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Before Branko “the Croatian Tiger” Cicatic won the first K-1 GP there was his fight against Don Wilson!

Before Branko “the Croatian Tiger” Cicatic won the first K-1 GP there was his fight against Don Wilson!

As a young entrepreneur and fighter, I loved the fighting world and became friends with Thom Harinck the founder and trainer of Chakuriki.

Branko Cicatic and Bas Boon after training in the Peabody hotel in Orlando

I traveled with Thom and team Chakuriki to Miami when I was just 20 (30 years ago) and we stayed in the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. It was in this luxurious hotel I did some sparring sessions with Branko Cicatic in preparation for his fight with Don “the dragon “Wilson. I remember having a bad cold and blowing my nose every 10 minutes. I’m sure the big right hand of Branko that dropped Ernesto Hoost 3x  hit my nose and turned my poor smelling organs into this huge bleeding hideous potato.

Thanks Branco for that moker right hand turning my nose in a potato!

The days before this event were torture for Branko as the fight was agreed on approx. 78 kg! Branko was eating his own muscle tissue to reach the desired weight for the fight, he was literally pissing blood!

The day of the fight came and in round 4 Branko landed a vicious low kick which was partly checked by Wilson, the result was that Wilson pulled up his knee and fell to the canvas screaming in pain because of his knee being hurt. I still do not understand why they stopped the fight that long as Branko delivered a perfectly legal kick? The fight continues a few minutes later and Wilson followed a smart game plan. He kept circling Brank which resulted in Branko to gas in round seven ( having to cut weight,  dieting for this fight took to much power from his body) , which brought the ko victory to Wilson.

I was invited no so long later after that fight to do a seminar at John Gradin’s gym in Tampa Florida, he saw me winning against this huge heavyweight fighter with Thom Harinck in my corner and witnessed some sparring sessions. it resulted in my first seminar.

Bas Boon and John Gradin ( seminar at USA Karate).

I learned a lot from this trip and I made friends, I stayed friends with Branko Cicatic in the following 30 years and witnessed his success in becoming the first ever K-1 GP winner knocking out Ernesto Hoost in the finals. I started to promote shows with Thom Harinck and Don Wilson became a movie star and we kept in contact, this is what sport is all about, making friends, making a living of something you like to do and traveling the world!

Photo © 2006 Rafael Lanus:
Shut up and Shoot Premiere and after party held in Bevely HIlls California on June 27, 2006
Credit: Rafa Lanus (from left to right) Bas Boon Don Wilson and Bas Rutten (almost 20 years after Branko fought Don Wilson).

I would not want to have missed this for the world!

(C) Bas Boon www.basboon.com

About Bas Boon

”’Bas Boon”’ is the founder and has been the manager of Team Golden Glory since 1999, a network association of mixed martial artists, and kickboxers headquartered in Netherlands and Thailand. He has trained and managed the likes of Alistair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Sergei Kharitonov. Stefan Leko, Marloes Coenen, Nieky Holzken, Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki and many more… Below is the biography on the Golden Glory website: :“Born and raised in Holland, Bastiaan Simon Boon is one of the most powerful figures in the fight business today. He has been promoting and producing fight events for the past 35 years. Today he is the owner of Golden Glory, the strongest and most feared fight team in the Globe. Currently Mr Boon represents Pride, K1,Dream, UFC and Too Hot To Handle fighters and champions. Something that has never happened before in the industry. Boon is the son of Kasper Boon the noted Professor, Doctor and Engineer. At the age of 17 the young entrepreneur Bas Boon began his first sports oriented company, Nikko Toshogu Sports, a Martial Arts equipment company that became enormously successful and quickly spawned a number of other businesses including Nikko Press, and production company. While still a teenager Boon became the youngest promoter of professional martial arts competitions sponsoring Thai Fighting and Kick Boxing events throughout Europe, promoting and producing more than 300 shows world-wide. As a television producer Boon was responsible for conceiving and creating 22 episodes of the series Oriental Fight Promotions which was broadcast by the Super Channel across Europe, he also produced 20 martial arts programs broadcast by Euro-Sport, and several free martial arts fighting events for the FOX TV Network in Holland. With long time partner Frederico Lapenda, Boon produced of the “Red Light District” which was broadcast by FOX FILES in the United States. Boon is also the Producer of the series “You Gotta See This”, aired by FOX. Bas Boon also produced 5 Hollywood Movies together with partner Frederico lapenda He has also distribute Fighting and Martial Arts shows for world-wide TV and DVD licensing. Boon’s ventures has generated a numerous of articles for such magazines as the German edition of Playboy, Dutch TV Guide, Revue, Actueel Panorama, all the major newspapers in Europe and several sports and martial arts magazines in Japan and the United States.” Bas Boon was also an executive producer of the well known Glory World Series which also was sold to Glory Sports International. In 2012. Bas Boon helped facilitate in the sales of the Golden Glory and Nikko library to Glory Sports International and is affiliated as a consultant. Bas Boon can be found at the Fight Game Camp, Golden Glory in Pattaya, Thailand. 2- May 2012 Dureka Lang Carrasquill Tranberg capital:: Boon is a polarizing figure. Outspoken, unorthodox and fiercely demanding when it comes to staging events, he is a suave entrepreneur with a business mind that switches between Wall Street and street hustler as the situation demands. Where the American mixed martial arts organisation Ultimate Fighting Championship has the foul-mouthed fight fan Dana White as its president, GLORY has his European counterpart - the colorful and confrontational Bas Boon, president of GLORY Sports, the sporting division of GLORY Sports International (“GSI”). And where White is counterbalanced by the urbane Lorenzo Fertitta, so too is Boon contrasted with Marcus Luer, the GSI managing director.

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