With a truly amazing record of 133-7-1, K-1 MAX’s Andy Souwer has lost just four fights in the past six years – to Buakaw Por Pramuk in the 2006 finals, to Artur Kyshenko in last year’s semi-finals, to Giorgio Petrosyan earlier this year, and to Kenichi Ogata outside of K-1 in 2006.
For Souwer, this year’s K-1 World MAX Grand Prix can be characterized by one word – redemption. Last month, he redeemed his loss against Kyshenko, defeating him in the quarter final round. This earned him a spot in the semi-finals against Buakaw in a much anticipated rematch of the 2005 and 2006 finals (check out the excellent 2006 finals below). A win there and he is in the finals, where there is a very strong chance his opponent will be Petrosyan.
As Souwer looks to become the first ever three time K-1 World MAX champion, three men who have defeated him stand in his way. One has already gone down, two more to go, on Andy Souwer’s 2009 path to redemption.