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GLORY 11: Rico Verhoeven, ” I’m ready for anyone, I don’t care who it is “
GLORY 11: Chicago sees the 24 year-old Rico Verhoeven, also known as ‘The Prince of Kickboxing’ enter the 4-man, one night Heavyweight Title Tournament. Facing him from across the ring will be the legendary Gokhan ‘The Rebel’ Saki, while ‘The Savage Samurai‘ Daniel Ghita squares off with Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva on the other side of the brackets.
Verhoeven brings a record of 40 Wins (8 (T)KOs), 7 Losses, 1 Draw and has won three of his last four. He has tested his mettle against some of the best Heavyweights in the Glory World Series, including 4-Time Grand Prix winner and Glory Grand Slam winner, Semmy Schilt, as well as: Errol Zimmerman, Hedsy Gerges, Ben Edwards and Sergei Kharitonov. We corresponded with Rico shortly after he arrived in the United States for this important event in his career.
At Glory 9, you got your revenge on Errol Zimmerman. What do you remember about that fight?
I was ready for that fight and looking forward to the rematch since right after I lost our first fight. So, for me hearing that I was fighting Errol in NYC made me very excited. The entire fight went according to our gameplan.
How did you like fighting in New York?
Fighting in New York was awesome, the crowd was great as well as the fights.
Now at Glory 11, you face Saki in the opening round of the Heavyweight tournament. How do you see that fight going?
The first fight is Saki, I’m excited about that fight. I’m feeling ready,confident and determined to win. I know its going to be explosive and the fans will never forget our fight!
Many see you as the underdog, but I think you bring a different set of skills to the fight. I see him having problems getting inside your reach to connect, do you?
I understand people’s thoughts of me being the underdog, but I will show that the level of Gokhan Saki is no different than mine.
If you win, are you ready to face the winner of Braddock v Ghita? Who would you rather fight?
I’m ready for anybody, I don’t care who is in the finals. First- I’m facing Saki and that’s all I think about.
Is there anything you’d like to say to the fans around the world?
There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you are committed to do something you except no excuses, only results.
Thank you for your time, Rico! Best of luck in Chi-Town and we may see you the next time as the GLORY Heavyweight Champion! Keep up with Rico Verhoeven on social media, his facebook page and @RicoVerhoeven on Twitter! Check out our first interview with Rico before his win over Jhonata Diniz at GLORY 7: Milan, here.