Glory Heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven has a chance to assert himself as the “Prince of Kickboxing” in what will be the biggest fight of his career.
Verhoeven, will step into the ring against kickboxing legend and multiple-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion Peter Aerts at Glory 13 in Tokyo, Japan. I am not going to lie; thinking about one of the greatest kickboxers of all time facing one of the sport’s up-and-comers gives me chills.
The Prince recently captured the Glory Heavyweight World Heavyweight Championship tournament back in October, which also made him the Glory Heavyweight Champion. He is currently on a four-fight winning streak that includes victories over Errol Zimmerman, Gökhan Saki and Daniel Ghiță.
Meanwhile Aerts, who has accumulated over 100 victories in his career, recently snapped a two-fight losing streak when he Jamal Ben Saddik back at Glory 8 in May.
There is another reason that this fight is significant. Several reports have noted that Aerts will retire from competition after this fight whether he wins or loses. I think it is great on Glory’s part to allow Aerts to have his last fight in Japan, where he really became a star and had several great moments in his career.
This is also a chance for Aerts to metaphorically pass the torch to Verhoeven, who is becoming a rising star in the world of kickboxing.
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