From Mechanic to King of the Kickboxing Ring

By: Valon Xoxa    September 16, 2014

Its Kreshnik Rrustemi, the Peja born Kosovar now fighting in world rings under the Belgian Flag. Kreshnik was born in 1984 and moved to Belgium in 1998. His initial passion for skiing had quickly moved to kickboxing and Mauy Thai when he  met his future trainers Peter Lamberts and Omar Bel Hadi who invited him to start training in the art of fighting. Before you ask, yes, the meeting had occurred while Kreshnik was working as a bouncer at a late night club, thus making him a familiar face to trouble.

Kreshnik had been working as a mechanic and supplementing his income as a bouncer when this opportunity occurred. The decision to start training proved fruitful with Kreshnik  fighting professionally since 2003 thus making him a confident fighter in the ring.

Watch here his latest fight against Alexander Volobuev.

Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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