VIDEO: Podolski sends message to controversial kickboxer; he responds

Lukas Podolski Pre FA Cup Press Conference

Arsenal striker and renowned fight fan Lukas Podolski has sent a good luck video message to Badr Hari.

Not since the retirement of Mike Tyson has a fighter seemingly taken on the moniker as 'the baddest man on the planet', but with his balls-out fighting style, his concussive power in both his fists and his feet and his penchant for attracting trouble outside of the ring, there are perhaps few athletes who are as feared as kickboxing champion Badr Hari.

A 6 foot, 6 inch super-heavyweight, 29-year-old Hari already has a hall-of-fame resume having returned 104 wins (90 by way of knockout) from 116 bouts.

Famed for his rivalry with MMA star Alistair Overeem, Hari is the current Global FC tournament champion having slayed Stefan Leko and Peter Graham in the same night earlier this year and returns to the ring on October 16 in Dubai, against Patrice Quarteron.

Most people may want to stay clear of a man as tough as Hari, but not Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, himself notorious for unleashing hard shots… at goal.

Arsenal forward Podolski took time out of his training schedule with the Gunners to record a message for Hari, which the fighter put up on his official social media channels - embedded below.

Responding to the Gunner, Hari said: "My brother Podolski knows already who's gonna be victorious October 16th. Thank you for the support brother."

World Cup winning Podolski, along with his fellow Germans Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil, all returned to senior training with Arsenal last week. They are expected to be swiftly integrated into first-team duty.

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