Rico Verhoeven (born April 10, 1989) is a Dutch kickboxer world champion in the heavyweight category of the Glory World Series, international kickboxing promotion.
Rico Verhoeven was born in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands. He started learning martial arts at the age of five, starting with kyokushin (Japanese martial art). He was trained by his father, who was a black belt in karate. After switching to kickboxing, Rico Verhoeven started training at the age of seven and started competing against adults at the age of 16, due to his large size.
Verhoeven has participated in several competitions: K-1, It’s Showtime and Superkombat. Rico Verhoeven is currently [When?] Ranked # 1 in the heavyweight world by various promotions or organizations like LiverKick.com, Combat Pres and Glory.
The two kickboxers, the best in the world alongside Badr Hari, had previously faced each other in 2011 and 2017. The Moroccan won the first match while the Dutchman won the second.
Rico VERHOEVEN warms up with Hesdy GERGES at a press conference
During the press conference scheduled following his second fight with Bad Hari, the GLORY queen division champion Rico VERHOEVEN had the opportunity to exchange a few words with Hesdy Gerges who wanted to face him again.
During this conference Rico was cut by Hesdy GERGES who was present and who was probably taunted him about his performance, which was not the best of his career, against Badr HARI. The Dutchman did not take long to lose his calm and was quick to put GERGES back in his place …
As a reminder Rico and Hesdy have already fought together twice at Its’ SHOWTIME and SUPERKOMBAT, Rico had won each time by decision.
Finally, following the withdrawal of Jamal Ben Saddik who will not be able to fight this Saturday at Glory 77, it is indeed Hesdy Gerges who will have the opportunity to face Rico in the semi-finals of a planned 4-player tournament. during the event.
Three championship fights will be organized during Glory 77, Light heavyweights champion Artem Vakhitov will face Alex Pereira, Cedric Doumbé will put his welterweight belt on the line in a trilogy against Murthel Groenhart and super bantamweight champion Tiffany Van Soest will face Aline Pereira.
Find below the replay of the altercation in Rico Verhoeven and Hesdy Gerges.
Kickboxing: Jamal Ben Saddik cancels his fight against Rico Verhoeven
The title fight between Rico Verhoeven and Jamal Ben Saddik on January 30 is called off. The Moroccan-born kickboxer injured his back and announced he was retiring from the bout which had been named “The King vs The Goliath” by Glory.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that my fight of January 30 is called off. Due to a serious back injury, my medical team informed me that the risk of permanent damage to health is too high. Right now I feel extremely disappointed and sad but I am determined to come back even stronger. Yesterday, I already started my first treatment at the hospital. I am completely focused on my recovery. Finally, I want to thank my fans for their continued support. This fight will take place insha’Allah, ”he wrote on his Instagram account.
Ben Saddik will be unavailable for several months, according to the press release sent by the promotion. Meanwhile, Verhoeven will defend his heavyweight title in the GLORY 77 main event against another opponent, whose name is expected to be announced shortly.
Saddik first won the duel against Verhoven in 2011. Six years later, in 2017, the Dutchman had his revenge. Ben Saddik had spat in Verhoeven’s face during the staredown. Verhoeven later called Ben Saddik a “bad person”.
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