K-1 MAX Winner Andy Souwer Special Interview
At the 20th Anniversary Party with
Mr. John De Ling and Mr. Cesar
Andy Souwer, representing Shootboxing, accomplished an
excellent victory at this year's K-1 MAX, which was held
on July 20. However, right after his fight Andy was told
about his cousin's death, so he rushed back home before
being able to hold a press conference. He came back to Japan
though for the commemoration of Shootboxing's 20th anniversary
and for the publication of Mr. Cesar's autobiography party
on August 1.
He held interviews and spoke about his happiness in winning
the K-1 MAX title as well as his ambitions for the future.
Question: Congratulations on winning the K-1 MAX title. Could
you tell us about the tournament?
Andy Souwer: I'm very happy. I was able to meet everybody's
expectations and win the title.
Q: This was the second time you fought in the K-1 MAX tournament.
Was there any difference from the first time you competed
A.S.: I always think about winning the first match, and
then look at the next step. This tournament was the same.
However, I lost the first match in the last tournament,
so I had a strong desire to win this time.
Q: It seems you felt a lot of pressure last time. How was
it this time?
A.S.: I didn't feel a lot of pressure this time. I was
able to relax this time, so that's why I was able to win.
Q: You said you weren't satisfied with some of the fights.
A.S.: That's right. I couldn't properly do what I had been
practicing. I couldn't use the strategy I had planned. I
decided to start with a slow pace and it didn't go well.
Especially with Kohiruimaki. He was a slow starter. I was
too careful and couldn't be offensive until the middle of
the first round.
Q: Right after your victory, you shouted "SHOOTBOXING"
and repeatedly showed the Shootboxing sign with your hand.
The fans and Shootboxing related people were very moved.
A.S.: I'm here because of Shootboxing. I wanted to appeal
to the people who don't know about Shootboxing.
Q: Including the S-Cups, you have become a middleweight
champion three times. Will this record continue?
A.S.: Absolutely. I will try to get more titles. I want
to be known as a fighting legend, not only a one-time champion.
Q: As the K-1 MAX champion, other fighters will now be
coming after you.
A.S.: It's natural as a champion and I'm ready for it.
I will accept any challenge and will prove that I'm the
Q: Is there anybody specific you want to fight?
A.S.: Anybody who is a top fighter in K-1. If I had to
choose, I'd say Albert Kraus, who beat me last time, and
Q: Speaking of Masato, you were meant to fight him if he
hadn't gotten injured.
A.S.: It was sad not to fight against Masato. I did a lot
of research on him. He is the most popular fighter in K-1
and I need to fight against him.
Q: After Masato watched your fight; he said he would win
in a fight against you.
A.S.: It's easy to say that. If he feels that way, I want
to fight him in the ring. I'll accept his challenge any
Q: Masato's come back fight will be a big event on the
New Years Eve show.
A.S.: "Dynamite" is it? I'd like to participate
in it, and it would be great if I could fight against Masato.
I want to win and prove who the real champion is.
Q: There will be harder fights for you with the S-Cup next
A.S.: S-Cup is the same as the K-1 MAX tournament or even
harder. Many good fighters will participate in it, especially
Shishido who has become a strong fighter. I am a good friend
with Shishido, but I will do my best to knock him down in
Q: Any final message for the Shootboxing fans?
A.S.: I'm very grateful. Even when I was defeated by Albert
Kraus, only the Shootboxing fans believed in me. I know
many people didn't expect me to win the K-1 MAX title, but
Shootboxing fans were different. Because of the
fan's support, I could become a champion. THANK YOU VERY
MUCH!!! (Could you write that part in big letters?