Two of Denmark’s top fighters will collide on 3 November as Niclas Larsen and Youssef Assouik do battle at the “Honour of the Ring” event in the city of Aarhus. The bout will be contested for the Honour of the Ring title, currently held by Assouik.
Larsen is one of the sport’s great comeback stories. He was diagnosed with a serious staph infection a few years ago, and not only was his career in jeopardy but there was danger of his legs being amputated. The fighter battled back and returned to the ring after a lengthy layoff. The Glory veteran recently competed in the Kunlun Fight 70 kg tournament, winning a qualifying group before losing a unanimous decision to Marouan Toutouh in the Final 16 in August.
Assouik, also a Glory veteran, defeated tough Spaniard Jose Bello on points at Enfusion Talents 50 in May. He recently defeated Rustam Bazarov in the Tatneft Cup tournament in Russia. Youssef is known for an exciting style, and the fight with Larsen should determine who’s the top 70 kg talent in Denmark.
“My thoughts about the fighters and the event is that I’ll show Denmark more about Kick and Thai boxing. I’ll show everybody in Denmark and all around the world that we got a lot of good fighters,” said Adnan Faraj, President of Honour of the Ring.
“A lot of people who have a passion for kick boxing in Denmark and Europe can get together and enjoy a good evening with some interesting fights,” he said.
In addition to the main event, there’s also a four man tournament scheduled under K-1 rules in the 75 kg weight category.
“At Honour Of The Ring, we try to give everybody a chance to show what they love and they train hard for. We appreciate all the effort they give in the sport. Honour Of The Ring is (our) own concept with our own belt and titles, and it’s a professional event. We hope it’ll grow really big someday, where we maybe can arrange Honour Of The Ring in other countries,” said Faraj.