[div class=”notice” class2=”icon”]The following is from an article on LiverKick.com, part of the MiddleEasy Network.[/div]
If you follow European Kickboxing there will always be one referee that stands out the most and that is Joop Ubeda. Even if you don’t know him by name, you’ll know who he is; the stout, muscular and bearded referee who officiates nearly every big match. To some extent, he is the Big John McCarthy of the Kickboxing scene, as he is extremely well known and respected for his craft. He is without a doubt the most popular and polarizing figure in refereeing in the world of European Kickboxing.
The familiar sight of Joop might be no more, though. Coming from a report from Kickbox.nl, Joop seems a bit hurt and dejected with It’s Showtime not choosing to have him at their January 28th event in the Netherlands.