Richardson: “The Golden Boy” Badr Hari possibly the next Pacquiao in the Heavyweight division?
By Daniel Echevarria: For those not in the loop of the K-1 sport aka the Japanese Kick Boxing World , it lost two bright stars from the Netherlands in 2011 which were Alistair Overeem the new UFC Heavyweight Champion and none other than “ The Golden Boy” aka “The Bad Boy” Badr Hari.
World Class trainer Naseem Richardson the trainer for hall of fame fighters such as Bernard Hopkins and “Sugar Shane Mosley” has taken the K-1 Heavy Weight Champion Badr Hari under his wing with one ultimate goal he says “The Klitschkos”. Badr Hari was born December 8, 1984 in Amsterdam Netherlands standing 6Ft 5 1/2inches tall and 231.5 pounds, Hari is of Moroccan & Dutch decent and is also a former K-1 Heavyweight Champion 2007-2008 and a K-1 World Grand Prix Finalist.
As of May 2011 “The Golden Boy” was ranked the # 2 best Kick Boxing Heavy weight in the world and considered the most dangerous fighter in the Japanese K-1 division because of his lightning fast speed and devastating K.O. power even against larger opponents, Hari has been compared to a mix between Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson and in my opinion just as COCKY as Floyd Mayweather which is why he has been labeled “The Bad Boy” of the K-1 sport.
One of Hari’s most notable fights was a rematch with the current UFC Champion Alistair Overeem in which he told Overeem face to face “You will not last 3 minutes with me in a K-1 ring under K-1 rules” which he did prove in outstanding fashion against the much bigger Alistair Overeem in the first round by landing hard punch combinations to the body and a perfectly timed right hook to the chin that dropped the giant Overeem and finally an explosive kick to the face right after that sent the UFC champ flying back to the turnbuckle which sealed the deal for the win which had commentators and the audience alike screaming in excitement and on their feet in astonishment.
Back in September of 2011 Badr Hari made the announcement that he would be exiting K-1 Kick Boxing for a Pro boxing career with Naseem Richardson a world class trainer in the United States overseeing his training and career which was his (Hari) true desire from the beginning of his career. Naseem Richardson was quoted according to Fight Hype & Bloody Elbow.com saying “What won me over is he (Hari) said, “I don’t want to be top 10. I want to be the f***ing best.” He has the right mentality to do this s*** right here Richardson said. Richardson went on to say.” I remember when me and Freddie Roach was working together and Freddie told me when Manny Pacquiao walked through the door at Wild Card Gym, he said to himself, “That’s who I built this gym for.”Badr Hari could be that type of kid”.
Boxing Fans in my humble opinion the heavy weight division hasn’t been exciting since Mike Tyson and Don King and I encourage all of you to go to your favorite video sites like YOUTUBE and watch the highlights of “The Golden Boy” Badr Hari because the pro boxing heavy weight division is dull right now and can definitely use the excitement of someone fresh and exciting and new in 2012 to the Pro Boxing Heavy weight division.
If some of you reading believe it is so farfetched for a kick boxer to be a champion in pro boxing let me remind you of this! Originally Vitali Kltschko of the “Klitschko Brothers” was an amateur kick boxer before a pro-boxer and retired as recent as 1996, in 1992 he was knocked out in the finals of the European Kickboxing Championships then in 1993 and in 1994 he won and retained his ISKA World Super Heavyweight Kick boxing title and then by 1996 Vitali retired from kick boxing and turned to Pro Boxing and now has a record of 43-2 with an 88.89% K.O. rate and the best K.O. to fight ratio of any champion in heavy weight boxing history and has never been knocked down in any professional bout and the current WBC Champion twice.
So that being said time will tell if the new Golden Boy Badr Hari will have the same success in Pro Boxing as he clearly had in K-1 Kick Boxing under the care and training of World class trainer Naseem Richardson and if the Klitschkos stick around they themselves may be in big trouble from “The Moroccan Menace” himself that is Badr Hari.
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