For over a year now we've been hearing news of the possible retirement of Remy Bonjasky. The 3 time K-1 Grand Prix champion started talking retirement in early 2010, citing a recurring eye injury that has required multiple surgeries and threatens his long-term vision. He's been on the sidelines for well over a year now, having not fought since the 2009 GP, instead taking jobs as a host for It's Showtime events, a celebrity ice skater, and running his gym.
This past weekend, Kombat.ro caught up with Bonjasky at an event and asked him about his future plans. For fans of The Flying Dutchman, the news was not good:
"It's a small chance I will return to the ring... maybe, you never know. If the money's right, I'll be there."
Earlier this year, It's Showtime's Simon Rutz told us that he tried to set up a retirement fight for Bonjasky last year, but the money Remy asked for was too high. Since It's Showtime isn't willing to pay, and given K-1's financial troubles, I think we've likely seen the end of the line for Bonjasky. It's a shame that he may go out without one final fight, as his last was an unimpressive, largely forgotten showing against Semmy Schilt. Bonjasky has a lot of detractors, but he's one of K-1's all time greats, and deserves a bigger farewell.
Also of note - Bonjasky ends the interview with one more dig at his rival Badr Hari. The interviewer asks Remy about Bogdan Stoica, who defeated Bonjasky's student at the event, saying Ray Sefo and Mighty Mo called Stoica the next Badr Hari. Remy's response: "I hope not... he doesn't respect the rules, and I hope this guy will respect the rules."
Watch the full interview here.