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Dutch boxer Kooij caught up in World Cup frenzy

Our good friend Jamie Drubin, former heavyweight and now cutman, tipped us off to Danny Kooij at the House of Champions Gym in Vero Beach, Florida.

Kooij, a cruiserweight, is 8-0 with three stoppages thus far as a pro. He's from The Netherlands and couldn't get enough of the World Cup. 

"I watched every game," he said. "I know soccer is not as popular here, but Holland is very big on soccer. Even if you don't like it you watch the games. Even after the U.S. lost and people lost interest, I made sure I watched all the games."

Kooij played soccer for seven years before turning to boxing and felt the referee blew the call that put the Dutch at a disadvantage in Spain's 1-0 victory.

"It was a bad call," he said. "The ref was making bad calls through the entire game. To send them down to 10 men blew the match."

Kooij qualified for The Netherland's Olympic team in 2008 but the country failed to earn an Olympic birth. He's being trained by Gus Curren and has been in the U.S. since April of 2009.

"I didn't come here to be second best I want to be world champion," said Kooij. "Learning the pro game is something I completely occupy myself with. That's why I came here a year ago, to learn the pro game."


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