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.”