31 Aug 2007

Ricardo Van de Boss, aged 22, cuts an imposing figure at 191cm and 101kg but is a polite and considered character - outside of the ring at least.

The big Dutchman is ready to fight American Rocky Rosario for the WBC MUAYTHAI heavyweight world championship at the Normandie Casino in Los Angeles on on September 8.

There are huge rewards on offer if Van de Bos captures the WBC title but he said he was calm and unfazed by having to fight on Rosario's turf.
``I'm not afraid of going over there because a ring is a ring, wherever it is,'' he said.
``I believe in my own ability and I'm looking forward to the fight."
``This is what I have been working towards for a long time and I am ready."
``I travelled to Thailand when I was 14 so going to the USA doesn't bother me.''
That air of confidence is shared by trainer, and fellow Dutchman, Pieter Hoovers.
``We are sure of beating Rosario and we have a game plan, but we are
not going to reveal what it is because the American is going to have a real
shock on the night,'' said Hoovers, who speaks with an infectious enthusiasm about his fighter's chances of victory.
``Ricardo knows what he is doing and we have prepared to do what we want to do.''

Hoovers said the camp hadn't seen any videos of Rosario in action and that they weren't concerned about what may await them.
``I don't care about Rosario because I know what Ricardo can do,'' said Hoovers.
``We have been working to get Ricardo totally ready so it doesn't matter what the American does."
``We are going to make Rosario fight our fight and he isn't going to like it.''
A quick glance at the record of both fighters suggests that van de Boss
could have a real scrap on his hands.
The Dutchman has won 15 of 25 fights while Rosario - real name Shane Del
Rosario - has had a reported 12 fights and won every single one.
Rosario has competed in Mixed Martial Arts contests as well as being trained in Vale Tudo.
However, Hoovers said those statistics had to be put in context.
``When Ricardo was a teenager he was fighting big Maoris in New Zealand,''
said the trainer.

Writtten by : Julian Turner, Bangkok Post newspaper

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