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Alistair Overeem Considering a Move to Boxing, Wants to Fight Vitali Klitschko


Vitali Klitschko is Ukrainian for “Kimbo Slice“, right? Video Props: Liverkick.com

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.

Wait…what?

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?

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Fedor vs. Bas- July 18, 2011 at 11:03 am
Anyone else notice this is the same technique Nick Diaz used to get in the UFC?
VANISM- July 18, 2011 at 12:00 am
Worst interviewer EVER.

And the REEM has every right to be confident in ANYTHING he aspires to do. He has the titles, the records and the skill to back him up.

Would the odds be against him? Sure.

Does he have absolutely 0% chance of putting on a good fight or even catching them with one of his devastating overhand rights - You f4cking betcha.


And of course he's not afraidd of ANYONE. Look at him and what he's done. YTF would he be afraid of anyone?

The REEM is the greatest!
Bucks- July 17, 2011 at 11:39 am
Vitali holds the WBC.His younger Wladimir brother holds IBF,IBO,WBO,Ring Magazine and recently won the WBA from David Haye.
SoulMechanic- July 17, 2011 at 12:53 am
"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."

This is a false statement. His younger brother Wladimir holds all those titles you mentioned. Vitali only holds the WBA world heavyweight championship belt, not the super heavyweight belt.
SonOfSerbia- July 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm
Overeem eats a lot of shots in his K-1 and MMA bouts. I dont think he would hold up too well against either of the Klitchkos; he couldnt take that kind of punishment over the course of 12 rounds
Dynamo- July 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm
That's not really true.. a lot of "good" boxers just duck people until they feel they get a matchup in their favor. I think Jerome would have knocked the heads off many of the heavy power punchers that in the "good" category if he was a few years younger, unfortunately he was avoided. Most of them suck.

In this case Alistar wouldn't have a hope in hell of getting past that jab, he'd turtle up and get pounded. I really don't think he has a good style for him in the first place. Probably just a hardball tactic anyways.
Joedirt- July 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Overeem will get killed... and if it is that big in Europe... it's in Danas best interest not to let it happen. One of heavyweights top ranked strikers getting completely outclassed wouldn't look good.
Lesnarischamp- July 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm
to add, from what I gather, both overeem and klitschko are big names in europe (compared to NA), so I'm sure it has enough intrigue to promoters over there to get the wheels going on it to attract Dana's and the UFC's attention.
Lesnarischamp- July 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm
yeah, I was coming to say the same thing as Kimbo. If he wins the HW GP, he just wants a UFC title shot right away and is laying the ground works for any extra leverage he can get.
Travelinron- July 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm
I was at the Corrie Sanders/ Klitschko fight. Waaaay back in the nose bleeds. He hit Sanders so hard it sounded like he was slapping a fat girls ass right next to my head. . . a sound I miss.
Joedirt- July 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm
Klitschko via first round MURDER.
Spitting into the wind- July 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm
Well I want to fuck Kate Upton in the ass it doesnt mean that..................wait, what was I saying?
cabj1905- July 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm
I second Kimbo's comment. There's no way he's actually considering a career in boxing. This is just what Nick Diaz did to get in the UFC. Although I think his future in the UFC was already secure before this, it may just be a ploy to get a bigger contract. "Either I, too, get GSP money, or I walk to another sport." Let's see how this one plays out.
Venomous- July 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Someone show Alistair Overeem the Vitali Klitschko Vs. Corrie Sanders fight, Vitali literally gave Corrie cauliflower ear during the fight. I wouldn't want to get hit by those mits.
Kimbos Bread- July 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm
Smart move.
Overeem is using the Nick Diaz method of getting into the UFC with better pay.
TehBeej- July 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Vitali or Wladimir would eat Overeem. Wouldn't even be close.
Mdollas- July 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Im an Overeem fan, but his last outing was nothing short of a joke. He needs to stay focused right now ^^^ agreed.
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