Could 16-0 German Kickboxer Agit Kabayel Take Boxing heavyweight Division By Storm?
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
16-0 European Heavyweight champion Agit Kabayel of Essen, Germany, is a 24 year old converted kickboxer who has ascended to the world heavyweight rankings. With 12 knockouts in 16 bouts, Kabayel has a 75% knockout ratio. In addition has also won decisions impressively and hard fought with heart at 10 at 12 rounds respectively.
From Chris Algieri to Demetrius ‘Oak Tree’ Edwards, many professional kickboxers, professional wrestlers, professional football players like Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones and Mark Gastineau, and other athletes have attempted the boxing plunge. With Mixed Martial Arts have risen to the top of worldwide public interest, boxing promoters have turned to MMA in many situations for pro boxer recruitment.
Can the formula work at the heavyweight championship boxing level. Unlike Algieri, Kabayel has proven he is not always with a kill or be killed mentality like many MMA fighters. With Algieri, Algieri versus Pacquiao (lost decision), and Algieri versus Spence Jr. (got stopped), and Algieri versus Provodnikov round one (down three timers but came back to win), were disasters due to his MMA mentality. Algieri has the potential to overcome the MMA way of approaching fighters. Kabayel has already converted over successfully. In the heavyweight division, for a heavy weight level kickboxer to convert over into a full-fledged pro heavyweight world ranked boxer is unheard of.
Kabayel is ready to move up to more serious opposition at the 12 round level in defense of his European Heavy weight crown. Robert Helenius, Dereck Chisora, Kubrat Pulev and Johann Duhappas, and Erkan Tepper are among those on the mid-level horizon. Kabayel is an experiment in ‘can he or can’t he’ from kickboxer to pro boxer. To chase after Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker, Lucas Browne, Wladimir Klitschko, Ruslan Chagaev, Andy Ruiz and David Haye, Kabayel must take his boxing challenges and skill level to the next tier. The world will be watching. Kickboxers like Agit Kabayel have provided sportswriter Robert Brizel with a template and an education on how the MMA fighter can be retrained and successfully converted into a world class boxer at the heavy weight level successfully.