Retired Australian heavyweight kickboxer Stan “The Man” Longinidis will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame next month on the 10th October in Melbourne.
Stan Longinidis retired in 2001, nearly 22 years after starting his kickboxing career. Longinidis had a career record of 88 wins, 8 losses, 5 draws and 1 no contest, and won heavyweight titles in various kickboxing organisations including the WAKO, WKO and ISKA heavyweight titles.
Longinidis had this to say:
“For me to win so many different awards and accolades all over the world, to then be acknowledged by The Sport Australia Hall of Fame board for my contribution to kickboxing is very humbling. A lot of my memories have been the sacrifices, the perseverance, the patience, pain, the price to achieve your dreams and always preparing yourself for that moment of greatness.
Robert de Castella, Chairman of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame selection committee had this to say about Longinidis’ selection for induction into the hall of fame.
To be selected into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame it’s not just a matter of being a champion athlete or sportsperson, you actually have to have a little bit of extra intangible quality that really elevates you into that level of greatness which the Hall of Fame acknowledges and represents.”
De Castella recognised Longinidis’ award as “a really interesting one because it’s a sport that is on the periphery and is often overshadowed by something like the Olympic sports of boxing or taekwondo or judo.”
“In some ways Stan was under-recognised here in Australia but was a real pioneer for the sport of muay thai and kickboxing and the sport has now grown into the mixed martial arts area,” de Castella said.
My personal favourite fight from Stan the Man’s career had to be when he fought Dennis Alexio, better known for his role co-starring in the Jean Claude Van Damn film “Kickboxer”.