August 24th, 2000

Kickboxer Andy Hug
Passes At 35...


On the 24th of August 2000, Andy Hug died unexpectedly as a result of leukaemia. This tragic misfortune came so quickly that it left a lot of questions unanswered for those people who loved him and it was correspondingly difficult for them to accept this fate.

This unforeseen event shook everyone. For the fighters too, it cast a dark shadow over the year. The fans saw in him the embodiment of martial arts ideals. Andy's demands on his style of combat represented a striving for perfection. He fought for that which was apparently unachievable and was stimulated more than ever by obstacles and difficulties. Fighting was his life – career, art and philosophy in one.

Thousands of fans paid their last respects to him at his funeral. With his passing, a great martial arts exponent and a great man had been lost.

It is already very difficult to find more and more fighters who can keep up with this weight class.

However, Andy was more than just a successful competitor. His Japanese fans had respected him and recognized him as an ambassador for their own culture.

THURSDAY, August 24th, 2000, AT 7:20 PM

Andy Hug
Died Today In Tokyo

From Brian Ritchie's , AX Website via Zach Arnold's article, posted on website's message board.
Mr. Arnold wrote the article to be posted on Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer web site. Thank You All.

Andy Hug, the famous K-1 kickboxer, died today at a Tokyo hospital at 6:21 PM JST (5:21 AM EST) from acute myeloid leukemia & bone marrow disease.

He was only 35 years old.

At the beginning of August, Hug had been complaining to doctors about attacks of hot fevers in his hospital. In fact, there were over 39 incidents in which Hug was suffering hot fever attacks. Hug immediately rushed home to Switzerland on 8/15 and Hug's personal physician found a swelling tumor on the left side of Hug's neck. When the tumor was found, Hug's personal physician immediately declared the tumor to be malignant and a result from leukemia. Hug was rushed to a Tokyo hospital on 8/19 after suffering more feverish heat attacks.

Chemotherapy was immediate started by doctors on Hug. However, one of the big warning messages that doctors had told Hug was that since he was suffering from heart and/or circulation problems that the chemotherapy had a very high chance of backfiring and destroying Hug's body for good. After starting chemotherapy, Hug suffered hemorrhaging of the brain and inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia), combined with an extremely high fever.

Yesterday, Hug (age 35) fell into a deep state of unconsciousness (a coma), and was immediately placed on a life support machine. After one day of life support, he died in a Tokyo hospital. He showed the classic physical symptoms of leukemia to his friends, his family, and his doctors.

Hug, who had a "Swiss retirement" fight on June 3rd in Switzerland, had planned on having a retirement match in Japan in the near future. Hug's appearance for K-1's 10/9 Fukuoka Marine Messe show has been immediately cancelled.

Hug was the current the WKA World Muay-Thai Super Heavyweight Champion.

He was born in 1964 in Switzerland, was nicknamed "Iron Man" by K-1 after his dominating performances as a kickboxer. He made his pro-debut for K-1 in 1992, and participated in several Grand Prix shows, including a big match against Mike Bernardo (South Africa) in the 1996 GP tournament.

A Message From The

Shocked and distressed about the sudden death of Andy Hug we say good-bye to one of the most popular and charismatic sportsmen of Switzerland. We've lost a great sportsman and precious person, but most of all a good friend. We will commemorate him and will care for the continuity of his lifework.

Board of directors, management and colleagues of First Promotion AG, Liestal/Switzerland, Liestal/Tokyo, 24. August 2000

Andy Hug
Gym Seidoo Kaikan, Birth Year 09-07-64, Height 180 cm, Weight 98.1 or 215.8 lbs
Nationality: Swiss, Country: Switzerland.

  • Andy Hug was
    • The first Swiss national to advance to the world's top ranking in Kyokushinkai Karate.
    • The first non-Asian to achieve entry to a world championship final.
    • The first non-Asian to become professional world champion in full-contact karate
    • The first karate fighter able to hold his own against the best kick and Thai boxers.
    • The first martial arts fighter with a karate background to win the K-1 Grand Prix.
  • Titles won
    • K-1 World Grand Prix Champion - 1996
    • K-1 World Grand Prix Finalist - 1997, 1998
    • K-1 World Grand Prix Last 8 - 1994, 1999
    • UKF World Super Heavyweight Champion 1994
    • WMTC World Super Heavyweight Champion
    • WKA World Muay Thai Super Heavyweight Champion 1996
    • WKA European Muay Thai Super Heavyweight Champion 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

We'd like to thank Cory Mellquist for doing such a fantastic job in making this tribute to Andy Hug and allowing us to post it here on the IKF Pages.

Some of the information on this site
was attained from a GREAT website on Andy.
Go to

As well as this address to the same site

Wikipedia Page


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K1 - Best Of Andy Hug - Part 2 by mart

Andy Hug Legendary Highlights by Johan Lofgren

"Know yourself, keep yourself under control, understand yourself, steel yourself, cleanse your mind and keep your body fit."
Andy Hug, 1997

"You are Gods Champion Now!"