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Summary 2017
2017 was very successful for Baas Sports Curacao with great results. We had a lot of international guests that visited Curacao, some great events like Honor Fight League, A tribute to Hubert Zimmerman, Fighters of the Caribbean, Referee course boxing, etc.

Jemyma "The Golden Girl" Betrian gave a special training at Baas Sports Curacao. Jemyma, born in Curacao in 1991, is multiple world champion and European champion Muay Thai and kickboxing. She also won the European Pro-Boxing title and is active in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).


Khalid Redouani @ Baas Sports Curacao. Khalid Redouani trained at Baas in Haarlem before Baas went to Curacao in August 2001. Khalid was very successful in competitions and won a lot of Thai boxing fights. Khalid still trains at Gym Haarlem under supervision of Riduan El Assrouti.

March 2017 we had a group of great people from Amsterdam at Baas Sports Curacao.
Roel Mannaart and Sharon Mannaart are son and daughter of the well-known former world champion Andre Mannaart from Mejiro gym Amsterdam. Both, Roel and Sharon, are very successful in Thai-kickboxing competitions. A-class fighter and trainer Roel Mannaart just came from the USA where he was invited to train with former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
Rachel Adamus from Vos Gym Amsterdam is also an A-class fighter and won the World title in Muay Thai. Jamal Baali is like the others a Personal trainer.
March 6th Roel Mannaart gave a special guest training in the typical Mejiro gym style at Baas Sports.

Other guests in the first quarter of 2017 were Carlos Yvel (Team Yvel Suriname), Dennis Rock (Rock Gym NL) and Kader Benali (Benali gym NL).

May 13 2017 Ginuwine Mercelina (Baas Sports Curacao) won @ MMA Caribbean. For Marc Flameling (49,5 kg) there was no opponent. Grego Scharbaai did an exhibition bout with former world champion Renato Haseth.

May 22nd 2017 the following Martial Kids from Baas Sports Curacao graduated.
Yellow; Jewel-Anne Candelaria, Zane Mercelina, Liv Jacobs, Phoenix Strobos, Hanshal Aswani, Melle van de Looij, Tyrone Virginia, Diordan Symor, Boris Jaeqx, Capar Jaeqx, Jean-Rae Rafaela
Orange: Jaylen Sandy, Jaydon Dania, Gunnar Sendar, Ajeandro Rafaela
Green; Zidane Candelaria, Vincent Bakker, Maarten Rats


With the HONOR Fight League we had a lot of international guests in Curacao.
Pictures above: May 23 the referees and judges of CUMAFE got a refreshment training by Former champion Youssef Akhnikh, who is a highly-skilled referee of the WMTA and FOG section ringcontactsports (recognized by NOC*NSF). Also photos of Youssef Akhnikh in action as referee in Sint Maarten 2011 (weighing Jean-Louis Ignatius from Baas Sports Curacao and during a fight of Jemyma Betrian), World Fighting League in Almere and at Super Combat in Romania.
Pictures below: Former world kickboxing champion Mousid Akhamrane gave a free seminar May 25th at Mambo beach boulevard.
Mousid is very successful as trainer of his school, Mousid gym in Amsterdam, and trained many champions, too many to mention.
The ones that are known in Curacao, are; Denise Kielholtz, Redouan Cairo and D'Angelo Marshall.
Other guests: Mounir Majdoubi and his team Ajuau & Etta Gym NL, Redouan Cairo (Mousid gym NL), Domelzo Schet and his coach Widjai Thakoer (Team Yvel Suriname), Abdulkader "Abdi" Mohamoud and his coach Vincent Latoel (Tatsujin Dojo NL), Team Venezuela with fighters Carlos Salazar, Kevin Cardenas, Edwuard Perez and coaches Pablo Diaz, Antonio Jose Castillo Robles, Pieribella Spisso Clemente, Scott Marion (USA), Julian Nooij (Youssefit, NL), from Aruba; Ryan Tromp, Bruniel Kruidhof and coach Roony Boye.

The fighters of Baas Sports Curacao showed who were De Vechters Baas @ HONOR Fight League, May 27 2017 @ SDK.
Eli van Nierop won his MMA fight against Joey Gogulski (Pro-Fit) by submission in the 2nd round. In Thai-boxing Ginuwine Mercelina won Aruba by RSC in the 1st round. Grego Scharbaai won The Netherlands by unanimous decision. Grego's opponent was undefeated till this moment.


In the third quarter of 2017 we had the following guests @ Baas Sports; Pablo Diaz & Carlos Salazar (Venezuela), Jairo Chaudharie (Rashid Exellent NL), Simon v.d. Veen (Team v/d Veen NL) and former students/Baas Fighters Johar Buxani, Maurits Hennen and Denzel Maria who all live in The Netherlands right now.

Denzel Maria had some fights this year and won all of them. May 20 he won @ the Bari gym event in the 2nd round by KO with a Superman punch. In the months July and August Denzel was in Curacao an trained at Baas Sports. October 14 Denzel won his fight @ Road 2 Victory II. Denzel shows that he's proud where he comes from and poses every-time with the flag of Curacao.

September 2017 Edwin Baas was invited to come to Trinidad as referee of the ISKA title fight between the champions Mauricio Maciel (Brazil) and Rodney Ramlal (Trinidad & Tobago).

The Curacao Boxing Association (CuraBox) organized September 30 2017 @ Sala Errol Rooi - SDK Brievengat 'A Tribute to Ibi Zimmerman" with participation of boxers from the following teams; Baas Sports, Profit, Attaf Fighting Factory, Jab Jab Kòrsou, Kamakura, Curacao Fighting School, No Limit Boxing Team, Red Hawk and Bonaire.
All of the Baas Sports boxers that participated won their bouts. Ginuwine Kwidama, Jonah Kleiboer, Novien Bartholomeus, Jerry Alberto were all victorious.

Hubert "Ibi" Zimmerman, born in 1951, started boxing at the age of 15 years with friends and family. He is one of the founders of Boca Boxing Club in 1966 and also one of the trainers.
As one of the first international boxing champions from Curacao, he has the best record. According boxrec.com he has 22 victories and 5 losses. In reality he has more than 30 victories because not all the bouts are registered.
In 1974 he made his professional debut in and won many Championship title belts like; the Curacao title, the Kingdom title, the Inter-Americana title and in 1988 in US Virgin Islands the IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title.
Ibi's last two bouts were against two well-known major champions from Holland. In 1981 Ibi won European Champion Pedro van Raamsdonk by Knock-Out. In 1992 he lost during his last bout against World Champion "Fast Eddy" Smulders (that time undefeated).
Other boxers Ibi won were; Joaquin Baez, Fernando Cariaso, Francisco Pena, Armando Grueso, Teremoto Navarro, J.D. Montana, Tomas Polo Ruiz (3x), Young Martin, Jorge Espin, Modesto Maduro, Roy Flanders, Easy Boy Michael (2x), Bonny McKenzie, Drago Umicevic, Hendrik Seys, Mandu Refait, Cemal Curnaczan, Baba Quami, Kid Morales, Juan Castro, Pedro Castro, Orlando Mercelina, Kid Gordon and more. Opponents came from Turkey, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia And Herzegovina, United Kingdom, Jamaica, France, Algeria, Aruba, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad And Tobago, USA, Sint Maarten, Italy, Chili, Egypt and The Netherlands. The bouts took place in Curacao, the Netherlands, France, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, US Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, etc.
The Zimmerman family from Boca Sami is known as a boxing family. Ibi’s younger brothers Jesus “Chucu” Zimmerman (1957) and Marcelo “Cheo” Zimmerman (1964) were also successful pro-boxers.
Chucu made his debut in 1974 and with 18 wins and 3 losses (according boxrec.com) he fought his last fight 1988, when he won for the 2nd time Ivan “Kid Samuco” Conradus. Cheo debuted in 1988 and had a record of 17 wins and 4 losses (according boxrec.com).







In WTC (World Trade Center) there were dufferent events, like a sports congress organized by FDDK (Fundashon Desaroyo Deportivo Korsou), an Expo/bodybuilding competitions September 17 (where we did exhibitions in boxing, kickboxing, grappling and MMA), world championships WIKF. At the last event on October 8 and 9 Baas met karate legend John Reeberg (in the middle of the photo at the right), who became world champion 40 years ago (1977). When Dudley Josepa (at the left) came to The Netherlands (also more than 30 years ago) he faced John at his first tournament in NL. In 1988 Dudley also became world champion karate.

Strongman Champions League (World's strongest man competition) at Mambo beach Curacao, October 8 and 9. From The Netherlands Alex Moonen and from Curacao Marionchelo Soleana and Abdallah Khatib. The Extreme Power Competition took place in June at Parasasa Beach.

Very pleased that my brother Murat Ilgen came to Curacao. Murat my training-partner since 1991 @ Taekyon Haarlem, my schoolmate, we traveled the whole world for competitions and vacation. We worked together Cagla Market, zwarte markt Beverwijk, etc. Murat also represented Baas Gym Haarlem in Thai-kickboxing with success. Pics below some nice memories from the past. At the left with Ali Yuksel in Efes Turkey at the right at Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Holendrecht). Murat still trains at Gym Haarlem under supervision of Riduan El Assrouti.


Fight Card
MT 3x2 min. C Ginuwine Kwidama (57.7 kg, 17 yr) Baas Sports Curacao vs Joey Gogulski (58.3 kg, 16 yr) Pro-Fit Curacao
MT 3x2 min.Bob van Neutegem (62.5 kg, 17 yr) Pro-Fit Curacao vs Edinio Gijsberg (60.2 kg, 18 yr) Simson gym Suriname
MT 3x2 min. Danny Matos Puello (69.0 kg, 25 yr) Curacao Fighting School vs TBA
MT 3x2 min. Jonathan de Wind (68.9 kg, 28 yr) Kamakura Curacao vs Boisfer Bryan (69.8 kg, 19 yr) Lamentin Martinique
MT 3x2 min. Christopher Eliott (74.1 kg, 19 yr) Pro-Fit Curacao vs Joey Banai (74.6 kg, 21 yr) Simson gym Suriname
MT 3x2 min. Arley Landburg (77.5 kg, 34 yr) Kamakura Curacao vs Raphinio Richaards (77.9 kg, 23 yr) Simson gym Suriname
MMA-AM 3x3 min. Robin Housen (79.0 kg, 25 yr) Pro-Fit Curacao vs Dave Sookhoo (79.0 kg, 30 yr) Curacao Fighting School
MMA-PRO 3x5 min. Grego Scharbaai (71.4 kg, 23 yr) Baas Sports Curacao vs Antonio Jose Castillo Robles (72.9 kg, 23 yr) VWF Venezuela
MT-B 3x3 min. Brandon Fos (67.7 kg, 23 yr) Curacao/ Days gym NL vs Angel Leonardo Curvelo Ramos (68.2 kg, 23 yr) VWF Venezuela
MT-A 5x3 min. Cedric Bacuna (71.8 kg, 40 yr) Curacao/ Hemmers gym NL vs Jonasky Sojo La Maquina (71.5 kg, 30 yr) VWF Venezuela

Next Generation Warriors organized the 2017 edition of "Fighters of the Caribbean" October 21st, supervised by CUMAFE (Curacao Martial Arts Federation).
The main event was not only a high level one, but also a very special one.
YDK (Yiu di Korsou) Cedric Bacuna (40) who fought worldwide more than 80 Muay Thai and kickboxing fights, fought his farewell fight on his own island, su dushi Korsou.
Cedric won many great fighters, like the world champion Wanlop Sitpholek (Thailand), multiple world champion L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni and the Championship belt of the WMTA (World Muay Thai Association) in the A-class Middleweight (-72,5 kg.).
Most of the times fighters get an easy opponent for their farewell fight, but Cedric's opponent is not an easy one at all. Jonasky Sojo La Maquina is a professional fighter from Venezuela, undefeated in Thai-kickboxing with 15 victories and 1 draw, in MMA 7 wins and 3 losses, in boxing 11 victories and only 1 defeat and in Sanda (Chinese kickboxing) 25 wins and 2 losses.
YDK Brandon Fos (Days gym NL) is starring in the co-main event, a B-class fight Muay-Thai.

Grego Scharbaai (72 kg, 23 years) of Baas Sports Curacao made MMA pro debut against Venezuelan Antonio Jose Castillo Robles (70 kg, 23 years), which had that moment already seven professional MMA fights and a Muay Thai record of 5 wins and 1 loss.
Grego Scharbaai fought twice an amateur MMA fight in the cage, but fought more bouts in the ring as a boxer (4) and as Thai-kickboxer (5). Scharbaai recently made a good impression by convincingly defeating his opponent from the Netherlands in Thai boxing bout during the Honor Fight League.



Edwin Baas gave various aggression management trainings in Curacao and Bonaire. On the pics below some of the classes in 2017 @ IFE.

Howard Komproe came this year twice to give a show. He brought other comedians. actors, friends to train @ Baas Sports, like: Everon Jackson Hooi, Jetty Mathurin and Steffen Chocolaad.

November 8 Self defense training for students of Abel Tasman College.
November 12 Curt Winklaar (Baas Sports) finished as first @ the long distance @ Kaminata FDOK rumbo pa weganan Sentro Amerikano i de Karibe 2018

November 2017 AIBA 3 star referee James Beckles from Trinidad & Tobago gave a 6-days during course for referees and judges of the Curacao Boxing Association (CuraBox). 3 stars is the highest level of the international boxing association AIBA and Mr. Beckles is without a doubt the best in the Caribbean if it comes to refereeing, judging and sharing his knowledge and experience.
Edwin Baas, president of the Curacao Boxing Association, is very satisfied. Next to the participants that graduated, he’s also grateful towards the boxers that did a great job during the bouts for the practical exams. Joey Gogulski, Grego Scharbaai, Ginuwine Mercelina, Ray Maharaj, Curlyson Winklaar, Jack Denzel Mc Aully, Chris Elliott and Davino de Palm.
Graduated are: Redferne Regales, Edmond Lodowica, Jonathan Symor, Willem Falter, Charlton Donker, Gideon Jonker, Chinka Olario, Gilbert Girigori, Della Leito, Erwin Kleiboer and Edwin Baas.
This course was made possible by financial support of FDOK (Federashon Deporte i Olímpiko Korsou).

December 21st Luigi Kwas gave a special guest training @ Baas Sports.

And last but not least. In 2017 Baas made boxing/fighting more accessible to more people.
People with disabilities, like the ones who use wheelchairs, have the same needs as everyone else. With “FightAble VechtersBaas” we help to satisfy those needs and under the right supervision they get the exercise their bodies require and the confidence they need to succeed in different aspects of life.
We don’t focus on the disabilities, we focus on the abilities because there is so much they CAN do.


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