Originally Posted by Danm2501
His mum's dutch, his great Grandfather was King William III of the Netherlands and his Brother was born in Amersfoort, Alistair is Dutch. However, he was born in Hounslow, so I'm claiming him as English. We finally have a Heavyweight worth supporting
He is very loosely technically English I suppose, he was born in West Middlesex hospital Isleworth (London Borough of Hounslow) which is 5mins down the road from me.
Ethically he is half black Jamaican (father) and half white Dutch (mother), raised pretty much his whole life in Holland and all his skills and training have been aquired there.... he is much more of a Dutchman and certainly a Dutch fighter than he is English.
That being said I too enjoy the link, it's nice that he is 'from' my home town of Hounslow and I have been a fan of his since the days of Pride (first fight I watched him was against Chuck Liddell)
But you can't really claim him as English, after all Joe Calzaghe was technically born in Shepherds Bush/Hammersmith but he is very much a Welsh man, even an Italian before he would consider himself to be remotely English.