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Ernesto Hoost

Updated: 2010-01-27
Ernesto Hoost


Country Netherlands Age 51
Club Team Mr. Perfect Height 189 cm / 6'3"
Style Kickboxing Weight 108 kg / 238 lbs
Website http://www.ernestohoost.nl/ Categories WGP

* 1990 IKBF Light Heavyweight World Champion * 1990 ISKA Light Heavyweight World Champion * K-1 World Grand Prix 1993 Finalist * K-2 World Grand Prix 1993 Champion * K-1 World Grand Prix 1997 Champion * K-1 World Grand Prix 1999 Champion * K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 in Nagoya Finalist * K-1 World Grand Prix 2000 Champion * K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 in Melbourne Champion * K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Champion * K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 3rd Place

Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 73 58 36 14 1
Other Fights 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 73 79% 49% 19% 1


Ernesto "Mr. Perfect" Hoost (born July 11, 1965) is a Dutch kickboxer and four-time K-1 World Champion from The Netherlands. He made his debut in 1993 at the K-1 World Grand Prix 1993, where he came just one win short of the world title. He indicated his retirement from the K-1 Grand Prix in 2006.

Biography & Career

Ernesto Hoost put on his first pair of boxing gloves at the age of 15. Until then his big passion had been soccer, He played in the inter-regional class for his local club Hollandia in Hoorn which had a strong youth team.. Ernesto loved the game but wasn't cut out to be a team player and didnt like the fact that he was dependent on others for success.

Ernesto was 15 when he started going to Thai boxing classes at the Sokundo gym. He trained for six years and it was here that he fought his first C-class contests. His first fight against Wim Scharrenberg was unforgettable. Ernesto finished off the well-known karate fighter in the second round and he went on to win almost all his next eight fights in KO's, propelling him to the A-Class in no time at all.

His career accelerated rapidly from 1988. He won titles in the Savate system and in Muay Thai and had become a full-time pro. He had given up his job as a sports instructor in a rehab program for delinquent teens after eight years to concentrate on his fighting career. Although he enjoued his job, he could no longer combine the two. Apart from the Netherlands, he has fought in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, and the USA.

In 1993, in his first K-1 World Grand Prix, in quarterfinals Hoost defeated Peter Aerts by decision, knocked out Maurice Smith in semis and advanced to the tournament finals where he was knocked out by Branko Cikatic. Hoost got another shot at a title on December 19, 1993, when he won the K-2 World Championship, knocking out Changpuek Kiatsongrit in four rounds. This was the only time the K-1 organization held a K-2 tournament.

Hoost reached the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals again in 1995, but lost to Peter Aerts by a four round decision. He went on to win every fight the remainder of that year. In 1996, he lost at the K-1 World Grand Prix 1996 finals to Andy Hug by a four round split decision. He finally became K-1 World Champion in 1997 when he beat Hug by a three-round unanimous decision.

Hoost won his first title defense at the K-1 World Grand Prix 1998 tournament, but in a semifinals was knocked out in a second round by Australian Sam Greco.

In 1999, Hoost won his second K-1 World Grand Prix title, beating Mirko Filipović by technical knockout in the third round. On April 23, 2000 he avenged his loss to Greco when he beat him by a technical knockout.

Hoost retained the K-1 World Grand Prix Championship title for third time in 2000 by defeating Ray Sefo. By then, many K-1 fans were hoping for a meeting between Hoost and Bob Sapp. Hoost returned to defend his crown in 2001 defeating Stefan Leko. However, he was forced to retire from the tournament due to an injured shin before the semi-finals.

The highly anticipated fight with Bob Sapp came at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Eliminations. Sapp won by a first round knockout after the doctor stopped the match on cuts. Despite the loss he was again matched up with Sapp in the quarter finals of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002. After knocking Sapp down in first round, Hoost lost to Sapp again in a wild slugfest by second round KO.

After the fight Sapp however, had broken his hand and suffered four cracked ribs and wasn't able to continue, allowing Hoost to replace him in the semi-finals. Hoost beat Ray Sefo in first round by TKO, after Sefo damaged his shin against Hoost's kneecap. Hoost proceeded to his fifth K-1 Finals, and was matched up against Jerome Le Banner. The fight was competitive up until the third and final round when Le Banner injured his arm blocking Hoost's kick. Hoost aggressively attacked the arm, forcing Le Banner down twice more, winning by TKO and his forth Grand Prix Championship. Le Banner suffered a severe compound fracture, putting him out of competition for over a year.

In addition to his Grand Prix titles Ernesto Hoost fought a number of Super fights. In 2005 he was again in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 finals, in which he lost to the eventual Grand Prix champion Remy Bonjasky.

In 2006, Hoost declared that he would fight his last tournament in K-1. In the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006, Hoost was defeated in the semi-finals by Semmy Schilt. An emotional Hoost was met with a standing ovation from the audience as he left the arena.

Hoost, who is well known in the Netherlands, is also a celebrity in Japan, where many of his fights have taken place. He has also fought in Australia, France and the United States, among other countries.

Nowadays Hoost is living in the town of Hoorn, together with his wife and children. Hoost' family is originally from Suriname.

Hoost speaks 5 Languages including his mother tongue Dutch.

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Jules (12 posts)
Posted: 2006-11-27 at: 10:18
Good info! Also dig the video - it´s one of the better highligtvideos I´d say!
Kum Dexa (98 posts)
Posted: 2007-03-14 at: 08:32
yea, the video is great, i have updated the fight info...
TOTCD (47 posts)
Posted: 2007-10-21 at: 12:30
yeah he is the best K-1 fighter ever
Nejc (136 posts)
Posted: 2007-12-22 at: 10:25
legend, 4-time K1 gp champ. I just hope Schilt won't break Ernesto's record. I really dislike Schilt..
Sidekick (492 posts)
Posted: 2008-04-04 at: 07:26
Nejc, mee too....I mean doesn't belong in this devision...should be Super heavy weight devision for these guys...
But, good fighter though!
rene (42 posts)
Posted: 2008-05-12 at: 02:14
Always been my favorite back in those days
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-09 at: 09:06
K-1 legend is egnouf said for me.
Sidekick (492 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-15 at: 12:11
Yeah....what this man achieved is incredible! He is a real warrior to me!
Ali (322 posts)
Posted: 2008-11-26 at: 06:48
wathcing this guy fight is a thing of beauty, I see why he earned the name
mr. perfect. His combos are unstoppable, 1...2...liver...leg kick, awesome
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