Warren Stevelmans

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Warren Stevelmans
Born (1983-05-16) 16 May 1983 (age 31)
Cape Town, South Africa
Other names Chaka Zulu
Nationality South African
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 70.0 kg (154.3 lb; 11.02 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 68.0 in (173 cm)
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Team Vos Gym
Trainer Ivan Hippolyte
Years active 2001–present
Kickboxing record
Total 85
Wins 58
By knockout 16
Losses 23
By knockout 2
Draws 4
last updated on: May 3, 2014

Warren "Chaka Zulu" Stevelmans (born 16 May 1983) is a South African kickboxer, fighting out of Vos Gym in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is the K-1 MAX Netherlands 2008 tournament champion.[1]

Biography and career[edit]

Despite being born in South Africa, Stevelmans has spent the bulk of his career fighting in the Netherlands. He began his career at C-Class level in 2001 and through 2001 to 2005 won a number of C and B-Class fights, culminating in winning his A-Class debut against Arian Vatniki in Maastricht, Netherlands. Stevelmans lost his next fight against Chris Ngimbi but then went on a winning streak throughout the rest of 2006 and in to the later stages of 2007 where he won his first title, defeating William Diender to claim the N.K.B.B. national title at 70 kg.

Stevelmans performances at domestic level gave him the chance to take his talents on to the world stage as he was invited by K-1 to participate in one of their regional qualifying tournaments at the K-1 MAX Netherlands 2008 held in Utrecht. Stevelmans was the victor at a very competitive tournament, defeating two time SuperLeague champion Aalviar Lima in the quarter finals, gaining revenge on Chris Ngimbi in the semis via TKO and beating Marco Piqué in the final to book his place at the K-1 Final 16 event. Stevelmans won his elimination fight in Hiroshima, Japan and advanced to the quarter final stage at the K-1 World MAX Final 8. Unfortunately for Stevelmans he was paired up against two time K-1 MAX world champion Andy Souwer who proved too strong for him over three rounds.

After his exit from the 2008 K-1 World MAX Stevelmans has been inconsistent. He picked up a good victory against Aalviar Lima but has struggled against world class opposition, losing fights to the likes of Giorgio Petrosyan, Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis. At the start of 2011, Stevelmans returned to K-1 MAX entering the K-1 MAX Madrid 2011 tournament. He beat two Spanish opponents en route to the final but was unable to win the title, losing to his third Spanish opponent on the night in Rafi Zouheir, via decision over three rounds.

He defeated Hinata Watanabe via unanimous decision (30-28, 28-27 and 29-28) at Shootboxing 2012 - Act 4 on 17 September 2012 in Tokyo, Japan to qualify for the 2012 S-Cup.[2]

He was expected to compete in the 2012 Thai Fight 70 kg tournament, fighting in the quarter-finals on 23 October 2012 in Bangkok. However, this did not happen for unknown reasons.[3]

Replacing Yoshihiro Sato on short notice, he defeated Dzhabar Askerov via unanimous decision in a tournament reserve fight at Glory 3: Rome - 2012 Middleweight Slam Final 8 in Rome, Italy on 3 November 2012.[4][5]

He was expected to compete at the Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2012 in Tokyo, Japan on 17 November 2012.[6] However, he was unable to compete due to the tournament coming so soon after his bout with Askerov.[7]

He beat Thai brawler Bovy Sor Udomson by way of majority decision at Shootboxing 2013 - Act 1 in Tokyo on 22 February 2013.[8][9][10]

Stevelmans was scheduled to fight Johann Fauveau at Glory 5: London on 23 March 2013 in London, England.[11] However, when Andy Ristie was unable to fight in the event's co-main event against Albert Kraus, Stevelmans took his place[12] and lost by unanimous decision.[13][14]

He was soundly beaten by Aikpracha Meenayothin, losing on points at MAX Muay Thai 2 in Pattaya, Thailand on 29 June 2013.[15][16][17][18]

He lost to Chingiz Allazov by unanimous decision at Legend 2: Invasion in Moscow, Russia on 8 November 2013. [19][20]

Replacing Shemsi Beqiri on short notice,[21] Stevelmans lost to Ky Hollenbeck by unanimous decision in an ugly fight in the tournament reserve match at Glory 12: New York - Lightweight World Championship Tournament in New York City, New York on 23 November 2013.[22][23][24]

He lost to Yuri Bessmertny by UD at Thai Boxe Mania in Turin, Italy on 25 January 2014.[25][26]

He lost to Josh Jauncey via UD at Glory 16: Denver in Broomfield, Colorado, US on April 3, 2014.[27][28]

Titles[edit]

  • 2011 K-1 MAX Madrid 2011 runner up -70 kg
  • 2010 World Full Contact Association (W.F.C.A.) Thai-boxing middleweight world title -72.5 kg
  • 2008 K-1 MAX Netherlands champion -70 kg
  • 2006 N.K.B.B. Dutch national champion

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "K-1 EUROPE MAX 2008 IN HOLLAND -Europe Tournament-". K-1 Grand Prix Website. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. ^ Shootboxing 2012 Act.4 Results: Shishido, Stevelmans, Bovy Qualify for S-Cup
  3. ^ Buakaw Back At Thai Fight On 23 October
  4. ^ GLORY 3 Rome - Final 8: Live Results
  5. ^ Glory 3 Live Play By Play
  6. ^ Shootboxing S-Cup 2012: Andy Souwer, Joachim Hansen Among Participants
  7. ^ S-Cup Update: Tournament Field Settled, Quarterfinal Matchups Announced
  8. ^ Ten Kickboxing Fights to Watch in February
  9. ^ Yoshihiro Sato Wins at Shootboxing 2013 Act. 1
  10. ^ Japanese Kickboxing Scene: February Recap
  11. ^ GLORY 5 London Fight Card
  12. ^ Andy Ristie out, Albert Kraus now faces Warren Stevelmans tomorrow at GLORY 5 London
  13. ^ GLORY 5 London Live Results
  14. ^ Results and Recap: Glory 5
  15. ^ Aikpracha vs. Warren Stevelmans, Sitthichai vs. Juri Kehl Headline MAX Jakarta
  16. ^ MAX Muay Thai Pattaya Live Results and Play-By-Play
  17. ^ Victor Ngabe Shocks the World by Defeating Fabio Pinca at MAX Pattaya
  18. ^ Weekend Results: Thai Fight and MAX Muay Thai
  19. ^ Legend 2: Invasion Live Results
  20. ^ Legend Invasion 2 gifs and results from Moscow
  21. ^ Warren Stevelmans replaces Shemsi Beqiri against Ky Hollenbeck at Glory 12 this weekend
  22. ^ Glory 12 Results and Recap: Andy Ristie shocks the world with two huge knockouts
  23. ^ GLORY 12 Live Results and Updates
  24. ^ GLORY 12 results: Upsets galore as Giorgio Petrosyan falls short to tourney winner Andy Ristie
  25. ^ Thai Boxe Mania set for 25 January in Turin, Italy
  26. ^ Results: Thai Boxe Mania 2014
  27. ^ UFC Veteran Pat Barry Suffers First-Round Knockout Loss to Zack Mwekassa at Glory 16
  28. ^ Glory 16 Results

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