Video Interview – Remy Bonjasky: “Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven is a nice match but I don’t see it happening”

At GLORY 31 Amsterdam we spoke with Remy Bonjasky about some of the fights later on that evening and also about the possible upcoming fight between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven.

KP: Remy tonight we’re at GLORY 31 Amsterdam, which match are you looking forward to the most?

Remy: Uhm… Ismael Londt vs. Hesdy Gerges, I think this is going to be a nice match.

KP: Why?

Remy: Well they’re both from Holland, Hesdy from Amsterdam and Ismael from Rotterdam so there will be some rivalry amongst them. Both are in the Heavyweight division which is also my weight class, next to that they also have lots of talent so I’m really looking forward to it. I expect to see a nice knockout from one of the guys.

KP: Yeah, I hope so to haha. What do  you think about the Badr Hari vs. Rico Verhoeven match?

Remy: This would be an amazing match, I hope it’s actually going to happen but somehow I don’t think it is.

KP: Why not?

Remy: Yeah I don’t know, maybe because of the financial terms or maybe one of the two gets injured. I do hope this match takes place of course.

KP: Well, I just talked with Rico Verhoeven and he told us they’re well under way realizing this match. How do you think the fight is going to look like? Will it be Rico’s technique against Badr’s power or will Badr also show his technique a little more this time?

Remy: Well I’m actually more worried about Badr’s rhythm… Badr hasn’t fought for a while and his last fights weren’t that good in my opinion. Rico is in the shape of his life and fought consistent throughout the last couple of years. I think Rico is going to win this match but you never know a fight is a fight.

KP: How many times do you think a fighter has to fight in one year to stay in the right fighting rhythm?

Remy: In my opinion you have to fight 6 times at least. 4 fights will also be alright but definitely not less than 4 fights a year.

KP: How many times did you fought in a year, back in the days?

Remy: In the K-1 days we fought once every 2 months.

KP: Thanks for the interview Remy.

Remy: No problem man, see you later.



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