Besim Kabashi

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Besim Kabashi
Born (1976-02-27)27 February 1976
Istok, SAP Kosovo, SFR Yugoslavia
Died 4 December 2011(2011-12-04) (aged 35)
Munich, Germany
Nationality Germany German
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb; 16.1 st)
Division Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing • Muay Thai
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Munich, Germany
Team KS Steko
Years active 1997–2002
2006–2011
Kickboxing record
Total 66
Wins 65
By knockout 60
Losses 1
Draws 0

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, Kabasi 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.[1]

He died from an apparent drug overdose in December 2011.

Early life[edit]

Kabashi was born as the youngest of seven children to Kosovar Albanian parents near Istok, KOSOVA 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.[2]

Career[edit]

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.[3]

Death[edit]

Kabashi was found dead in his apartment in Munich, Germany on Sunday December 4, 2011.[4] While the first analyses show an overdose of drugs, it is unclear whether he committed suicide or not.[5]

Championships and awards[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • 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

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

References[edit]