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Alistair Overeem Publicly Petitions for Boxing Match Against Klitschko Brothers

Written by Tom Ngo
July 18th, 2011
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Strikeforce Heavyweight Champ Alistair Overeem

Although Alistair Overeem has a Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals shootout with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on his immediate calendar, the Strikeforce champ is actively pursuing opportunities outside of the mixed martial arts universe. The MMA and K-1 kickboxing king is now petitioning for a boxing match against either of the Klitschko brothers.

Older brother Vitali is the current WBC heavyweight champion. The 39-years-old holds an impressive 42-2 professional record.

Wladimir, who pop culture fans might recognize as being Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend, owns a 56-3 resume and is the reigning WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring Magazine world champ.

Overeem possesses a 10-4 kickboxing record and holds a 35-11 (1 NC) mark in MMA. “The Demolition Man” has never competed in a professional boxing match.

For those of you that think Overeem is merely thinking aloud, here’s the statement he released to MMAFighting on Monday regarding his lofty career goals:

“I would love to fight one of the Klitschko brothers. I think it will be great to see how one combat sport world champion will do against another world champion. There are many reasons to challenge him: boxing has been the No. 1 combat sport for years and MMA is growing and closing the gap with boxing. I would like to bring both worlds together by being the first MMA and K-1 champion to cross over into boxing.

There are many boxers that have competed in K-1 or MMA but vice versa, it’s something that has not been done yet, so why not? I always like to challenge myself. I like to try new things. I know that a lot of people will call me crazy and will think that a boxing champion will have the full advantage. I’m fully aware that I’m the underdog going into the fight, but that was the same thing when I fought K-1 champion Badr Hari. People thought I was foolish to even try to fight such a name as an MMA fighter, but I took the chance and I defeated him. Two years later, I was crowned the K-1 champion.

If you don’t try, then you will never know. Nobody has ever seen two combat champions fight in a boxing match so I think that I have the credentials to try. My current contract allows me to fight another sport so now I can do it. The last reason I can think of is that I know that Klitschko doesn’t have many challenges in boxing anymore. The heavyweight division isn’t very interesting anymore, so maybe I can give some color to the division and make for an exciting fight. If I look at the David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko fight, I was a little disappointed. Klitschko was much better. No disrespect to Haye, but I truly believe I can make a more exciting fight, win or lose. As a true fan of MMA, I always liked the concept to see different combat sports fighting it out, so I’m going to make a bold statement and challenge Klitschko under his rules and his terms. I’m not in any way trying to disrespect him by challenging him, but he and I know this fight will not go to a decision!

It’s up to the fans’ response. I only want to fight him if there is support in both boxing and MMA communities. If the fans want it, I’m in!”

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