Happy Birthday to Daniel “The Savage Samurai” Ghita.
The Romanian kickboxing superstar turned 38 Monday.
It may seem like longer, but it’s been ten years since the former presidential bodyguard exploded onto the world kickboxing stage, defeating John Love, Yuki Nimura, and the late Sergei Lascenko to win a K-1 World GP qualifier.
Ghita defeated all three opponents by first-round stoppage, and the devastating manner in which he won those contests established him as a fighter to watch.
Ghita went on to win the It’s Showtime Heavyweight Title, and was an elite heavyweight with the GLORY organization before he took a hiatus from the sport in 2014. He returned last October, and has defeated fellow veterans Dzevad Poturak and Petr Vondracek via first-round stoppage during his comeback.
Fans from across the globe wished the former champion well on social media today, and the fighter thanked his supporters for their well wishes.
“I can’t answer all the wishes! There are many messages…Thank you from heart! ❤ I appreciate everything you write to me,” Ghita wrote on Facebook (translated).
Ghita also took the opportunity to take a dig at Romanian rival Benjamin Adegbuyi. The two fighters have exchanged words on social media, and Ghita has been critical of Adegbuyi’s performance in the GLORY 62 heavyweight tournament last December.
Referring to Adegbuyi as a “Wolf Without Fangs”, Ghita said he can beat Adegbuyi without using two hands.
“At 38 I feel strong, stronger than the “Wolf without fangs”, the 34-Year-old boy. For Him I only need one hand and one foot! If Jamal hits with one hand, broken, TKO I will use the left hook and feet! Old but no fear! I love you and thank you for always being there! ❤🙏,” he said. (translated)