Kickboxing legend, former two-time K-1 champion Andy Souwer appears on The FightBox Podcast.
Andy Souwer is a Dutch kickboxer who has competed at the highest level, twice winning the prestigious K-1 World Max Championship. He holds victories over some of the biggest names in kickboxing such as Buakaw Banchamek, Artur Kyshenko, Yodsanklai Fairtex, Nieky Holzken and more. In recent years he has turned his attention to MMA where his record currently stands at 2-2. For the moment, it seems that he is completely focused on his current endeavor and has put his kickboxing days behind him, but as he told me on episode 131 of The FightBox Podcast, if the right offer comes around, he may consider it.
“The Destroyer” has had all but one of his MMA fights in the new Japanese upstart promotion Rizin FC, where he has twice lost by submission. During the interview it was obvious that the match making process and negotiations for his next fight were not going well.
“They don’t give me any opportunity to perform and to accomplish my goals step by step. They give me, for example, the next veteran from the UFC with almost 30 MMA fights. I think they are just using me and they are using my name.”
Souwer was also quite critical of Glory Kickboxing. When asked why he never fought for them, he responded “If they don’t want me, I don’t care because I don’t need them.” He went on to say that he thinks that Glory presents itself as the top kickboxing organization, but in reality they are not even close to the level of the old K-1. The fiery Dutchman also stated that he thinks Glory is protecting their champions and is not interested in making the right matchups.
“If we are honest to each other… if you look to the fights, to the champions, how they are protecting their champions, it’s too obvious that they only want to have their own champions to be stable in their organization. I think they have to invite the best fighters in the world, not only to protect their champions. Sometimes they can be pretty protective. Do you know what I’m saying?”
Andy Souwer also addresses several other issues in the interview including how it was for him to transition from kickboxing to MMA and what his thoughts are on Gokhan Saki, who could be debuting later his year in the UFC. He also names the best fighter he’s ever been in the ring with.
Next week, on episode 132 of The FightBox Podcast, my guest will be female kickboxer, MMA fighter, Muay Thai practitioner and coach Daria Albers. She gives a great female perspective of the combat sports world and has some very interesting thoughts on weight cutting and mind coaching. All current and past episodes are available here.