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Peter Aerts Interview

PETER AERTS is determined to get back on winning track at the K-1 Final Eliminations in what he expects will be a hard fight against Ewerton Teixeira.


Holland's legendary three-time K-1 champion Aerts was knocked out in two rounds by Keijiro Maeda - who now goes by the ring name Kyotaro - in his last bout in April, an unsuccessful challenge for the Japanese fighter's K-1 heavyweight title.

Veteran Aerts was written off as being past his sell-by date in some quarters after the two knockdown defeat, but said getting down to a career-lowest 97 kilograms for a fight he never got into and was unable to spar for due to an elbow injury left him feeling empty.

The 39-year-old has since had successful surgery to remove bone splinters and will tip the scales at his more usual fighting weight of between 105 and 108 kilograms as he looks to move a step closer to a fourth K-1 title when confronting Teixeira on October 2.

Aerts (pictured above) will chalk up a 64th K-1 career victory if he gets the result he hopes for after returning to form and fitness, although he says Brazilian Teixeira will be no pushover in South Korea's capital Seoul.

"My conditioning was good for the Maeda fight but I was too light.

"Because of not eating I had no sharpness at all and my concentration wasn't there. Normally when I see a point to hit - boom," said Aerts while smacking his giant right fist into his left palm.

"I was able to train on my conditioning but I couldn't spar, because if I got hit one time I couldn't train all week, it hurt a lot.

"His speed wasn't the big problem - I normally train with a lot of boxing people in the south and they are much better than him.

"It was a good lesson never to go down so much in weight again and it would be nice if they gave me a rematch at my normal weight.

"I lost, maybe it was a good thing for the sport in Japan but it was a shame it was me!

"I'm still getting my arm checked but training is no problem at all.

"Teixeira is very physically strong and I think I will have to work a lot because it's not easy to put him down.

"He lost to Alistair (Overeem) but I don't think it's easy to knock him out - I hope he will go down!

"I want the title this year and I want to fight two more years and then I think I will stop. It depends on how I'm feeling but that's what I think."

Former kyokushin world champion Teixeira has made a smooth transition to K-1, winning nine of his 11 K-1 matches since switching from karate, and knocked out Alex Roberts in his previous outing in July.

The 28-year-old also trained for two months at Aerts' old Mejiro Gym in Amsterdam earlier this year in a bid to develop a more flowing kickboxing style and become less robotic and rigid.

Teixeira will make a third K-1 Final appearance if he gets past Aerts, but the Dutch Lumberjack believes his opponent's European training stint could make him easier to figure out.

"He has trained with the Mejiro Gym but I think it's better he knows kickboxing because before he did a lot of things you didn't expect because he is from another sport - kyokushin," Aerts said.

"I think it's better he is becoming better at kickboxing because then I know what he's doing."

Aerts likened Teixeira's situation to that of Bob Sapp, the American football player turned K-1 fighter who he knocked out with ease in a round in 2007.

"It's the same like Bob Sapp, when he didn't know kickboxing and K-1 he was more dangerous than after.

"When he knew the game, then you know what's happening so its the same - I think it's better for me."

Aerts is one of three fighters from Thom Harinck's Chakuriki Gym in action at the K-1 Final Eliminations, joining stablemates Jerome Le Banner and Hesdy Gerges.

Universally recognised as the best fighter never to win a K-1 crown, veteran Le Banner meets Aerts' nemesis and new generation talent Kyotaro - a fast and mobile customer with a sharp right hand.

It's Showtime champion Gerges rematches four-time and defending K-1 champion Semmy Schilt, who he lost a brave decision to at short notice last year.

Aerts, who inflicted one of just three K-1 losses on the near seven-foot Schilt at the same Final Elimination stage in 2008, gives both of his team-mates a good chance of victory.

He said: "I think Hesdy has a good chance. I told him Sem's weak points and I told him last time but he didn't have long to prepare.

"I think he is big like me, so that is a big advantage when you fight someone like Sem Schilt. I think he has a good chance because his style won't suit him if he picks out his weak points.

"Sem Schilt has a good jab and front kick but you have to take away his good things. The problem with him is his height and he has a very good condition.

"You have to go at him because if you go backwards he will kill you. But when you go forwards and he takes a lot of punches he can become disorganised.

"Hesdy has improved and he trains with good guys and when you do you have to be sharp otherwise they hit you. We help each other, that's how you become a champion."

Aerts added: "I've talked with Jerome about Kyotaro. He mustn't run after him, he's got to push him to the ropes and watch his right punch but he knows how to fight him himself.

"He has to be sharp in his head, like me, that's the most important thing because we both have a lot of experience."

The heavyweight K-1 Final Eliminations kick off a weekend in Seoul being billed as Double Impact, with the 70kg World Max Eliminations taking place the following day on October 3.




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D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-24 at: 07:11
Thanks for posting, stark.

I hope Aerts gives us a good performance .... and wins.
xyz (306 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-24 at: 09:01
When everybody ist talking about Schilt is the one to beat - it seems they completely forgot the only one who beat Schilt twice - Mr. K1,
last time only two years ago.
In fact of that i´m wondering during a short time so many people got no more confidence in him. Hey,
everybody gets older and it would be an honour for you if you were in that shape when you someday reach his age. So take him as an example for beeing fit in cause of cetting older. This man got still the will to win, don´t underrate him...
szanpan (2088 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-24 at: 09:15
i like Aerts, but i just dont see how he couldnt feel the direct consequences of his weight loss, when he trained all day .. but it s of course up to him, his loss was because of him and not because of Kyotaros goodness IMO. Kyotaro will never ever KO Le Banner i wonder what he will do with him, i think he will continue to run around the ring as usual :)
thank you for this article Stark.
Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-24 at: 09:51
Everyone has their favorite ...as do I. So please Lumberjack, bring back the belt one more time :)
Thnx for posting!
xyz (306 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-24 at: 09:56
Meanwhile he lost three times and you think it´s over?
Currently Hari lost three times too...;-)
xyz (306 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-24 at: 10:12
Hey people, by the way: I forgot to told you - i enjoy every of your posting, it´s a pleasure for me. Fans of K1 is the only site which i´m following nearly day by day ( since about three years) - so thank you for the passion for fighting sport and supplying with regularly news :-)
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-24 at: 11:13
@Hosinsul Well ... welcome! Nice to see that you started commenting as well, after three years.
Looking forward to more of your posts.
Rob, Holland reporter (1964 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-26 at: 09:40
@Hosinsul Good point mate! And now we can finally say welcome to you ;-)
Looking forward to your posts!
Cdn Mongoose (1425 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-27 at: 09:51
Most of the people who post have good informative comments....Except for those Dutch guys
Cdn Mongoose (1425 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-27 at: 09:52
Just Kidding...
torazulu (580 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-27 at: 11:25
Three years?And you still havent realised what a bunch of fruitcakes we are here::)))))
xyz (306 posts)
Posted: 2010-09-28 at: 10:13
thank you...of course it tastes of Double Cherry Pie ;-)
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