While much of the kickboxing media is focusing on Badr Hari’s return to the ring at Glory 51, a true kickboxing legend is also coming back to the sport. Andy Souwer headlines Enfusion’s 5th Anniversary show February 17 in Eindhoven. The K-1 Max legend faces Tayfun “The Turkish Turbine” Ozcan.
Souwer, 35, last competed in a true kickboxing match almost two years ago, when he defeated Mohamed Khamal by decision in a thrilling bout at a World Fighting League event in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. Souwer mainly focused on MMA after beating Khamal, and competed in some Rizin events where he went 0-3. He also won an MMA bout against fellow kickboxer Massaro Glunder by submission during his hiatus, and returned to Shootboxing, a promotion that allows standing submissions along with feet and knee strikes and punching. Souwer previously won S-Cup titles in 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2012.
While he is in camp for the fight with Ozcan, Souwer is also promoting the Super Seminar World Series. Souwer, along with Dutch MMA pioneer Bas Rutten and UFC legend Jose Aldo, are taking part in a weekend of martial arts instructional seminars to take place March 23-25, 2018 in New York.
There are few active fighters as accomplished as Souwer. Souwer won K-1 Max titles in 2005 and 2007, when he broke the hearts of many Japanese fans by beating Japanese superstar Masato. Souwer, 35, has also won titles in various promotions and sanctioning bodies, such as It’s Showtime and the ISKA.
Ozcan is no pushover. The Dutch-Turkish fighter has won some Enfusion tournaments, and holds wins over Glory veteran Davit Kiria and Giga Chikadze, as well as Enfusion standouts Nordin Ben Moh and Mohammed Jaraya.
It’s always special to see legends compete, and it will be interesting to see how Souwer fares against Ozcan after nearly two years away from the ring. Welcome back Andy Souwer!