Robin van Roosmalen: “When I was a little boy, my father was a champion already.”
Your father was a famous boxer, how come you became a fighter to?
When I was a little boy, my father was a world champion already, I wanted to be like him.
Have you ever done any other sports besides kickboxing?
I started with kickboxing but I also did judo for a couple of years. When I was ten years old I started to play football (soccer), 4 years later I picked up the kickboxing classes again.
How did you get the nickname Pokerface?
I got that name from my manager, because he thinks I’ve got only one expression on my face when I’m fighting.
What’s your favorite walk out song?
I really like, Linkin Park feat. Jay-Z – Numb Encore
How come Holland is so dominant in kickboxing world wide?
I think because we have the best trainers and a lot of good gyms. Another reason are the large amount of events every weekend. Every fighter has the opportunity to gain experience because of that.
At the moment there are many fighters who like to do some MMA or boxing besides their kickboxing fights (Andy Souwer, Nieky Holzken, Tyrone Spong), what can we expect from Robin van Roosmalen?
I like everything, MMA, boxing and kickboxing. Besides the kickboxing I love to do MMA, I think It’s a complete sport where you need to possess all aspects of the fighting game to win (Striking and wrestling).
Do you have an idol in the fighting game or in any other sport?
My idol is Ramon Dekkers, because of his fighting style. This legend needs no further introduction offcourse.
What are your hobbies, besides kickboxing?
I like all aspects of kickboxing or fighting sports in general. Weight lifting and dieting are activities that are also a part of the sport. I like to do those kind of things and I always try to learn more about them.
Which part of your training do you like the most?
I like everything, but if I have to choose, I would say sparring.
There must be something that you don’t like?
If I have to choose something, I would say bag training.
You’re one of the fastest kickboxers around, is this something that becomes naturally, or did you specifically train for it?
I think that I’ve always been a fast fighter. Everything we do in training needs to be hard, fast and explosive. We don’t train for it specifically.
How do you stay motivated when you’re doing kickboxing every day?
Because I want to become and stay the best. I worked hard for the position in the rankings were I’m at right now and I don’t want to give that spot to someone else.
What is your best fight?
I really like my fight against Dzhabar Askerov. Just some back and forth action all the time.
What is the worst injury you’ve had in your career?
I don’t have much injuries honestly. Sometimes I have some shin injuries from kicking, but normally the injuries disappear after one week or something.
At GLORY 4 Tokyo, your opponent Yuichiro Nagashima walked to the ring in a mankini and with a diper on his head. Have you ever considered to quit fighting, if you lost from him on that particular day?
If I lost from him I would’ve seriously considered it, but besides his choice of clothing, I don’t think it’s a bad fighter at all. Never underestimate your opponent!
You defeated Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Chris Ngimbi and Artur Kyshenko in one night, at the It’s Showtime Fast and the Furious Tournament. Did this achievement feel as your breakthrough in the world of kickboxing?
Yeah maybe you can say it like that, before the tournament I fought some good fighters but not as good as the guys on the tournament. After that night I got an offer from GLORY and from that point I only fought top fighters in my opinion.
K-1 World MAX:
You never participated at the K-1 World MAX in Japan, what’s your feeling about that?
To be honest, this has always been one of my dreams. K-1 was the biggest promotion at that time. But for now, GLORY is the biggest promotion and I’m happy to fight for them.
Which fighter from the K-1 World MAX period would you like to fight?
Masato Kobayashi (retired), I really liked his fighting style, such a complete fighter with hard punches and a lot of speed. This would’ve been a dream match up to me.
I want to win everything in 2014/2015. The year 2013 ended not so good in my eyes, but I’m going to do everything within my power to make it up in 2014.
Masato Kobayashi vs. Andy Souwer.
What would you like to do when you’re retired?
I would like to travel around the world with an RV.
Do you have a message for Kickboxingplanet?
I would like to thank Kickboxingplanet for their time and effort, to set this up, great!
Do you have a message for your fans?
I want to thank my fans for their support and trust, in 2014 you’re going to see a new and better Robin van Roosmalen.