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AUTHENTICATED KICKBOXING RECORD

As of 5 December 1985

Revised: 24 September 2011


 

FRED “The Gladiator” ROYERS

 

Born: 15 March 1955

Citizenship: Netherlands

Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands

Height: 5 foot 8 inches (1.73 meters)

 

KICKBOXING RECORD

 

Total

Wins

Losses

Draws

No Contests

Knockouts

Kick-Knockouts

International Rules

11

11

0

0

0

4

3

Full-Contact Rules

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

STAR SUMMARY RECORD

14

13

1

0

0

4

3

Asian Rules

7

7

0

0

0

2

0

SUMMARY TOTALS

21

20

1

0

0

6

3

 

 

 

RING STATISTICS

 

Championship

Career

Qualifying Bouts

8

21

Rounds-Fought Average

6.5

5.7

Knockout Average

50.0%

28.6%

Kick-Knockout Average

37.5%

14.3%

 

 

ORIGIN OF NICKNAME

Dubbed “le Gladiateur” (or “The Gladiator”) by French journalist Jean-Paul Maillet in reference to Royers’ workmanlike willingness to quickly switch back and forth from one martial arts discipline or prescribed set of rules to another without any apparent diminished effectiveness or need to retrain his pugilistic skills. Maillet had seen Royers on the savate and kickboxing circuits in Europe, knew Royers trained in muay Thai, and was inspired to provide a nickname when he saw Royers finish second in the middleweight division in traditional karate at the 1982 World Games in Santa Clara, CA, USA.

 

 

SPECIALTY FIGHTING SKILLS

Low kicks, stick-and-move jabs mixed with lead-leg front kick and round kick jabs that set up right crosses, reverse kicks or spin kicks and spin backfists; generalship.

 

 

KICKBOXING TITLES

STAR Undisputed Middleweight World Champion (160 lbs / 72.7 kg – Without Clinch-Fighting)

WKA Middleweight World Champion (160 lbs / 72.7 kg – International)

 

WKA Middleweight European Champion (160 lbs / 72.7 kg – International)

BFS Middleweight European Champion (72 kg / 158.5 lbs – International)

NKBB Super Middleweight Netherlands Champion (75 kg / 165 lbs – Asian)

BFS Super Middleweight European Champion (75 kg / 165 lbs – International)

 

STAR / Official Karate Kickboxing Hall of Fame: Runner-Up Fighter of the Year 1985

STAR / Official Karate Kickboxing Hall of Fame: Top Kickboxer of the Year 1984

Director of WKA European Operations

 

 

Date

Result

Weight

Opponent

Location

Method

Round

Sanction

Rules

Promoter

Corroboration

W-L-D,

KO,KKO

Titles – Notes

1985 Dec 05

LOSS

75 kg / 165 lbs

Youssef “Zef”

Zenaf *1

Stade Pierre de Coubertin

Paris, FRANCE

DECISION

9

IKL

WAKO

Full-Contact

FFBAAA

S

3,4

Video 1-4

19-1-0,6,3

IKL-WAKO Super Middleweight World Title

1985 Oct 20

WIN

160 lbs

 “The Tank”

Yasuo Tabata *2

Jaap Edenhal

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

DECISION

12

WKA

International

Ampye Verkaart

S

2,5,6,8

19-0-0,6,3

Wins WKA Middleweight World Title

STAR Recognition as Undisputed Middleweight World Champion

(Vacates WKA Middleweight World Title on 1986 Dec 31)

1985 Aug 30

WIN

160 lbs

Ralf Berger

Berlin, WEST GERMANY

KKO

(low kick)

6

WKA

International

Henk Ruhling

S

9

18-0-0,6,3

Retains WKA Middleweight European Title

1985 May 12

WIN

160 lbs

Keith Nathan

Jaap Edenhal

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

KKO

(low kick)

4

WKA

International

Ampye Verkaart

S

10

17-0-0,5,2

Retains WKA Middleweight European Title

1985 Apr 22

WIN

160 lbs

Pascal LePlat *3

Elysees Montmarte

Paris, FRANCE

DECISION

9

WKA

International

Joel Goncalves

S

10,23

16-0-0,4,1

Establishes WKA Middleweight European Title

First WKA Event in France

1985 Mar 25

WIN

74 kg /

162.9 lbs

Robert Paturel *4

Stade Pierre de Coubertin

Paris, FRANCE

DECISION

5

BFS

International

Gilles Barissat

S

11

15-0-0,4,1

1985 Feb 03

WIN

160 lbs

Ernie Jackson

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

SPLIT DECISION

(MKR penalty)

9

WKA

NKBB

International

Ampye Verkaart

S

 

14-0-0,4,1

1984 Apr 28

WIN

74 kg /

162.9 lbs

Christian Bahfir *5

Paris, FRANCE

DECISION

5

NONE

Asian

Unreported

S

12,23

Muay Thai

1-0-0,0,0

STAR Classifies Bout as Muay Thai, Excludes from STAR-Rated Kickboxing

1984 Mar 29

WIN

160lbs

Larry Nichols

Hollywood-by-the-Sea, FL, USA

DECISION

9

WKA

International

Howard Hanson

S

NBC-TV

Video-5

13-0-0,4,1

1983 Sep 23

WIN

160 lbs

Billy Chau *6, 22

Jaap Edenhal

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

DECISION

9

WKA

International

Henk de Vries

S

7,13,14

12-0-0,4,1

First WKA Event in Europe

1983 Jun 18

WIN

72 kg /

158.5 lbs

Gaetan Litricin

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

FORFEIT

0

BFS

International

Johan Vos

 

1

11-0-0,4,1

1983 Jun 10

WIN

72 kg /

158.5 lbs

Youssef “Zef”

Zenaf *7

“Nuit de la Boxe Americaine”

Stade Pierre de Coubertin

Paris, FRANCE

DECISION

7

FNBA

Full-Contact

Giles Barissat

S

1,16,17,18,

19

Video 6-7

11-0-0,4,1

Wins BFS Middleweight European Title

1983 Mar 13

WIN

72 kg /

158.5 lbs

L. Minocci

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

FORFEIT

0

BFS

International

Unreported

 

1

10-0-0,4,1

1983 Feb 28

WIN

75 kg / 165 lbs

Robert Davis *8

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

KO

1

NKBB

Asian

Thom Harinck

Jan Plas

S

1,15

10-0-0,4,1

Wins NKBB Super Middleweight Netherlands Title

1982 Jun 19

WIN

75 kg / 165 lbs

Robert Paturel

Paris, FRANCE

TKKO

4

BFS

International

BFS

S

1,20,21

9-0-0,3,1

Wins BFS Super Middleweight European Title

1982 Apr 04

WIN

72 kg /

158.5 lbs

Christian Bahfir

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

DECISION

5

NKBB

Asian

Jan Plas

 

1

8-0-0,2,0

1982 Mar 14

WIN

72 kg /

158.5 lbs

Hans de Ruiter

Paris, FRANCE

TKO

2

BFS

International

BFS

 

1

7-0-0,2,0

1981 Nov 23

WIN

75 kg / 165 lbs

Henk Kooy

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

DECISION

5

NKBB

Asian

Peter Stolp

 

1

6-0-0,1,0

1981 Sep 20

WIN

75 kg / 165 lbs

Niek Bloemberg

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

KO

2

NKBB

Asian

Thom Harinck

 

1

5-0-0,1,0

1981 Jun 21

WIN

79 kg /

173.9 lbs

Sarge Solignac

Paris, FRANCE

DECISION

5

BFS

International

BFS

 

1

4-0-0,0,0

1981 May 15

WIN

75 kg / 165 lbs

Pascal Leplat

Paris, FRANCE

DECISION

5

FNBA

Full-Contact

Daniel Renesson

 

1

3-0-0,0,0

1981 Mar 09

WIN

75 kg / 165 lbs

Alan Dixon

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

DECISION

3

NKBB

Asian

Thom Harinck

Jan Plas

 

1

2-0-0,0,0

1981 Jan 18

WIN

75 kg / 165 lbs

Tuncay Coban

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

DECISION

3

NKBB

Asian

Thom Harinck

Jan Plas

 

1

1-0-0,0,0

 

LEGEND


BFS – Fédération Française de Boxe Française-Savate

DECISION – three judges score for the winner

FFBAA – Fédération Nationale de Boxe Américaine

             et Disciplines Assimilées

MAJORITY DECISION – two judges score for the winner, one even

FNBA – Fédération Nationale de Boxe Américaine

             et Disciplines Assimilées

SPLIT DECISION – two judges score for the winner

IKL – International Kickboxing League

DRAW – the judges score for both contestants evenly

NKBB – Nederlandse Kick Boxing Bond

MAJORITY DRAW – two judges score evenly

STAR – Standardized Tournaments And Ratings System

SPLIT DRAW – one judge scores for each contestant, one even

WAKO – World Association of Kickboxing Organizations

TDRAW – technical draw (fight stopped without basis for a decision)

WKA – World Kickboxing Association

KO – knockout

 

KICK-KO (KKO) – kick-knockout

 

KICK-TKO(TKKO) – technical kick-knockout

 

TKO – technical knockout

 

NO-CONTEST – outcome officially set aside

 

NO-DECISION – competitive bout conducted without judges

 

M-WIN – official draw or no-decision in which the contemporaneous media sports reporters express a dominant opinion about who won

 

FORFEIT – opponent fails to compete














 

STAR Equalization Findings

For purposes of world-rated kickboxing competition and record keeping, STAR equalization findings differentiate between amateur and professional bouts, exclude bouts from other related combative sports (boxing, muay Thai, grappling), as well as arbitrate any peculiarities that occurred in the early and unruly era of kickboxing’s rapidly changing rules and uneven standards for fair competition. The STAR System had no interest in advancing one competitor over another and never interfered with a competitor’s official kickboxing record beyond the aforementioned distinctions.

 

*1 

Royers v Zenaf-2: IKL was initially intended as the professional arm of the amateur-based WAKO sanctioning group. Rules prohibited low kicks. The two competitors had fought two years earlier and knew each other’s technical style quite well. Royers pressed the fight while Zenaf backpedalled and countered. Neither competitor was ever hurt or in trouble. One STAR ring observer in France reported that a draw might have been a more appropriate outcome: Zenaf never dominated the bout. Also, Zenaf benefited greatly from fewer rounds and the hometown location.

 

In accordance with WKA rules, Royers immediately offered Zenaf a WKA world title shot at Royers’ normally lighter 160-pound middleweight division. Zenaf declined since he never trained for low kicks. Royers subsequently broke his arm during training, vacated his WKA world title effective January 1987, and retired from active competition.  Six months later, on 5 June 1987, Zenaf survived a harsh knockout that left him in a coma for several days following a losing IKL title defense against Christian Battesti.

*2

Royers v Tabata: WKA rules include low kicks, but prohibit striking-and-holding. Capacity audience of 5,000. Royers circled constantly to evade Tabata’s dangerous leg kicks and right cross then counterattacked with his own stinging jabs, low kicks and head-high round kicks. Tabata rallied briefly in the eighth round, connecting with a right. Royers fought back. The final round began with a 30-second ki-ya from Tabata to no avail: Royers won a clear decision.  Royers defeated the reigning undisputed STAR world champion and was immediately recognized as the new undisputed STAR world champion.

*3

Royers v LePlat-2: As the first WKA bout in France, the judges were unfamiliar with how to weigh low kicks for their round scores. They ignored low kicks altogether and initially awarded the decision to LePlat on the basis of more above-the-waist kicks.  A protest was filed with the WKA by Royers’ management. Royers, acting in his capacity of Director of WKA European Operations, ordered a videotape review of the bout by neutral senior judges. The outcome was reversed and WKA world headquarters in California officially awarded Royers with the decision and the European title.

*4

Royers v Paturel-2: Boxe Française et Savate rules parallel WKA rules: low kicks permitted, striking-and-holding prohibited. Competitors usually wear soft gym shoes and one-piece running suits.

*5

Royers v Bafhir-2: Rules permitted knees to the body as well as holding-and-striking. Initially judged as a draw, under immediate protest and videotape review, the outcome was changed to a decision for Royers.

*6

Royers v Chau: Part of the first WKA event in Europe. Kaman defeated John Moncayo for the WKA middleweight world title.  Royers broke both hands on his way to a close decision in a bout. In a February 1985 survey by Fighting Stars magazine (Black Belt magazine’s sister publication) of veteran ring watchers, this bout was mentioned among the best kickboxing bouts ever seen.

*7

Royers v Zenaf-1: FNBA rules parallel WAKO rules: low kicks and striking-and-holding prohibited.

*8

Royers v Davis: NKBB rules permit low kicks, knee strikes but elbows only to the body; restricts striking-and-holding.

 

Corroboration References

1

STAR Administrative Inquiry (1983). Personal testimonials by Fred Royers and Jan Plas

2

Corcoran, John (December 1994).The Martial Arts Sourcebook, Perennial, Harper Collins, New York, NY, Chapter 8

3

Maillet, Jean-Paul (No.121). “Royers-Zenaf: Zef Super Star”, Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 22-29

4

Maslak, Paul (June 1986). “OK’s Full Contact Report – Europe”, Official Karate magazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, p. 41

5

Maillet, J.P. (No. 120). “Le sacre du Gladiateur! Royers Champion du Monde”, Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 22-29

6

Maillet, Jean-Paul (No. 119). “Fred Royers: Pour qui sonne le glas?”, Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 34-37

7

Georges, Dominique (No. 98). “Rob Kaman champion du monde: Trois Rounds Pour La Gloire”, Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France,

pp. 30-45

8

Maslak, Paul (May 1986). “OK’s Full Contact Report – Europe”, Official Karate magazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, p. 62

9

Maslak, Paul (April 1986). “OK’s Full Contact Report – Europe”, Official Karate magazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, p. 41

10

Maslak, Paul (December 1985). “OK’s Full Contact Report – Europe”, Official Karate magazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, p. 41

11

Maslak, Paul (November 1985). “OK’s Full Contact Report – Europe”, Official Karate magazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, p. 41

12

Maslak, Paul (August 1985). “OK’s Full Contact Report: The 1985 Official Karate Kickboxing Hall of Fame – The Top Kickboxers of 1984”, Official Karate magazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, pp. 58, 60

13

Maslak, Paul (May 1984). “OK’s Full Contact Report – Europe”, Official Karate magazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, p. 41

14

Maslak, Paul (March 1984). “Rob Kaman Becomes Europe’s First World Champion”, KICK Illustrated magazine, CFW Enterprises, Inc., Burbank, CA, USA, pp. 20-22.

15

Wilson, Jim and Hanson, Howard (October 1983). “WKA Report – WKA Overseas”, Official Karate magazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, p. 43

16

Maillet, J.P. (No. 95). “Royers Bat Zenaf”, Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 22-26

17

Gaillac, Rolland (No. 94). “Du beau monde…”, Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 18-21

18

Georges, Dominique (No. 94). “Zef: ‘Le combat le plus important de ma carrier” (cover story), Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France,

pp. 22-23

19

Maillet, Jean-Paul (No. 93). “En attendant Zenaf…” (cover story), Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 29-45

20

Dankert, E. (Jaargang 1, Nr. 6, 1982). “Savate – de Fransen onttroond” (cover story), Zendokan magazine, Holam Groep, Amsterdam, Netherlands,

pp. 24-25

21

Wilson, Jim and Hanson, Howard (March 1983). “WKA Report”, Official Karatemagazine, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, p. 45, 60

22

“Celebrity Survey: It Was the Best Fight I Ever Saw!” (February 1985). Fighting Stars magazine, pp. 53-55, 60-61, 64

22

Personal testimonial by Fred Royers (2011)

 

Video Links (availability subject to change)         

Video-1

Fred Royers v Youssef Zenaf-2 – rounds 1-3 (1985)

Video-2

Fred Royers v Youssef Zenaf-2 – rounds 4-5 (1985)

Video-3

Fred Royers v Youssef Zenaf-2 – rounds 6-8½ (1985)

Video-4

Fred Royers v Youssef Zenaf-2 – rounds 8½ -9 (1985)

Video-5

Fred Royers v Larry Nichols (1984)

Video-6

Fred Royers v Youssef Zenaf-1 – rounds 1-3 (1983)

Video-7

Fred Royers v Youssef Zenaf-1 – rounds 4-7 (1983)

 

Other References

·         Fred Royer’s website

·         Trefeu, Serge (2010). “Interview of Fred Royers”, SiamFightMag.com

·         Royers, Fred and Maillet, Jean-Paul (1987). Kick Boxing: Stratégies et Techniques, Sedirep publishers, Geneva, Switzerland

(ISBN-10: 2901551459, ISBN-13: 978-2901551454)

·         NBC-TV (USA), 1984

·         Jeffrey, Douglas (April 1994). “’The Jet’ Nearly Shot Down in ‘Farewell’ Victory”, Black Belt magazine (digitized by Google Books), pp. 18-23

·         Maslak, Paul (January 1988). “AK’s Kickboxing Report: My Favorite Kickboxers”, American Karate magazine, Condor Books, Inc., New York, NY, USA,

pp. 58, 66

·         Maslak, Paul (Summer 1986). “OK’s Full Contact Report: Kickboxing Hall of Fame – Runner-Up Fighters of the Year 1986”, Official Karate Yearbook, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, p. 13-15

·         Maslak, Paul (July 1986). “OK’s Full Contact Report: Kickboxing Hall of Fame – Runner-Up Fighters of the Year 1986”, Official Karate, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, p. 41

·         Maslak, Paul (1985). “Full-Contact Karate: Down for the Count or Headed for the Big Time?”, Black Belt Yearbook magazine, Rainbow Publications, Inc, Burbank, CA, USA, pp. 24-29, 121-122

·         Royers, Fred and Maslak, Paul (May 1984). “An Exclusive Interview with Rob ‘The Adonis’ Kaman: Europe’s New World Middleweight Champion” (cover story), Official Karate, Charlton Publications, Inc., New York, NY, USA, pp. 18-22.

·         Maillet, Jean-Paul (No. 140). “Interview Fred Royers” (cover story), Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 30-37

·         Georges, Dominique (No. 86). “Quand Deux Champions Se Rencontrent”, Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 60-64

·         Maillet, Jean-Paul (No. 76). “Fred Royers: Le Gladiateur” (cover story), Karate magazine, Des Editions du Monde, Paris, France, pp. 46-51