admired and still admires the beauty of the gesture and connections. Now I’ve got my own gym I am about to open another training gym.
MTTV: Though it all, don’t you think you began to soon and you sacrified a part of your childhood?
Not at all. I used to go normally to school in Holland, I had friends who were not boxers, I used to camp in Europe with my parents. I really had a childhood similar to the other children there, it’s just that I also had my passion: boxing, in which I was deeply involved. Today, I am still living my child’s dream: becoming a big box champion.
MTTV: Does it still represent much involvement from you today?
Of course. My life must be sound. I am careful with food, I sleep at regular hours, I don’t have sleepless nights. I don’t drink alcohol. My life is the life of a high level sportsman. When I’ve got free time, I take care of my son, my wife and my family. They make me feel balanced. I couldn’t do what I am doing without them.
MTTV: Did you ever go to Thailand to train?
Never. I want to travel there soon for at least 2 weeks to prepare my next fights, especially the K1 final. I haven’t chosen my training camp yet.
MTTV: Do you think you developed a « Souwer » style, or even a Dutch style?
Yes I do. Dutch don’t like the « pure Muay Thaï » style because it is too dangerous.
MTTV: What do you mean?
Dutch are not cowards but they don’t like to imagine they can lose a fight in the last round because of a bad injury or because of a KO. What we like above all is to be aggressive and to dominate the whole fight. Attending a Dutch style match is very spectacular.
MTTV: In France, people talk about the « Dutch » style in the way of boxing. We’ve got the impression that you don’t use elbows and that you rarely look for body contact.
It’s true, but me and other boxers, we adapt ourselves quite well if elbows and body contact are used in a fight.
MTTV: Would you say that you represent the Dutch style?
Yes I think I do. I’d rather be considered as a complete boxer, this is what I try to be. The Dutch style consists of making multiple combinations and connections on the ring, be tough, fast and hit hard. I think I am a product of the Dutch Muay Thaï School; so representing the Ducht style doesn’t bother me.
MTTV: In France, people say you wanted to fight against Farid Vuillaume, is it true?
I never said that. But if a promoter makes me such a proposition, there’s no problem. I would accept the challenge. I box anybody, anywhere!
MTTV: What are your next objectives?
To win the 2006 K-1.
MTTV: Will you fight soon?
For the K-1, on the 30th of June, against Virgil Kalakoda.
MTTV: Do you want to say something to the people surfing on Muaythaitv?
I wish that the public would always be pleased to see me boxing. For me, as for all the fighters, fans and supporters are important. I thank them for their back up and I wish they would be able to go on cheering me up for long. For a boxer the back up as well as the relationship with the public is very important.