Andy Hug Appreciation Thread
Many of us were fortunate to witness at least some of Andy Hug's illustrious career that spanned 1982 to 2000, and it's probably time we had a thread where his career and life could be discussed by those interested.
In short Andy Hug was :
-> The first Swiss national to advance to the world's top ranking in Kyokushinkai Karate.
-> The first non-Asian to achieve entry to a world championship final.
-> The first non-Asian to become professional world champion in full-contact karate.
-> The first karate fighter able to hold his own against the best kick and Thai boxers.
-> The first martial arts fighter with a karate background to win the K-1 Grand Prix.
Titles won by Andy Hug :
-> K-1 World Grand Prix Champion - 1996.
-> K-1 World Grand Prix Finalist - 1997, 1998.
> K-1 World Grand Prix Last 8 - 1994, 1999.
> UKF World Super Heavyweight Champion 1994.
> WMTC World Super Heavyweight Champion.
> WKA World Muay Thai Super Heavyweight
> WKA European Muay Thai Super Heavyweight
The word legend is bandied about far too readily at times, but Andy Hug was indeed a true legend.
What are your memories of Andy Hug? His fights? His life?