The winner of the eight man tournament in Holland, Dutchman Willy Peeters loved the island and loved fighting and he did not think twice when he got the offer to fight in Aruba. Unfortunately the referee stopped the fight because of a cut but Willy did not want to give up (photo 6, 7) and was very disappointed with the decision (great fighting spirit from Peeters).
The crowd loved the spectacle and when the finals came with Heath Herring from America against Carcareco from Brazil the audience was in for a show and a thrill (photo 8).
Thirty minutes with no break , these two gladiators fought bare hands old school for an enthusiastic Caribbean crowd, it was on live TV and the fight became a classic (photo 11). The fight should have been a draw but because the Brazilian was lighter he was given the victory (photo 12). Heath Herring was disappointed and wanted revenge, everybody liked the young 19 year-old Texas fighter and so he was promised a new fight which would be on the 25th of September, 1999.
The WVTC 9 returned to the island on the 25th of September, 1999, and was called “The Battle of the Titans.” (photos 9, 10)
The first event was a huge success but the follow up was doomed for failure, a battle against all odds and elements. Huge posters were printed for the Cage Fighting Championships WVC 9 to promote the event on the island, but after articles in the Dutch Magazine Revue, the Dutch government put pressure on the parliament of the Caribbean Island (called the Dutch West Indies/ Caribbean), a cage was not permitted anymore for fights to take place.
The posters were also not allowed as there was text which said “cage fighting” and the title “the fighting island” and it should be promoted as the sunny island, department of tourist protested and so the posters needed to be changed and no cage but a ring should take it’s place ( a lot of headaches pursued that a promoter does not need before an event).
Everybody (fighters and staff) stayed in the resort hotel Talk of the Town” (hotel near the Havanna Beach Club) All of the fighters arrived on the Island after some difficulties, but one fighter of the tournament wanted a nice holiday and claimed he (one day for the tournament) apparently sprained his ankle (later we found out he never wanted to participate he just wanted a nice Caribbean vacation).
But this was the least of the promoter and producer’s problems. three days of rain and the event was in the open air.
Many fighters came to Bas Boon at dinner and asked what he was going to do, Boon answered he would do a sun dance and not to worry everything would be fine.
The day before Piamonte (chutebox from Brazil) and Yvel almost fought in the hotel and it was only because of Hans Nijman and Dick Vry that an actual fight was prevented.
A lot of tension was building for the promoters and fighters.
On the day of the fight the rain stopped one hour before the event started, the whole event went smoothly with Heath Herring dominating all of his fights winning the WVC 9 belt. (story continues below)