Back in February It's Showtime World Heavyweight Champion Hesdy Gerges was arrested for possible involvement in drug trafficking. Hesdy's brother as well as a friend were arrested in Belgium last year with over 120 kilos of cocaine when the case reached a bit of a dead end. Gerges, who was questioned last year but not charged in the case became a suspect again earlier this year, which almost got in the way of his big bout with Daniel Ghita in March.
According to de Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper renowned for it's questionable material took the straight and narrow on this article, with very little editorializing. The issue is straight forward enough; Authorities in Belgium will get a chance to question and possibly detain Hesdy Gerges as Dutch Authorities have granted Gerges to be extradited to Belgium.
Of course the crux of this matter for kickboxing fans is not only Gerges' innocence, but that he has a bout coming up at It's Showtime at the Sand in Amsterdam against Chris Knowles. Gerges' legal problems once again come dangerously close to an It's Showtime main event featuring Hesdy Gerges, leaving It's Showtime in another possible jam. We can only hope that this matter is sorted out promptly and in time for It's Showtime at the Sand. [HT: Brent Ducharme]
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His second novel, Terminus Cycle, launches on March 24th.