Bad luck struck Badr Hari again. The Dutch-Moroccan lost again to Rico Verhoeven in their rematch at Glory Collision 2 due to an ankle injury. A third fight in 2020 is not to be excluded.
Three and a half years after the first fight that had been stopped due to Badr Hari’s elbow injury. This time the Moroccan and his rival Rico Verhoeven saw their fight come to another premature end in the third round.
Badr Hari, supported by 25.000 spectators of the boiling Gelredome in Arnhem, dominated Rico Verhoerven after having knocked him down in the first round. With his eyebrow arch bleeding, the Dutchman tried to get back into the fight in the second round and managed to land a few punches, but Hari held on.
In the third round, the Moroccan champion tried to kick his opponent in the face, but his ankle seemed to get stuck in Rico Verhoeven’s arm. The fight was totally turned upside down and Hari, who could not get up again, was forced to withdraw.
The 35-year-old Moroccan then let all his frustration spill over into several cries of distress. The man with 106 victories will finally be consoled by the evening’s winner, Rico Verhoeven, who said the “fight is not over yet”, suggesting that a Glory Collison 3 could take place in 2020.
Badr Hari won 106 of the 120 fights, 92 of which were KOs, while Rico Verhoeven won 56 of the 66 fights, 16 of which were KOs.