This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions in terms of combat sports. The World watched the changing of the guard in terms of heavyweight boxing. As Anthony Joshua knocked out one of the sports greatest champions in Wladimir Klitschko.
But there was some one else who hung up his gloves for the final time. A kickboxing legend who in many ways inspired many of my generation to don a pair of gloves and give it a go. He is Peter Aerts. Known to his fans around the world as the Dutch Lumberjack. At 46 years of age Aerts has been fighting professionally for over 30 years! And on 23th of April 2017, he signed off for one final time with a win over Nordine Mahieddine.
A multiple-time World champion in kickboxing and Muay Thai. For many, he will be most widely remembered for his exploits inside the K1 arena. A kickboxing promotion where the very best heavyweights in the world competed for the title of k1 champion. With a total of 3 K1 titles to his name and such memorable matches against fighters such as the late great Andy Hug.
Fellow kickboxing legend Ernesto Hoost. Geronimo Jerome Le Banner, Mike Bernardo, Mirko Cro Cop and so many more. It is a very sad day to see the final curtain coming down on the career of a true icon.
If you already haven’t, now is the time to get to know one of the greatest kickboxers to ever step inside the ring. His career may be over, but his fights and legacy will live on in infamy. Enjoy your retirement Peter Aerts, much love from a lifelong fan 🙂