Over 28 Years after their PKO Light Heavyweight title fight in West Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle the former contenders Don Wilson and Ferdinand returned to the ring in Simmern, Germany during a WKU tournament this year . In March 1989 both fighters delivered one of the most exciting professional full contact kickboxing title fights in the history of the sport. Mack was leading by points until round 8. In round 9 out of 10 Wilson dropped Mack three times with hard body hooks scoring a knockout to win the vacant PKO title.
This time around the “rematch” was scheduled as a 5 round exhibition. Considering the age of both fighters – Mack at 57 years and Wilson at 63 years – it was a spectacular display of skills, fitness and experience. High kicks, setups, combinations, great defence – they showed it all without wearing down. Both fighters are legendary champions and great role models for the sport of kickboxing. Both attribute their fantastic shape to the fact that they always protected themselves from injuries by wearing high-tech safety gear, sparring gloves and headgear. Wilson wore his favourite Top Ten kickboxing gear while Mack had switched to a newer German brand. Back in 1989 both wore Top Ten gloves and headguard.