Dirk Kuyt ended his playing days in 2018, ending a standout career that brought him success in the Eredevisie, premier league and turkish Super League. He was part of the liverpool team that finished second Champions League in 2007 and 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Today he works as an expert on Dutch television.
At 41, Kuyt decided to take on a new challenge. This autumn he will enter the ring for the first time. Dutch daily Algemen Dagblad (AD) reports that the ex-player has accepted an offer to fight at the ‘Hit it’ event, promoted by kickboxer Rico Verhoeven which will take place in rotterdam in October. The world heavyweight champion will be back in action in October and Kuyt’s fight will be one of the teasers for the event leading up to the title fight. Organizers have yet to confirm which celebrity will rival the ex.liverpool and Feyenoord the player will take charge.
“As a former footballer, I know what it’s like to compete in a big stadium. It’s been four years since I quit football. And, of course, it’s been a while since I’ve felt that tension and that rush of adrenaline to win a match. I’ve practiced a lot of other sports, like tennis, padel and fitness. But stepping into a boxing ring is something completely new for me So I’m really looking forward to fighting another celebrity. Now I have to start training hard,” Kuyt explained on Humberto Tan’s talk show.
Many players have donned the gloves during their one-on-one training sessions – and shared footage of their workouts on social media – including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema and Fernando Torres (Kuyt’s former Liverpool team-mate).