Badr Hari is set to make his ring return November 9th. Although I’m glad to hear he’s fighting again, it’s sort of surprising considering how much drama he has going on in his life. His case for assault is still pending. He undoubtedly has a tumultuous relationship with Estelle Gullit, and even reportedly got into an altercation with Dutch DJ Afrojack.
His opponent, Alexey Ignashov, is also intriguing. Ignashov may be considered one of the most talented underachievers in kickboxing history. Him and Badr Hari have a long history together. Ignashov soundly beat Hari when Hari was just getting into kickboxing and Ignashov was considered one of the best. In the rematch Hari dominated the babyfaced Belarussian, but was unable to knock him out.
Since then Badr Hari has gone on to achieve kickboxing greatness, and Alexey Ignashov has succumbed to his alcohol addiction, and been unable to put together great performances despite his natural talent.
But they both also have achieved one of the rarest achievements in kickboxing: knocking out Semmy Schilt, perhaps the greatest heavyweight kickboxer of all time.
Both fighters have greatly been struggling. Realistically, this fight should be a soft touch for Badr Hari, which is probably why it was booked. Even after losing to Zabit Samedov, Hari should be able to outwork Ignashov. If Hari does lose, his future as a top-level kickboxer doesn’t look too bright for him.