|** ALBERT KRAUS Interview ** by AL3X1S|
Hi Albert, first, thanks for this time you dedicate to your fans. Is an honor for us to speak with a great champion as you are.
K-1Fans: How do you feel after the K-1 MAX Final?
Kraus: Hi. Not so good I really wanted to win it this year and when I saw it back on tv than more bad because in my eyes I had to have a extra round but we'll going on.
K-1Fans: Are you having a rest time, or you are training hard again to fight soon? next fight?
Kraus: I had a view injurys so I relax for a short time and I fight again in my home town 16th of December against Ozkan Kose.
K-1Fans: Is Souwer very difficult to fight now? Have you noticed the difference between this year and 2003 when you KOed him?
Kraus: He is a good fighter but I think everybody saw I was the boss in the ring so when I'm fresh without injurys I think I'll will give my fans a good fight and win again.
K-1Fans: Besides you, who are the best two or three fighters of the MAX and why, in your opinion?
Kraus: Buakaw he shows he is good, Masato he does the thing what he has to do for his opponent (his home work) and Andy is also a complete fighter but when I'm in good shape without injurys I win tham all three.
K-1Fans: Who is the fighter who gave you the toughest/hardest fight?
Kraus: Shane Chapman (in K-1 MAX 2002)
K-1Fans: What differences do you see in K-1/kickboxing between Japan and Holland? (popularity, fans, television.. etc)
Kraus: Everything, you have to see it before you can understand in Japan you get so much more respect from the fans and everything is urangest so much better and bigger.
K-1Fans: Do you think that your work/sport is well paid? are you happy with what you have got?
Kraus: I'm very happy me and my family are heathy so that you can not buy. But when I hear how much money the heavyweights make than I'm not happy with it, in the middle weight the level is much higher.
K-1Fans: If you would have not been fighter, what would you like to have been?
Kraus: I dont know but much heavier and more lizzy haha
K-1Fans: Which are your next goals in Fighting world? titles, success.. etc
Kraus: First to win the K-1 MAX again than to stay the champion and after that I hope one of my students can win the K-1 max, and after that my son, I think than the dream is complete.
K-1Fans: About your leisure, which are your hobbies? what do you do in your free time?
Kraus: I stay with my kids and family almost every week I have a new hobby I also like fishing and doing nothing so many many things.
K-1Fans: What about your family and wife? do they support you in your fights?
Kraus: Yes they support me and its our food so she has to and my kids like it also.
K-1Fans: Would you like that your son become a fighter someday or you prefer other job or sport?
Kraus: If he wants to I support him 100% but maybe its better that he will be a good footballer or a bank owner but I always support him.
K-1Fans: About the past, when and how do you started in world of martial arts?
Kraus: Thats a long story but my brother was a boxer so I wanted it already from a young age, but I started boxing when I was 14 years old and only doing this for 1,5 years, than when I was 17 years old I started kickboxing and I still like it.
K-1Fans: Did you have some Idol or favourite fighter? and where did you find the inspiration to become champion?
Kraus: Thats the same as my hobby that was changed many times but Mike Tyson I like very much.
K-1Fans: Who are your best friends in K-1? you are in touch with them outside the tournaments?
Kraus: Not really but I talk with the ones who live in Holland if I see them, and I e-mail with Duane Ludwig he is a nice guy and a very good fighter.
K-1Fans: What about your team? (trainer, gym, team, partners..)
Kraus: My trainer is Dennis Krauweel how teach me still a lot from Team Super Pro. We have many good fighter on our gym I train a lot with Alviar Lima and with my students from my gym where I teach them.
K-1Fans: How is your training routine? how many hours a day?
Kraus: When I preparing for a fight 2 times a day 5 days a week and one time in the weekend but about 3 hours a day.
K-1Fans: You have gone to Thailand to training skills, dont you? how was your experience there?
Kraus: I like Thailand also training on Scorpion gym, I try to go 2 times a year to Thailand for Holliday with my family and then I train a little bit.
K-1Fans: Is there some fighter that you want to fight specially? if so, then reason.
Kraus: Not really, I want to fight everybody, but I want to fix something from last final ...
K-1Fans: Would you like to try other styles as muaythai (with elbows) or MMA (mixed martial arts) someday?
Kraus: Maybe MMA but not yet, I don't like to fight with elbows but maybe MMA in the future.
K-1Fans: Do you follow K-1 World GP (HeavyWeights)? who are your favourites and who do you think that will win the K-1 WGP final this year?
Kraus: I hope Peter Aerts win this year, he is a good friend of me, but I give Semmy Schilt a good chances, but it will be a dutch guy again I think.
K-1Fans: How do you wish your nexts years in your life and fighting sports?
Kraus: I hope to stay health and win every fight I have to fight but we will see I gonna do my best.
K-1Fans: How would you want to continue in the fight world in the future? trainer, promoter..? what are your plans?
Kraus: I teach already for 8 years my students so I'm already trainer I also manage them. I promote for 3 year our event so I maybe continue that way.
K-1Fans: OK, we wish you can get your wishes and objetives. Something more to say us and your fans?
Kraus: I want to thank everybody who support me and I do my best for them and for K-1fans I think your website is one... or maybe even the best.
Thank you, regards Albert Kraus.
Congratulations again Champion. And thanks very much for the Interview. GOOD LUCK.
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