Badr Hari Accepts Suspension for Use of “Prohibited Substances”

Badr Hari Accepts Suspension for Use of “Prohibited Substances” as reported BY NOS earlier today, following on from previous reports that GLORY Kickboxing wanted to, or, were trying to terminate the doping authority’s contract in the Netherlands; after it emerged other fighters including, Malden Brestovic and Hesdy Gerges were reported to have failed doping tests for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

However, this isn’t simply a heavyweight kickboxing problem, is it?

Recent doping cases in MMA with UFC champions, TJ Dillashaw and Jon Jones; as well as most recently with pro heavyweight boxer and former GLORY kickboxer, Jarrell Millar who, was set to fight Anthony Joshua in six weeks, has also failed well publicised doping tests.

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Badr Hari on defeating Hesdy Gerges at GLORY 51: “I don’t lose rematches.”

A much anticipated rematch, almost eight years in the making, was finally settled by Badr Hari who, secured an unanimous decision victory over, Hesdy Gerges last night at the Ahoy Rotterdam. The result was a reasonably good return after 15 months of inactivity and reinforced Badr’s post-fight comment of, “I don’t lose rematches”, after winning the GLORY 51 headliner.

Speaking to GLORY commentator, Todd Grisham afterwards, Hari opened-up about about: his successful return to kickboxing; what it means to be part of GLORY moving forward in his career; his own post-fight analysis; and that potential rematch with Rico Verhoeven was discussed too.

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Badr attacks Hesdy’s body | Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International

“This is a fight we’ve been waiting for a long time. I was burned like a lot of people know. Like, I don’t lose rematches my friend. I’m 9-1 in all the fighters I fight for the second time. If you give me a second chance I beat you up.”

“But let me say, Hesdy did a good job. He’s one of the toughest fighters walking around in GLORY. He’s no easy guy. He had a big heart but tonight my heart was bigger.  So, you win some and you lose some but I respect him a lot and I’m happy.”

“We’ve been waiting for this fight for like eight years when we we’re youngsters and we came back. I came back in shape. He came back a little big heavy but he did a good job.”

“I wanna thank GLORY for giving me the opportunity to be back and to be part of a family and I think this is the best fighting sport in the world.”

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Hari teeps Gerges to the body | Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International

“You know, I like boxing but I like GLORY more. I like MMA but I like GLORY more. I think we’re the number one fighting sport in the business. So, there’s another rematch coming up I think.”

“I don’t know a lot of fighters who knocked Hesdy out, there are a couple but he’s a very tough guy. But the main goal like I said, in the interviews, I wanna take off some ring rust. You know, I didn’t been in the ring for a couple of times. So, I needed these rounds – I wanna make three rounds – and this guy; I know he’s a good guy but before he really annoyed me. It was like I’ve got to make him quit and it would only make me hungry.”

“Mousidi, his trainer knows me very well. I’m a tough kid. I’m from the streets. I don’t take shit and I don’t take shit and I don’t give up. If I give up its because I cannot fight.”

“But today I gassed him out. He was tired, I saw it in him, he didn’t train hard enough for me.”

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Badr counters Hesdy’s outside low kick | Photo credit: James Law/Glory Sports International

When asked about a certain promise he’d made to Rico Verhoeven of, rematching and knocking out the GLORY heavyweight champion, after his second round TKO (arm injury) defeat at GLORY Collision, Badr responded: “I don’t have to give him a message. The fight was a message.”

“You know, people always concerned about my condition and about my physique. I think today I showed everybody, nothing wrong with my condition. Nothing wrong with my physique; I took off my weight.”

Badr had surprised everyone at the weigh-ins (the day before), weighing-in at 101.8kg which, was approximately 13kg lighter compared to, his previous fight against Verhoeven in December 2016. This leaner, meaner looking version of Hari is reminiscent of his younger and more threatening self for his heavyweight rivals. Who or what’s next for Badr will be certainly be interesting to see, especially if its another grudge match with another adversary from the past.

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Badr Hari vs. Hesdy Gerges rematch headlines GLORY 51 Rotterdam

Badr Hari vs. Hesdy Gerges will headline GLORY 51 Rotterdam as announced earlier this morning in a much anticipated rematch. The two heavyweight rivals had previously fought each other at It’s Showtime 2010 Amsterdam but Hari would be disqualified for shin-kicking Gerges in the head whilst he was on the canvas.

“The Golden Boy” and Gerges were once coached by legendary Dutch kickboxing coach, Thom Harinck at the Chakuriki Gym, only for Badr Hari and Harinck to have fallen-out very badly. Badr opened-up about this in the past when interviewed by Michael Schiavello and admitted that the bitter resentment he had towards his former trainer at the time, was what fuelled his disqualifying actions against Gerges when they previously clashed.

Nevertheless, the announcement this morning will undoubtedly have world kickboxing fans hyped-up following on from, a very successful year end event at Glory Redemption: Rico vs. Jamal which, was also at the Ahoy Rotterdam, where GLORY 51: Badr vs. Hesdy will also take place on March 3, 2018.

Gerges was very quick to call-out Badr for a rematch on social media after it had been announced at GLORY 49 SuperFight Series that Hari had signed a multiple-fight contract with GLORY; and despite coming off a very bad head kick KO to, Mladen Brestovac at GLORY 45 Amsterdam, fortunate would seem to favour Gerges than Brestovac, in returning to action in a very high profile fight against the biggest star in kickboxing.

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Badr Hari set to fight in Amsterdam, shortlist of opponents & Rico vs. Badr 2 update

Badr Hari signed a multiple fight contract it was announced last night at Glory 49 SuperFight Series with GLORY Kickboxing dropping an epic video trailer to break the news prior-to, Glory: Redemption commencing at, the Ahoy Rotterdam. However, GLORY CEO, Jon Franklin confirmed to K1ANOOP that GLORY Kickboxing are confident of arranging for, Badr Hari to fight again in Amsterdam in 2018 (video below).

Glory: Redemption was headlined by a successful title defence for GLORY heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven with, an emphatic fifth round KO of, Jamal Ben Saddik in what was a much anticipated rematch from six years; Saddik had previously stopped Verhoeven six years ago. Rico would redeem himself in a thrilling year end event for the promotion which, was capped-off with the signing of kickboxing’s “Golden Boy”, Badr Hari.

The rematch between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari is still (and has been) a top priory for GLORY as Jon Franklin mentioned when speaking after Glory Redemption but where and when are some of the key questions:

“Do we take him back to Amsterdam for a major event with Rico? Does he fight somebody first? Like I said that would be up-to Team Badr Hari.”


Hari’s return fight for GLORY will be on March 3, 2017 at the Ahoy Rotterdam with strong rumours circulating that heavyweight rival, Benjamin Adegbuyi is on the short-list of potential opponents along with, three-time K-1 champion, Remy Bonjasky; Enfusion two-weight champion, Luis Tavares; Patrice Quateron; Hesdy Gerges; and Daniel Ghita.

K1ANOOP will report again as the situation develops further.

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Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuck LIVE stream – How to Watch GLORY 45 Amsterdam

Robin van Roosmalen will defend his GLORY featherweight title against, Serhiy Adamchuck tonight in the headline bout of, GLORY 45 Amsterdam. 

How to watch GLORY 45 Amsterdam: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuck LIVE online

Coverage of today’s GLORY 45 Amsterdam main event and fight card can be watched online via Pay Per View (PPV) on http://glory.inplayer.com/ and will commence from 2130 CEST / 2030 BST.

Free Sports will be broadcasting GLORY 45 Amsterdam 

Fight fans with access to UK digital TV channel, Free Sports, “dedicated to bringing free sport back to 22 million UK homes”; will be able to watch the main event fight card from 2030 BST on the following:

Sky: Channel 424

TalkTalk TV: Channel 95

BT: Channel 95

Freesat: Channel 252

GLORY 45 SuperFight Series will be broadcasted by UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Pass will be streaming live the, GLORY 45 SuperFight Series, headlined by, Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui from, 1900 CEST / 1800 BST. 

Click here for the GLORY 45 Amsterdam main event fight card matchups; And, find out more about the GLORY 45 SuperFight Series fight card too. 

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GLORY 45 video: Thom Harinck on Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac, GLORY scoring, & coaching

Legendary Dutch Kickboxing coach, Thom Harinck previews, Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac which, headlines the GLORY 45 SuperFight Series fight card on September 30, 2017 in Amsterdam. Harinck who, now only coaches Hesdy Gerges and no other fighters, spoke openly about the evolving nature of coaching so many world class fighters over the decades.

GLORY 45 video: Thom Harinck on Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac, GLORY scoring, & coaching.

As well as Robin van Roosmalen‘s development from, early childhood to becoming GLORY Kickboxing‘s first two-weight champion; and much more including, van Roosmalen defending his GLORY featherweight title against, Serhiy Adamchuck in the headline bout of, GLORY 45 Amsterdam.

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Complete GLORY 45 SuperFight Series card announced: Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac to headline

The entire GLORY 45 SuperFight Series main card was announced earlier today and will be headlined by, Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac at the Sporthallen Zuid, Amsterdam on September 30, 2017.

Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui will now co-headline the event which, is now finalised by, the pair of top 10 ranked GLORY heavyweights; Gerges (50-18-1) is coming off a recent victory over Tomas Hron at GLORY 41 Den Bosch. Whilst Brestovac (53-12-1) was last seen in a GLORY ring being dominated by, Benjamin Adegbuyi in the 4-man contender tournament final at  GLORY 35 Nice.

Below is the entire card and bout order that will precede the full fight card (announced today) for, GLORY 45 Amsterdam which, is headlined by, Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk.

GLORY 45 SuperFight Series – Fight card:

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac

Middleweight Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui

Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Massaro Glunder

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai

Welterweight Bout: Eyevan Danenberg vs. Wellington Uega