Boxing champion fights a kickboxing champion – gets brutal
This kickboxing fight from 2009 featured two champions from different combat sports as you have a decorated boxing champion fighting one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers of all time, Peter Aerts.
The boxing champion is named Yōsuke Nishijima who hails from Japan and has a 24-2-1 record as a professional. As a pro, he also won the WBO NABO cruiserweight title, the OPBF cruiserweight title as well as the World Boxing Federation Cruiserweight title.
Peter Aerts, also known by his moniker of ‘Mr. K1’, has an amazing kickboxing record of 106-34-2. That’s a total of 142 professional fights! In his legendary kickboxing career, he also reached the pinnacle of his sport multiple times – winning the K1 Grand Prix championship a total of 3 times.
While the boxer, Nishijima, performed decently here, Peter Aerts was just way too much for him. The low kicks of Aerts are the story of this bout and though Nishijima showed a lot of toughness early on, there are only so many of them you can take.
The boxer, Nishijima, finally succumbs to the abuse at 1:24 of the third round.
ABOUT PETER AERTS:
Peter Aerts (born October 25, 1970) is a Dutch semi-retired super heavyweight kickboxer. Known for his devastating high kicks, which earned him the nickname “The Dutch Lumberjack”, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers ever. Born in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Aerts began training in Muay Thai and kickboxing at the age of fourteen. He won his first world title when he was nineteen years old in 1990, taking the International Kick Boxing Federation’s Heavyweight Championship. He would also add the Dutch heavyweight title the World Muay Thai Association’s heavyweight title to his mantlepiece before going on to compete in the K-1 organization in Japan. He has competed in every K-1 World Grand Prix except one (2009), which has led to him being referred to as “Mr. K-1”. [Source: Wiki]