The magic of the internet and Twitter has made us pretty well acquainted with Mousid fighter Youness el Mhassani, who if you follow Dutch Kickboxing and It's Showtime you should know very well. Youness is probably one of the best -77kg fighters out there but has been criticized for his style in the past, which has led to fighters actively not looking to take fights with him. Just earlier this year there was a bout between Youness and Artem Levin set up for It's Showtime, only for the fight to fall apart. Youness is one of those guys who is without really a weight class, as he'll fight at 72.5 all the way up to 77kg and not only fight there, but impress. We got a few words with him and what he has upcoming. Also stay tuned as we talk to Mousid Akhamrane as well.
LiverKick: Go ahead and introduce yourself to those not familiar with you or your fights.
Youness: I am Youness El Mhassani and i am a professional fighter (around -76kg) from Mousid Gym. When i was 15 years old Mousid started to teach kickboxing in my neighborhood in Amsterdam East, i went to watch a training and immediately fall in love with the sport, the next training i was there again and i directly participated in the class and get hooked. In those days i missed a lot of school to learn from Mousid. I set myself the goal to become the best of the world.
LiverKick: Tell us what you remember about your first fight.
Youness: To be honest almost nothing, i know that i had to train for about 6 months from Mousid before i got my first fight. At those days i was 16 years old and i won this fight and from this moment everything went very fast. At the age of 18 years old i was already a A-class fighter and won all my fights so far.
LiverKick: You've never trained anywhere else besides Mousid's Gym?
Youness: No, i have already trained more than 10 years at Mousid Gym and for me it's the same like Mosab. I fought my first fight with Mousid in my corner and it will be the same with my last fight. I cannot image me fighting a fight without Mousid in the corner. Mousid knows me, can take the best out of me. In those 10 years i have trained with so many top fighters for example: Nordin El Otmani, Fikri Tijarti, Hoessein Abdelhadi, Mosab Amrani, Badr Hari and many more. Why i should go to another gym? i feel very good at this gym, it is like my home.
LiverKick: Fair enough, so what is the secret to the gym that makes it a good home for fighters like yourself?
Youness: I think there is no secret, i think Mousid is such a good trainer because of the fact that he have been there by himself. He is a former world champion, fought with the best and travel the hole world during his career. For this reason Mousid knows what he is talking about and besides that he can explain/teach the techniques very well. He is capable to make a champion out of nothing, he did this in the past and he will do this in the future. His lessons are very technical, but he also plays a lot of attention about discipline and respect. For this reasons i see many "foreign" fighters come over here to improve their stand up skills, and this only happens if you deliver quality.
LiverKick: Youness you've had what feels like a hundred fights and finding a complete record for you is, well, tough, do you know your record?
Youness: Sorry i don't know my record! i had so many fights for example i fought with Diender, Pique, Gunyar, Zak, Kamponglek and all defeat them, and than there were the fights with Pajonsuk. I fight him 2 times and i won both of the fights, in those days everybody says that no one can stop Pajonsuk but they forgot Youness. I also fought Spong twice and i had a victory and the last time i lost. I had about 62 fight and if i look back i can be proud, the only problem is that all those victories are from some time ago. I don't want to look back anymore, i want to prove myself again and fight with the best fighters from this moment.
LiverKick: What have you been doing lately?
Youness: I give lessons myself, i train the youngsters and newbie's and i try to create new world champions. It's very nice to see those kids grow up, improve their fighting skills, but more important to see them grow up as a human being. For example Reda, i work already a long time with him and he made huge progress, if Reda goes on like this, he will be the next big thing from Mousid-Gym. Besides that i train with the group of professional fighters to help them with their preparation, in this way i stay sharp myself as well. Since a week i trained with some Spanish fighters, one of them will fight against Giorgio Petrosyan in Spain and to be honest i teach him al lesson but that doesn't say anything for Giorgio Petrosyan because i will teach him a lesson also.
Liverkick: So the real question here is when will we see you fighting again? It has been a while and a few fights that were announced just sort of disappeared.
Youness: At the moment there are no fights fixed, i train hard and i am getting in shape.
You know what the thing is? In this days i train a lot alongside Mosab and then it starts to itch for me automatically, when i see Mosab is getting in shape, see him working. This gives me the right spirit, the boost to train my ass off. There are so many great shows like the Thai Fight Extreme, Oktagon, Fight Code, Taftnet Cup, the Muay thai Premier League or It's Showtime, when i see all those fightcards i see good fighters but the best is missing and that is me. For example i would like to fight with Artem Levin for his It's Showtime worldtitle, because i'am sure i can beat Artem. But i would fight him on any rules he wants: It's Showtime or Muay Thai rules, i don't mind.
Liverkick: I can only speak for myself, but a fight with Artem would be awesome. Anything else on your mind?
Youness: I would love to get the change to show the world my skills inside the ring, i bring spectacular fights. I will travel all the world i'am ready for everybody around -76kg no mather if it is Holzken, Yodsanklai or Levin.
Or what do you think about Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Youness El Mhassani and the winner takes it all, i am so confident that i would take the risk to end up with nothing. I am wondering if Giorgio will accept this offer and give me the change to fight with him on 72.5 kg. The winner takes it all, so it will be an interesting match for the promotors also. I have seen on the internet that they are searching somebody who wants to fight against Giorgio in Milan, well they can stop searching and contact Mousid Akhamrane to arrange the fight.
As i told you before i am still alive and i am ready for everybody, if you want to know more about me, follow me on twitter: @younessmatrix.
Thank you very much for this interview see you at mousidgym, ush!