The world’s premier kickboxing promotion Glory has announced the return of the legendary Badr Hari. Kickboxing has had quite a few real superstars in the sport, but perhaps none as big as “The Golden Boy”. Hari is largely known as the bad boy of kickboxing as he has been known to be short tempered and have some issues with unsportsmanlike conduct. But it’s his ability in-ring that made him a star in the sport; his assertive style has thrilled fans since he made his debut on the big stage in 2005.
The 41 year old Badr Hari is a four-time kickboxing champion and host a remarkable record of 106-12. It’s safe to say Hari is one of the most exhilarating kickboxers the sport has ever had with 93 of his wins coming by way of knockout. Badr Hari is on a five-fight win streak including a win over Peter Graham to become the GFC heavyweight tournament champion and a 2015 victory over Ismael Londt in his final bout before taking an indefinite leave from the sport. Over the course of his 16-year career Hari picked up wins over the sport’s biggest names including but not limited to Ray Sefo, Semmy Schilt, Alistair Overeem, Anderson Silva, and Peter Aerts.
Badr Hari is now expected to face Glory heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven in what will certainly be a highly anticipated contest. The fight is very compelling as Hari brings his aggressive style in against a great counter striker like Verhoeven. The 27 year old Dutch kickboxer won the Glory heavyweight title with a split decision victory over Peter Aerts and is currently on a four-fight win streak more recently defeating Mladen Brestovac by unanimous decision at Glory 28.
Rico Verhoeven is one of the most technical kickboxers you will see today. He does a great job of leaning out of the way of his opponents punches and countering with strikes of his own. He is also outstanding at getting on the inside to land his strikes, and then getting away to avoid the possibility of his opponent returning the favor. But there is nothing that can be done that Badr Hari hasn’t seen. Hari has perfected a style that proves difficult to beat despite facing the much younger, well studied Verhoeven.
Overall Badr Hari’s return to will have a tremendous impact on kickboxing, especially as it starts to make its presence felt again in the combat sports world again. His superfight with Glory heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven is a fascinating matchup. If you have not had the chance to watch Rico Verhoeven compete yet, he will first defend his title against long-time top heavyweight Anderson Silva at Glory 33 in Trenton, NJ on September 9. Badr Hari will be returning against Verhoeven should he win or lose his next tilt as the superfight scheduled to take place December in Germany is anticipated as one of the biggest kickboxing matches in years.
If you don’t know much about Badr Hari check out this highlight video to get you well acquainted with why he’s one of the most exciting kickboxers of all time.