By GABRIELLA BOCK | Reporter
Baxter Humby, Pacific Palisades’ newest Coldwell Banker affiliate agent, is ready to fight for his clients’ contentment.
A former World Champion kickboxing fighter known by fans and foes as the “One-Armed Bandit,” a moniker that nods to Humby’s incredible ability to overcome any obstacle despite losing part of his right arm during birth, joined Coldwell in October and is ready to win over the Palisades.
But long before he was facilitating million-dollar home sales, the local real estate agent was selling out world arenas.
A natural born athlete, Humby’s interest in sports began early on when he took up running at age 11 before following a group of his friends into the world of martial arts.
After only a few short years of training, the young gun proved to be a success, and by his early 20s, Humby was competing in the Paralympics as a runner for the 1992 Canadian National Track Team in Barcelona and again at the 1994 Berlin games.
An ever-evolving mover and shaker, Humby soon left track and field to delve into professional fighting, winning the Canadian Super Welterweight Kickboxing Championship in 1996, before moving to California where he would go on to become the current International Muay Thai Council World Super Welterweight Champion.
In 2012, Humby retired from competitive fighting with 17 belt titles and remains the only one-armed kickboxer who has won two world titles in combative sports.
So how does a world class fighter retire after a victorious career of battling adversaries?
By jumping head first into the cutthroat game of real estate, of course.
“I had invested in a few properties over the years which gave me an idea of how the markets worked,” Humby revealed. “I really enjoyed that, but now what makes me happiest is working with local families.”
Humby, who has lived in the Palisades since the mid ’90s, told the Palisadian-Post that the love and pride he has for his community gives him an edge over the competition—but the championship belts surely don’t hurt either.
“I feel very blessed to be at Coldwell,” he said.“I get the luxury of working where I live while getting the opportunity to share this wonderful place with others. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
“I think my clients can feel that passion—I’m here and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win their trust.”
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