27 February 1976|
Istok, SAP Kosovo, SFR Yugoslavia
|Died||4 December 2011
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (225 lb; 16.1 st)|
|Style||Kickboxing • Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Munich, Germany|
Besim Kabashi (February 27, 1976 – December 4, 2011) was an Kosovar-German kickboxer who competed in the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. He began his training in Germany after emigrating from Kosovo and initially competed as a -79 kg/174 lb fighter before moving up through the weight classes until eventually reaching heavyweight. After stints as a German and European champion, Kabashi won the WKA World Heavyweight Muay Thai title in 2008. Although he defended this belt numerous times and had an impressive 80% knockout ratio, he rarely fought outside him hometown of Munich or against top-ranked competition, and so was never considered elite at any weight class.
He died from a heart attack in December 2011.
Kabashi was born as the youngest of seven children to Kosovar Albanian parents near Istok, Yugoslavia in 1976 and moved to Munich, Germany at the age of fourteen. He competed in athletics, football and swimming as a youngster before he began kickboxing when he was seventeen.
After successful careers in amateur boxing and kickboxing, Kabashi turned professional in 1997 and won the WKA German Light Heavyweight (-79 kg/174 lb) Championship in his debut year. He then followed this up by taking the WKA German Super Light Heavyweight (-83.2 kg/183 lb) title the following year. Despite a promising start to his career, Kabashi would then retire from the sport in 2002 following a disagreement with his trainer.
He returned to the ring in 2006, weighing in at 102 kg/224 lb. His transition to heavyweight saw him have success almost immediately as he knocked out Zoran Dorcic in round two to become the WKA European Super Heavyweight (+95 kg/209 lb) Champion in 2007. He then won the WKA World Heavyweight (-95 kg/209 lb) Muay Thai belt on December 13, 2008 when he defeated Yahya Gülay by fourth round technical knockout. Kabashi defended this title seven times over the next three years against the likes of David Dancrade and Petr Vondráček before his untimely death in December 2011.
Championships and awards
- World Kickboxing Association
- WKA German Light Heavyweight (-79 kg/174 lb) Championship
- WKA German Super Light Heavyweight (-83.2 kg/183 lb) Championship
- WKA European Super Heavyweight (+95 kg/209 lb) Championship
- WKA World Heavyweight (-95 kg/209 lb) Muay Thai Championship
65 wins (60 KOs), 1 loss, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- Besim Kabashi[permanent dead link]
- Biografia e kikboksierit Besim Kabashi Archived October 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Besim Kabashi mposht Petr Vondracek me KO në raundin 4
- "Der seltsame Tod des Thai-Boxers" (in German). Bild. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
- "Toter Kickboxer: Rätsel um angeblichen Abschiedsbrief" (in German). Augsburger Allgemeine. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2012-02-19.