Verhoeven expect ‘war’ in kickboksgevecht against Lazaar


Verhoeven expect ‘war’ in kickboksgevecht against Lazaar

Rico Verhoeven is counting on that he Saturday night full of the bowl must be against Ismael Lazaar during the kickboksgala in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch. The Dutchman is looking forward to the confrontation with his fellow countryman, even though there is no world title on the game.

“His nickname is the Tank, so it is certainly going to war,” says Verhoeven Friday in front of the camera of NUsport.

“Lazaar is there not for nothing, Glory (the kickboksorganisatie where Verhoeven when connected, red.) put there, not just someone down. He has all the necessary big names defeated, it is certainly a formidable opponent.”

Both the Dutch are the reigning world champion in kickboxing at the heavyweights, only for different organizations. Because Lazaar makes its debut for Glory is on Saturday, still no world title on the game, but Verhoeven calls it “a superfight”. “I’m really looking forward to, after a year and a half we are back in the Netherlands.”


Verhoeven: “war against Lazaar’

Arm’s length

The battle between the two Dutchmen will be five rounds in duration. About his tactics against the of 1.82 metres long Lazaar is Verhoeven (1,96) clear.

“My arm length is longer than that from him, so before he me, I him have at least one hit. And then he needs me yet again to hit.”

“I think that I tactically one of the strongest fighters ben that there is” continued the world champion. “I am always concerned with how I do my opponent the best approach to take. Ismael is fit for his physically, but he will tire quickly.”

Staredown Verhoeven against Lazaar






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Badr Hari

The party against Lazaar is the first game of Verhoeven since he in december of Badr Hari won in the “kickboksgevecht of the century” in Oberhausen. Also there was no title on the game, but Verhoeven expects soon to be back officially to defend.

“There certainly is still a titelgevecht, there are in Glory, however, what is contenders. But I can now say.”

There is also a rematch between Verhoeven and Badr Hari planned. That would be the end of this year. Hari is in the meantime a prison sentence of seven months for the aggravated assault of businessman Koen Everink.

The kickboksgala in the Event starts on Saturday at 17.30 hours. The fight between Verhoeven and Lazaar will be much later start.

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