The Impossible Knockouts and The Tragic Story of Andy Hug

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Andreas "Andy" Hug, born on 7 September 1964 and passing away on 24 August 2000, was a Swiss karateka and kickboxer known for competing in the heavyweight division. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers of all time due to his ability to perform various kicking techniques not commonly seen in high-level competition. Despite being smaller than most of his opponents, standing at 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) and weighing around 98.0 kg (216.1 lb; 15.43 st) at his prime, Hug compensated for his lack of size with his remarkable athleticism and speed. As a southpaw, he was known for his signature kicks such as the axe kick and the "Hug Tornado", a low spinning heel kick targeting his opponents' thighs.
Hug had setbacks in his career but also achieved remarkable victories, including winning the K-1 Grand Prix '96 by finishing opponent Mike Bernardo with the "Hug Tornado" in the final. He continued to be a top contender in K-1 tournaments, reaching the final of the K-1 World Grand Prix twice more in 1997 and 1998, and becoming a three-time world champion under Muay Thai rules.
In August 2000, Hug fell ill and was diagnosed with acute leukemia while training in Japan. He passed away a week later in Tokyo at the age of 35. His unexpected death shocked the martial arts world, and he continues to be remembered as a legendary figure in kickboxing and knockdown karate. Hug was also highly recognized for his articulate, humble, and dedicated personality. 
He was ranked at #79 on The Top 100 Historical Persons in Japan, a television program aired on Nippon Television in 2006.
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