Ben Edwards (kickboxer)

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Ben Edwards
Born Benjamin Edwards
(1985-02-17) 17 February 1985 (age 29)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Other names The Guvner, Bangin'
Nationality Australia Australian
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 121.5 kg (268 lb; 19.13 st)
Division Super Heavyweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Style Kickboxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Canberra, Australia
Team Bulldog Gym Canberra
Trainer

John Verran (2003-2009)

Jamie McCuaig (2009-present)
Years active 7 (2003–present)
Professional boxing record
Total 5
Wins 4
By knockout 4
Losses 0
Draws 1
Kickboxing record
Total 49
Wins 38
By knockout 33
Losses 9
By knockout 5
Draws 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 1
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Other information
University Dickson College
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 3 May 2014

Ben "The Guvner" Edwards (born 17 February 1985) is an Australian Super Heavyweight kickboxer and Heavyweight boxer. He is the current K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Canberra tournament champion.[1] Edwards won the tournament by three 1st round KO's the fastest win in K-1 history in total time of 3 minutes and 28 seconds breaking the previous record held by Jerome Le Banner of 4 minutes and 4 seconds in K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Osaka.[2] Fighting out of Bulldog Gym, Canberra, Australia, he has competed in the K-1, Capital Punishment, Kings of Kombat, SUPERKOMBAT and It's Showtime promotions and is currently signed to GLORY. As of 7 May 2014, Edwards is ranked the #8 heavyweight in the world by GLORY[3] and #10 by LiverKick.com.[4]

Biography and career[edit]

Ben Edwards was born in Sydney, Australia and has been living in Canberra since he was 4, currently residing in Queanbeyan. Edwards played Rugby League until he was 19. He represented the Canberra Raiders sides in both Harold Matthews Cup and SG Ball sides. He went to Dickson College where he played first grade for the Queanbeyan Blues.

Ben Edwards started kickboxing in 2003 at the Bulldog Gym under late John Verran his coach and mentor.

After winning multiple ISKA kickboxing titles he made his K-1 debut at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Canberra. He knocked out all three of his opponents in the first round, including tournament favourite, Paul Slowinski, whom he had lost to twice in his career. He still maintains the record for the fastest kickboxing tournament in K-1 history, at 3 minutes and 28 seconds. At the K-1 Final 16, in the main event he lost to the eventual World Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem in the first round.

Following the loss he decesioned Carter Williams and knocked out Mighty Mo in 2011. He finished the year with a loss against Roman Kleibl in the semi finals of the SUPERKOMBAT Fight Club tournament. After been dropped by Daniel Sam in the quarter finals he finished off his opponent in the second round. Despite dropping Kleibl in the second round he was TKOed in the final round after running out of energy.

He started out 2012 with a decision win against Ricardo van den Bos. He is now scheduled to face Rico Verhoeven on March, 17 in Australia.[5]

He faced Raul Cătinaş at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Tokyo Final 16 on 14 October 2012[6][7] and won via TKO in round two.[8]

Edwards was drawn against Zabit Samedov in the quarter-finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 Final, held on 15 March 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia.[9] However, he decided not to compete[10] as he was already booked to fight Paul Slowinski for the fourth time on 23 March 2013 in Canberra, Australia at Capital Punishment 7.[11] He defeated Slowinski by decision.[12]

He joined Glory in July 2013.[13]

He won the vacant Kings of Kombat Heavyweight Championship with a majority decision win over Cătălin Moroșanu at Kings of Kombat 10 in Melbourne, Australia on 7 September 2013, relying heavily on low kicks in the fight rather than utilize his usual brawling style.[14][15][16]

In a slugfest at Glory 12: New York - Lightweight World Championship Tournament in New York City, New York on 23 November 2013, Edwards landed numerous unanswered shots on Jamal Ben Saddik throughout round three before eventually putting him away with a big right hand towards the end.[17][18][19][20]

He was initially set to face Errol Zimmerman in the main event of Glory 15: Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey on 12 April 2014[21] but the match was transferred to the semi-finals of the Glory 16: Denver - Heavyweight Contendership Tournament in Broomfield, Colorado, US on May 3, 2014.[22][23] He lost to Zimmerman via TKO, suffering two knockdowns in the first round.[24][25]

Titles[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • 2013 Kings of Kombat Heavyweight champion
  • 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix in Canberra champion
  • 2009 ISKA Super-heavyweight World champion (2 title def.)
  • 2008 ISKA Super-heavyweight South Pacific title

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • 2013 C8 Heavyweight Champion

Professional boxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record
Boxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Australia Donnie Lester TKO Combat8:03 29 Aug 2013 1 Sydney, Australia MMA debut.
Wins C8 Heavyweight Title.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ben Edwards K-1 profile". www.k-1.co.jp/en/. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.wkakickboxing.com/
  3. ^ GLORY Heavyweight Rankings: May
  4. ^ LiverKick.com Heavyweight Rankings: May
  5. ^ "Emotion charged fight". www.queanbeyanage.com.au/. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  6. ^ K-1 Final 16 Matches Unveiled
  7. ^ K-1 WGP Final 16, Finalized Fight Card For This Sunday, 14 October
  8. ^ K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16 Live Results
  9. ^ K-1 WGP Final 8 Match-Ups
  10. ^ Badr Hari to Replace Ben Edwards in K-1 World Grand Prix
  11. ^ Capital Punishment 7 in Canberra Line-Up
  12. ^ Weekend Winners: Ben Edwards, Sanny Dahlbeck, Suleiman Magomedov, Errol Koning
  13. ^ Hesdy Gerges and Ben Edwards to Fight for GLORY
  14. ^ Walsh, Dave (4 July 2013). "Ben Edwards vs. Catalin Morosanu on Sept. 7th in Australia". Liver Kick. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ben Edwards vs Catalin Morosanu in Melbourne". FightMag. [dead link]
  16. ^ Walsh, Dave (8 September 2013). "Ben Edwards Bests Catalin Morosanu in Australia". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Ky Hollenbeck vs. Shemsi Beqiri and Jamal Ben Saddik vs. Ben Edwards official for Glory 12
  18. ^ Glory 12 Results and Recap: Andy Ristie shocks the world with two huge knockouts
  19. ^ GLORY 12 Live Results and Updates
  20. ^ GLORY 12 results: Upsets galore as Giorgio Petrosyan falls short to tourney winner Andy Ristie
  21. ^ GLORY Announces GLORY 15 Card
  22. ^ GLORY Announces GLORY 16 Card - Pat Barry's Debut
  23. ^ Glory 16 Denver Fight Card
  24. ^ UFC Veteran Pat Barry Suffers First-Round Knockout Loss to Zack Mwekassa at Glory 16
  25. ^ Glory 16 Results

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