Sportsman, celebrity, bad boy, champion: Badr Hari is many different things to many different people. But few know the real Badr Hari away from the paparazzi - a loyal friend and proud father with a passion for cars, clothes and style and a deep love for the heritage of his ancestral Moroccan homeland.


In the ring Badr is one of the most ferocious and successful fighters that kickboxing has ever known. Outside of it he is one of the most colorful and controversial figures in the sporting landscape. In twenty years of training and fighting he has twice been World Heavyweight Champion and has lived the life of a Hollywood action movie.

Badr’s story is one of rags to riches. Born in the Netherlands to parents who had immigrated from Morocco, his heart and determination took him from the streets of Amsterdam to the bright lights of Tokyo, Japan and beyond.

On that journey, Badr has faced the toughest heavyweight kickboxers in the world. And yet it often seems as if his toughest opponent has been himself, as if the spirit which drives him to succeed is also a demon which has sometimes driven him to darkness.

Life, love, fame and the price of success - every experience, positive and negative, has been a lesson. The fires in Badr Hari still burn as strongly as ever but now they are tempered by wisdom as he continues building his legacy.
Badr Hari


Name : Badr Hari / Nationality: Moroccan / Place of birth : Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Currently living : Casablanca, Morocco / Height : 1.97cm, Weight : 120kg / Division : Heavyweight / Style : Kickboxing / Team : Akhmat Fighter / Trainers : Michael Passenier, Özden Tekcandan


Badr Hari was born on December 8, 1984 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands to parents originally from the city of Kenitra, Morocco. He grew up to become a champion heavyweight kickboxer with a 120kg (265lb) frame. He is also the proud father to a young daughter. Badr presently lives in Casablanca, Morocco but says that he considers himself “a world citizen” as travel is one of his greatest loves. He likes to spend his free time surrounded by his family and friends.

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Inside the ring Badr fights with animal ferocity. But outside of it he is a cultured man who likes the finer things in life. Cars and watches are two of his chief passions; his collection has included world-class examples of both.

Badr is also notable for his keen interest in sartorial matters. He is a dedicated follower of fashion and has consistently been one of the best-dressed professional athletes in the world. It has also been suggested that, with his height and distinctive looks, Badr could have been a model instead of a fighter. By his own admission he takes a lot of pride in his appearance.

“I like to take care of myself and look good. It’s not that I wear a suit everyday; I also like to wear comfortable clothes such as tracksuits, but even then I will make sure that there is coordination between the outfit and my footwear, for example,” he explains.

“I like it when people make the effort to look nice. The way a person dresses reflects the way they feel and I believe you can tell a lot about a person by the way they present themselves.”
Badr Hari Book


Badr Hari is one of the most talked about fighter in the Netherland and most of the attention is not because of his accomplishments in the ring. It is the things outside the ring that interest the media the most. Every step Badr took paparazzi will follow him and tabloids will write the most crazy things about him. It was time for Badr to look back at his life and write up his own real story. 

“I felt it was time for me to tell my real story. Myself and leading sports journalist Maarten Bax have spent considerable time collaborating on this project. There is a lot of raw truth in this book and it will upset a lot of people. Nothing is left out: my youth, my fights, my nightlife, my love-life. You want to know who the real Badr Hari is? Now you can read all about it.”
"Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success."


Badr takes exceptional pride in his Moroccan roots. His parents decided to leave Morocco in search of a better future for their children. They had to work hard to put food on the table for the family after they arrived in the Netherlands and even though Badr was born in Amsterdam, Morocco still holds a special place in his heart. That is why he decided to represent Morocco in his fights and wear the national flag with pride.
Badr now owns several homes in Morocco and divides his time between Casablanca, Marrakech and his family’s home city of Kenitra. In the Netherlands he is known for his actions inside and outside of the ring but in Morocco he is revered as a national icon. He is one of the country’s top athletes and a big name in the national media.

“I’m a very proud Moroccan and I like to share the love of my country with the people. That’s why I want to represent my country. I feel that a lot of people in my country haven’t had the opportunities I had so I want to show them that everything in life is possible if you work hard for them,” he says.

“My victories in the ring are not only for my family and friends but also for the people of Morocco. I have been to so many places in the world but nothing compares to the love I receive from the people of Morocco. They give me the power to keep pushing myself. I love them and I love Morocco.”