Nickname: The Golden Boy, The Snake, Bad Boy
Nationality: Dutch, Morrocan
Date of birth: December 8, 1984 (age 23)
Place of birth: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height: 6'5" (1.97 m)
Weight: 223lbs (101 kg)
Style: Kickboxing,Muay Thai
Years active: 8 (2000-present)
By knockout: 56
By knockout: 5
By submission: 1
Badr "The Golden Boy" Hari is a Dutch-Moroccan Heavyweight kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter.
On April 28, at K-1 World GP 2007 in Hawaii, Badr Hari was crowned the first K-1 World Heavyweight Champion winning his title by high kick KO at 0'56" in 1st round over Yusuke Fujimoto from Japan.
Badr Hari began to practice kickboxing at the age of seven under the guidance of former World Champion Mousid Akamrane. As a teenager he trained under Mohammed Ait Hassou at the Sitan Gym. When the Sitan Gym moved location from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, Badr switched over to the world famous Chakuriki Gym with Thom Harinck. Under Harinck, Hari developed himself as one of the greatest talents of the Netherlands; Harinck even stated that "Hari had more talent than Peter Aerts and Branko Cikatic together".
Hari suffered only one loss while under Harinck's care. In 2003 he replaced Melvin Manhoef in a fight against Alexei Ignashov, with only a few days notice. Hari, who was outweighed by more than 18 kg did fairly well but was knocked out within the third round by a punch to the solar plexus.
Notable victories by Hari around that time came against such fighter as, Errol Paris, Antoni Hardonk, Aziz Katthou and Gary Turner. In January 2005, Hari left the Chakuriki Gym to sign a contract with promoter Simon Rutz. He began fighting in the It's Showtime team. After a few months of training at Amsterdam's famous Mejiro Gym he returned to Thom Harinck, but left him again only a few weeks later. Badr Hari is currently coached by Mike Passenier of Mike's Gym who also currently trains Joeri "The Shark" Mes, Bjorn "The Rock" Bregy and Melvin Manhoef.
Hari, who is infamous for his slow entrances onto the ring as well as for his big mouth, was matched up against Stefan Leko for the It's Showtime event later that year. At the time, Leko was on a dead track, losing all his fights under MMA rules with the PRIDE organization. For Hari it was a big opportunity to show his strength against a K-1 veteran, and try to make it into the restricted K-1 circuit. The former K-1 superstar Leko also saw an opportunity to make his K-1 comeback.
Before the Leko fight started, Hari irritated his opponent with his trademark entrance which lasted longer than the fight itself. After an aggressive start, Badr Hari was winded by a spinning back kick to the liver, Stefan Leko also looked to be spitting on Hari after the fight was over while Hari was on the floor.
That same year, Hari got his chance for revenge. Manager Simon Rutz made a deal with K-1 for him to fight at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 as a reserve fighter against Stefan Leko. Hari didn't appear to have lost his confidence and ultimately got his revenge by knocking Leko out with a high spinning back kick to the jaw.
While being scheduled for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Holland on May 13, 2006, Hari was a last minute replacement to participate in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in New Zealand. His opponent in the first round was Australian Peter "The Chief" Graham. During the press-conference, Hari once again showed his bad-boy image by mocking and insulting Graham and later on starting a brawl. The next day Graham answered this lack of respect with a spectacular knockout. In the last ticking seconds of the final round, Graham caught Hari with his trademark, the "Rolling Thunder", which is a mix between a spinning back kick and a flip kick. Graham's kick broke Hari's jaw in multiple places.
Badr Hari was offered a wild card spot in the K-1 World GP Final Elimination 2006 against a young Russian kickboxer, Ruslan Karaev. He lost the fight in Round 1 by KO in what has been deemed a controversial fight. Hari appeared to play out what he thought was an illegal hit from Karaev and got up slowly from a knockdown. The referee did not agree and counted Hari out. After the fight, Hari lost control and started to throw insults at Karaev. When he was escorted backstage, Hari immediately trashed his dressing room.
He fought in a reserve fight at the K-1 World GP 2006 Finals, at the Tokyo Dome, against Paul Slowinski and won the fight by unanimous decision.
Badr Hari got his revenge on Ruslan Karaev in surprising fashion at the 2007 WGP in Yokohama, Japan. After Hari was knocked down and recieved an eight count, Karaev came forward with the intention of ending the fight. However, Hari managed to avoid his initial punch and knocked Karaev out with a left hook to the jaw. This victory qualified him for a K-1 World Title fight later that year, which he won against Yusuke Fujimoto. Badr went on to fight again at the K-1 World GP 2007 in Hong Kong. In a rematch with Peter Graham, Hari won on points in the final round.
At the K-1 World GP 2007 Final Elimination, Hari beat Doug Viney by a second round KO and qualified for his first K-1 World GP Final. Viney was the K-1 World GP 2007 in Las Vegas tournament champion. Hari's winning streak was snapped in a decision loss to Remy Bonjasky, during the 2007 quarter finals.
Hari's first fight in 2008 was at K-1 World GP 2008 in Yokohama against New Zealand veteran Ray Sefo. He won the bout by KO via knee strikes in the first round.
Current K-1 Heavyweight champion
2008 K-1 World Grand Prix runner up
2002 WPKL Dutch Muay Thai Champion