Liverkick recently posted an interview that Alistair Overeem cut with a Polish reporter. The interview starts off slow, with Overeem forgetting the names of the cities he visited, giving the mandatory compliments to Polish fans and just generally playing it safe with his analyses of upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix fights. At the 4 minute mark, things really get interesting. Alistair is asked about what he will do if he wins the Grand Prix, thus cleaning out Strikeforce’s heavyweight division. Aside from fighting in the UFC, Overeem expresses interest in pursuing a boxing match against current IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine world heavyweight champion (as well as WBA super heavyweight champion) Vitali Klitschko.
Sure, Alistair is more than capable of winning in K-1. But there’s a reason Jerome Le Banner has fought no one you’ve heard of in his boxing career: Good kickboxers aren’t always good boxers. Plus, after watching the 42-2 champion dismantle Shannon Briggs and Odlanier Solis, there is no way that this wouldn’t end badly for someone who recently was exhausted from watching Fabricio Werdum flop for three rounds.
What makes this even more confusing is that when the reporter asks Overeem about Klitschko’s chances against Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek in their upcoming title fight, Overeem skeptically answers “a fight always has the X factor”. So a guy who is 44-1 as a professional boxer is going to need “the X factor” to beat Viitali Klitschko, but a guy who is making his professional debut can win with the right sparring partners and a good training camp? Sure, why not.
I admire that Ubereem has goals and all, but how about making it past Bigfoot Silva first?