Apr 3, 2022

Jerome Canabate

The first big name kickboxer from Switzerland was Jerome Canabate. His fights in Geneva and Lausanne drew large crowds of fight fans.

Jeromo Canabate is a Spanish kickboxer based in Lausanne, Switzerland who was an active fighter in the late 1970ies until the early 1990ies. Jerome and his brother Johnny are the first professional kickboxing stars in Switzerland.

Birthdate: 5/26/59
Instructors – Karate: Luciano Kietneswski; Kung-fu: Willy Phan Loi
Weight Division: Featherweight (ISKA)
Record: Pro: 30-2, 25 KOs; Amateur: 135-11

1986 ISKA World Featherweight Champion
1986 PKA/ISKA European Bantamweight Champion
1981-1985 EPKA European Champion
1979 WAKO European Featherweight Champion
1980 Swiss Superlightweight Professsional Boxing Champion (63.5 kg)
Accomplishments: ISKA European Technical Director
Favorite Movies: Raging Bull; Rocky; The Delta Force
Favorite Movie Stars: Chuck Norris; Robert DeNiro
Favorite Sports Personality: Diego Maradona (soccer)
Favorite Recording Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Favorite Hobby: Walking
Favorite Book: Ghandhi
Favorite Magazines: Karate (French language); The Fighter; The Ring(boxing)
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Martial Artists: John Chung; Dennis Alexio
Toughest Opponent: Jorge Angat; Gilbert Ballantine (in that order)
Biggest Gripe About Martial Arts: Too much bickering between styles about which is better.
Greatest Ambition: To see kickboxing in Europe become more popular and organized, with more top title bouts held in Europe.

Jerome Canabate

Jerome Canabate celebrating his win over Jorge Angat in Lausanne, 1987.

Fred Rojers

Inside Canabate’s dojo: Dutch kickboxing and karate champion Fred Rojers giving a seminar for students of the National Sporting Club of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Malibu Beach in 1987: Jerome Canabate with Bill Wallace (right)  who shows him around Los Angeles area in his vintage Ford Mustang convertible.

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