News: Hari Praises Former Trainer, Mix Fight Championship, Barke Announces Lethwei Debut

Badr Hari Praises Former Trainer

Former K-1 and current Glory heavyweight Badr Hari attended a presentation of a new book written about his former trainer Mike Passenier. The presentation was held Sunday in the Netherlands to publicize “Big Mike”, a biography written by Dutch journalist Wilson Boldewijn.

Hari credited Passenier for helping the two-time K-1 World Grand Prix runner-up achieve so much in the sport of kickboxing. Hari worked with Passenier for many years after he left the Chakuriki Gym.

“I can confirm that if I had not been to Mike I might not have been so good, he will remain my friend for life,” Hari said of Big Mike.

Hari officially announced his departure from Mike’s Gym in June, stating “outstanding accomplishments do not come from comfort zones.”

In July, he named the well-regarded Said El Badaoui as his new chief trainer.

The Moroccan is currently serving a 19-month suspension for a positive drug test after his March 2018 bout with Hesdy Gerges. He’ll be eligible to compete again in early December, and is already scheduled for a rematch with Glory Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven on 21 December in Arnhem, Netherlands. Verhoeven defeated Hari by second-round TKO due to an arm injury in December 2016.

Source: Vechtsport Info

Mix Fight Championship Announcement

Germany-based promotion Mix Fight Championship (formerly Mix Fight Gala) will hold its next event on 7 December at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt. The promotion made some fight announcements Sunday.

Two four-man tournaments are planned, including a -84 kg tournament featuring Sergej Braun vs Lukasz Plawecki and Juri De Soussa vs. Samir Al Mansouri as the semifinal bouts.

A heavyweight (+100 kg) tournament will feature semifinal contests involving James McSweeney vs Murat Aygun and Ismael Londt vs Enver Slijvar.

In a super fight, top German fighter Enriko Kehl meets Niclas Larsen, the Glory and Kunlun Fight veteran fighting out of Denmark.

Nicola Barke Announces Lethwei Debut

British kickboxer Nicola “The Burmese Python” Barke announced she’ll make her lethwei debut at the World Lethwei Championship: Fearless Tigers event being held on 4 October in Mandalay, Myanmar.

Barke is half-Burmese on her mother’s side, and wanted to test her fighting skills in the Burmese sport to honor her heritage. She’ll face Bianka Balajti in the co-main event.

Sometimes referred to as “The Kickboxing Banker” because of her day job in digital banking, Barke fights out of the Storm Gym in Luton under coach Amir Subasic. She’s a four-woman SFS tournament winner and also competed in China for EM Legend.

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