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Hug bids farewell with a win

Kickboxing super heavyweight world champion, Andy Hug, (left) successfullly defends his title Keystone

The Swiss kickboxing world champion, Andy Hug, has bowed out of competitive fighting in Switzerland with a points win in five rounds over the Croat, Mirko Filipovic, in his sixth defence of the title.

This content was published on June 4, 2000 - 11:23

36-year old Hug held his ground at the centre of the ring from the start, and dominated the bout with a variety of moves, including the famous "Andy kick". Filipovic remained on the defensive for most of the fight, only taking the initiative in the fourth round.

Hug announced his retirement from the ring well before Saturday's bout at Zurich's Hallenstadion. He ends his career, which has spanned two decades, as kickboxing world champion in the super heavyweight division.

His skill as a fighter has won him many accolades, including the honorary title of "Samurai" in Japan. Hug plans to move back to Japan, where he will spend the next year exhibition fighting. He will also be pursuing his career as an actor, enrolling at a drama school in Tokyo.

Hug is credited with making kickboxing popular in Switzerland and being an inspiration to other fighters, including another Swiss world champion on the bill, Marino Deflorin. The 32-year old darling of the public successfully defended his title in middleweight division against Japan's Takayuki Kohiruimaki.

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