Hesdy Gerges is a Dutch kickboxer of
Egyptian descent, fighting out of the Vos Gym in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He
held the It’s Showtime World Heavyweight title until January 28, 2012. Gerges has
competed in the K-1, It’s Showtime and SUPERKOMBAT promotions and is currently
signed to GLORY. As of 15 August 2015, he is ranked the #7 heavyweight in the
world by LiverKick.com. Biography and career
Born in the Netherlands, he began training in kickboxing in 2001. He
joined the Chakuriki Gym and trained under Thom Harinck who has also trained
Badr Hari. Gerges was a notorious delinquent outside of the ring who,
according to Harinck, was even worse than Badr Hari.
On October 17, 2009 at Ultimate Glory 11: A Decade of Fights in Amsterdam he
defeated Ruslan Karaev by unanimous decision.
On May 29, 2010 at It’s Showtime 2010 Amsterdam he won the It’s Showtime
Heavyweight title after being fouled by Badr Hari.
On October 2 Gerges was a fan voted fighter to fight at the K-1 Final 16 in
Seoul, South Korea. He fought four-time and current champion Semmy Schilt.
Although fighting very well in the 1st and 3rd round against the much favored
Schilt Gerges lost by Majority decision. Because he was only two points away from
a draw and had battered the legs of Schilt like no other fighter had ever
managed to do before he was chosen to fight at the finals on December 11, 2010
in a reserve fight against Yusuke Fujimoto. This was Fujimoto’s retirement
match and Gerges won by TKO. However in 2011 Gerges was not over
impressive in his performances, despite going 2-1 by beating Daniel Ghiță and
Chris Knowles. He lost to Rico Verhoeven by a narrow split decision in a
superfight at the SUPERKOMBAT Fight Club.
On January 28, 2012 he lost to Ghiță in the rematch, by first round knockout. As
a result he lost his Showtime Heavyweight Title.
He faced Sergei Lascenko at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Tokyo Final 16
on October 14, 2012. He was able to block the majority of Lascenko’s punches
while battering the Ukrainian with low kicks, and took the unanimous decision
victory. He faced Carter Williams in a
non-tournament bout at the SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix 2012 Final in
Bucharest, Romania on December 22, 2012 and won by a third round knockout.
At the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final on March 15, 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia, he
faced Ismael Londt in the quarter-finals and bowed out from a broken nose in
round three after receiving a flying knee from Londt.
He defeated Pavel Zhuravlev by unanimous decision at Final Fight Championship 6
in Poreč, Croatia on June 14, 2013. He joined Glory in July 2013.
He lost to Errol Zimmerman by third round TKO in the tournament reserve
match at Glory 11: Chicago – Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman
Estates, Illinois, United States on October 12, 2013.
He defeated Ewerton Teixeira by unanimous decision at Glory 13: Tokyo –
Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December
21, 2013. He defeated Jhonata Diniz via second
round TKO at Glory 15: Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey on April 12, 2014.
Gerges won via disqualification when he was attacked while downed by Jamal Ben
Saddik just seconds into their bout at Qabala Fight Series #1 in Qabala,
Azerbaijan on June 29, 2014. Personal life
Gerges is an ethnic Egyptian and Coptic Christian.
=Arrest=On February 15, 2011, Hesdy Gerges was
arrested in Amsterdam under suspicion of being part of a drug deal involving 128
kg of cocaine. His half brother was arrested May 2010
in a warehouse in Belgium that contained 128 kilos of cocaine. Hesdy was already
out of the picture in the investigation of 2010, but for some reason the
investigation had stalled and he was put back in the picture on February 15,
2011. There was no cocaine or any weapons found in Hesdy residence. His
trainer, Thom Harinck spoke with the Dutch Metro News on February 21, and
outright said, “Hesdy has been framed. He wakes up at 7:30, at 10:00am he
trains with me, rests in the afternoon, then in the evening does strength and
conditioning and is in bed by 10:00 PM. I cannot imagine that he still would
have time for things like this.” On February 25, 2011, Hesdy Gerges was
released from Belgium police. At the beginning of May 2011, Hesdy was
extradited to Belgium to be dealt with as the Belgian authorities suspected
that the trafficking ring was going through Belgium. On May 13, 2011, Hesdy
was released again and stays with his claim that he is 100% innocent.” Gerges
sentenced to 54 months in prison following cocaine conviction
2015 Kunlun Fight Super Heavyweight tournament runner up
2010 It’s Showtime World Heavyweight champion +95 kg
2009 World Full Contact Association super heavyweight world champion +95 kg
2009 V.I.P. Fight Night tournament runner up
2008 W.F.C.A. European champion 2008 W.F.C.A. Benelux champion
2007 W.F.C.A. Thai-boxing super heavyweight Dutch champion +95 kg
Kickboxing record See also
List of male kickboxers References
External links Chakuriki profile
Profile at Glory