Former It’s Showtime Champion and longtime GLORY heavyweight contender Hesdy “Fighterheart” Gerges is putting the finishing touches on a book about his life to be released next year. Gerges updated his Instagram followers on the project’s status in a post earlier Thursday.
Entitled Fighterheart: Het Verhaal Van Hesdy Gerges (Fighterheart: The Life of Hesdy Gerges), the book is a collaboration between the fighter and author Frank van Gemert. The book is in “the final phase”, and its contents are based on “more than a year of intensive interviews.”
Gerges and others who are close to or have been close to the fighter will tell the fighter’s story. The book will talk about ” Youth, crime, martial arts, family.”
Known for his toughness, Gerges has had his share of battles both in and out of the ring.
In 2011, the fighter was arrested on suspicion of being involved in cocaine trafficking in Belgium. He was subsequently convicted, and sentenced to a prison sentence of more than four years. Gerges avoided incarceration after an appeal led to the prison term being converted into a suspended sentence.
After Gerges was convicted, GLORY Kickboxing severed ties with the fighter for violating the organization’s “code of conduct”.
He eventually returned to GLORY, and competed for the organization until March 2018, when he lost a decision to Badr Hari at GLORY 51. Gerges currently competes in mixed martial arts.
The Hari loss was eventually overturned and ruled a no contest after Hari accepted a 19-month suspension for a failed drug test.
Gerges also failed a doping test for the 2018 Hari bout but proclaimed his innocence. He refused to accept a reprimand for the alleged violation, and announced in June a judge determined doping use could not be proven, effectively clearing him of the allegations.
Gerges promises “everything will be readable” and “nothing will be left out” of the upcoming memoir. According to the fighter, the book will hit bookshops “before the summer of 2020.”
(Gerges post translated from Dutch)