Published On: Thu, Jan 8th, 2015

Multiply World Champions at Baas Sports Curacao

586During a recent training at Baas Sports Curacao there was next to Rodney Glunder another world champion, who was training. Richel Hersisia, Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Pro Boxing, born in Curaçao (1974) and now living in The Hague. He holds an excellent record of 32 victories (25 he won by Knock-Out) and only 3 losses.
The 3 losses are no shame because they were against Audley Harrison (Gold medal winner at 2000 Olympics and world champion pro-boxing) from Great Brittan at Wembley Arena in London, Ray Mercer (former Olympic gold medalist and WBO heavyweight title holder) from the USA (Richel fought with a broken hand and should win the fight because he was the better boxer but the judges gave it to Mercer) and WBA Champion Taras Bidenko from Ukrainian, Soviet Union.
Richel fought all over the world, like Sweden, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Denmark, Poland and also two times in Curacao.
Don't forget the clinics of Rodney Glunder Thursday and Saturday (see under).
Rodney Glunder (born in 1975 as Rodney Faverus) also known as "The Silent Assassin" and "Klaar om te Bossen" is a Dutch-Surinamese professional Thai-kickboxer, MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter, pro-boxer, current entrepreneur, bodybuilder and professional wrestler.

Edwin Baas has seen a lot of fights of Rodney and thinks the first time he saw one of his fights was June 15 1996 at the Mix Fight Night in Haarlem. That night Palmira Sandvliet (now Palmira Baas) also fought and she won her fight by a first round knock-out. Rodney won the Dutch Free Fight Champion Piet Bernzen and made it to the front-page of the newspaper Haarlems Dagblad.
And the last time Baas saw Rodney fight was in Sint Maarten, November 2011, where he defeated an opponent from Great Brittan in a Thaiboxing fight.

Rodney is black belt in Kyokushin karate, black belt in Taekwondo, blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has about 100 fights in the ring and/or cage and won a lot of championship titles all over the world:
- World Heavyweight Champion CFC MMA. In 2009 Rodney won World title MMA of CFC (Cage Fighters Championships) by defeating Arnoldas Joknys by 1st round TKO (punches and elbows) in Riga, Latvia
- RINGS Durata Grand Prix Champion MMA. In 2003 he won in Croatia all 3 fights. He won Miodrag Petkovic by TKO (punches) 1st round, Nikolai Onikienko by Decision and Jose Ramalho by Decision.
- Multiply RINGS Free Fight Champion MMA. Rodney won 5 Rings titles between 2001 and 2004. He won the following fighters in Rings title fights; Ricardo Fyeet, Paul Cahoon, Cheick Kongo, Tom Sauer and Dave Vader.
- World Champion Kickboxing IKBO. In 2001 Rodney won Peter Verschuuren by KO (knee) in the 1st round and became world champion kickboxing
- World Champion Kickboxing ISKA. In 2007 Rodney won the world title by defeating Anton Berdinikov by unanimous decision after 12 rounds in Murmansk, Russia.
- European Champion Full Contact Karate 1997
- K-1 Holland Grand Prix 2003. Rodney won Joe Riggs by first round knockout.
- K-1 Canarias GP Champion 2006. Rodney defeated 3 opponents in one night to be crowned the K-1 Canarias 2006 champion.
- World Champion and European Champion MMA of IMA (International Mixfight Association)
- Champion of UMC (Undisputed Muay-Thai Counsel)

Rodney holds notable wins over top contenders Cheick Kongo, Valentijn Overeem, Joe Riggs, Melvin Manhoef, Cyrille Diabaté, Brian Douwes, Gregory Tony, Chinto Mordillo, Mikko Rupponen, Henriques Zowa, Miodrag Petkovic, Sergey Kaznovsky, Jose Ramalho, Nikolai Onikienko, Fatih Kocamis, Fabrice Bernardin, Tjerk Vermanen, Iwan de Groot, Sergei Zavadsky, Tomas Valatkevicius, Tsuyoshi Tajima, Yussuf Belmikdan, Jon Delgado, Errol Paris, Alejandro Navarro-Martins, Humberto Evora, Moustafa Lakhsem, Marcello Adriaansz, Tomasz Sarara, Bas van de Muizenberg and too much to mention.
May 31 2014 Rodney fought his last fight for the Muay Thai European Championship title.

Rodney has also been for years and with success, active as coach and trainer. At the moment he's active as trainer at the gym of Melvin Manhoef (former opponent). Thursday 8th of January 19:00 Rodney will give a special training at Baas Sports Curacao and Saturday 10th of January 10:00 at the military navy base.

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