We’re now just a day away from a contest that’s being called the biggest fight in kickboxing history. This fight will pit current Glory heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven against former K-1 heavyweight champion Badr Hari. The two heavyweight stars will take center stage in the main event of Glory: Collision in Oberhausen, Germany on Saturday night.
In advance of this massive kickboxing showdown, Verhoeven and Hari took to the scale to weigh in for battle. Following their weigh in, Verhoeven and Hari were faced off for the traditional stare down, and it got intense.
Over the course of this prolonged stare down, Verhoeven glared into his opponent’s eyes, stone-faced and unflinching, while Verhoeven breathed quickly and heavily like a crazed bull who wanted nothing more than to run his foe down. By the time they were separated, it seemed like a miracle that neither man had thrown a blow. A fired up Hari stormed out of the venue, while a confident Verhoeven assured the crowd “this is my motherf*ckin’ house!”
The fight will mark Hari’s first steps into the ring since August of 2015. He will enter this contest on a five-fight win-streak, having first decisioned Alexey Ignashov before scoring stoppages over Stefan Leko, Peter Graham, Arnold Oborotov, and Ismael Lodnt. He has not lost since a 2013 encounter with Zabit Samedov, who turned him off with a second-round left hook. His overall record stands at a ridiculous 106-12, with 94 of his knockouts coming by way of knockout.
Verhoeven, meanwhile, will enter the fight on an 5-fight streak. Over the course of his career, Verhoeven has defeated the likes of Sergei Kharitonov, Daniel Ghiță, Gökhan Saki, Peter Aerts, Errol Zimmerman, and most recently, Anderson “Braddock” Silva. He will enter his fight with Hari with an overall record of 49-10. Only 13 of his wins have come by way of knockout.
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