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Published on Dec 30, 2008
Andy Hug (born (September 7, 1964 died August 24, 2000) was a professional Swiss Kyokushin karateka and kickboxer from Wohlen, Switzerland. Hug was the K-1 World Grand Prix 1996 champion and runner up in 1997 and 1998. In Japan he was given the name "Blue-Eyed Samurai", even though he had brown eyes. He was the only K-1 fighter ever to be rewarded an honorary samurai title by K-1 founder Kazuyoshi Ishii.
Andy was also recognized for his axe kick and the spinning low heel kick, targeting the opponents thigh, was another trademark kick of his. In Japan, it was known as "the Hug Tornado" since it was rumored that no other fighter could perform it with the same perfection as Hug, was a legendary karate fighter (kyokushin and seidokaikan) and one of the best kickboxers of our time.
Andy defeated Mirko "Cro-Cop" Filipović at K-1 Fight Night, on June 3, 2000, in Zurich, Switzerland. His last fight was against Nobu Hayashi on July 7, 2000. Andy Hug died in August 24, 2000 as a result of leukemia a few weeks short of his 36th birthday. A shrine commemorating Hug was placed in Tokyo.