Posted by Dave Walsh on October 3rd, 2009
Recently I spoke with Bas Boon of European fight powerhouse Golden Glory. Golden Glory, if you aren’t familiar, is a camp that is home to the likes of Alistair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Ruslan Karaev, Gokhan Saki, Errol Zimmerman and, well, you get the picture. Bas Boon is one of the G.G. managers, and has in the past dealt with the likes of Fedor and Aleks Emelianenko, helping Vadim Finkelstein and Apy Echteld of M-1 with contract negotiations, training and general booking throughout Europe.
It was a simple question about some recent comments he had made about Appy and Vadim being “mobsters” that has sort of sparked some interest in the past few months about Fedor’s management. Fedor, a man who left his previous management after he felt he was being mismanaged, does not seem like the type of guy who would move from one corrupt camp to another. But from everybody I’ve spoken to about Bas Boon and M-1, Bas might exaggerate some things, but has been noted as a stand-up guy who takes nothing from anybody and will tell it how it is. Here are some of the juicy bits.
I posted an article on a Dutch forum, people were making excuses why Alistair was not fighting in the USA, believe me we really wanted this fight it would have been perfect in our schedule like we planned it for 2009, NYE Japan , March Japan, April/May or August Strikeforce and then back to Japan. Then the 50 ct incident came, some people were saying on the Dutch forum all kinds of excuses why Alistair would not come to the US. The reality was that Alistair ended up in the hospital after his brawl and in detention and had a very serious infection in his hand. On the forum in Holland people from M-1 were thrashing Alistair and telling how good M-1 was doing their business.
Then I made a comment on this saying that every organisation Fedor fought in went bad and that Fedor was not fighting much and that Appy and Vadim still have unfinished business with the management of G.G., because they got Fedor through Golden Glory and we made a legal deal about this.
Then some clown (I imagine that it was somebody from the camp of Simon Rutz as Appy was caught on tape, hiring killers from Russia to blow away the whole European Fighting Network Office from Simon Rutz, which there is an official police report!) [I can't find this anywhere, sadly] translated the part what I said on his forum (out of context – why I said it, the thread on the forum says I made excuses for Alistair not fighting in the States) and then the person who made the translation made it look like I made an official statement. The translated piece went also to a forum called www.valetudo.ru
Then a chain reaction came, which caused Appy [Apy Echteld, member of M-1 management] to call me, he told me call Vadim becuase the Russians this and that!) you have to because big problems blah blah. I called Vadim and told him what happened, I told him, I would write him by mail: my version of the story and what still was bothering me. I did this, but then Vadim just translated a small part on his M-1 forum and the title on his article said Bas Boon made excuses to Vadim?