|B-Boy Leony battled his way into the World Final by dominating the Last Chance Cypher for the second consecutive year.
The 21-year-old took advantage of the electric energy from the first battle to the last inside the WesterUnie to recreate his triumph from 12 months ago in Nagoya, Japan.
Leony beat B-Boys Pop, Kinder, Wolfer and local favourite Justen in the final to join the 15 other competitors aiming to be crowned champion of the most prestigious title in breaking on Saturday, November 4.
The Amazon Crew dancer, who will now take on American Thesis in Round 1, said: “I felt as a champion from last year, people looked up to me.
“I expected to win as I trained for it. I had a goal, and I believed in myself to come here and win.”
It was an exhausting night to end an epic year of Cyphers (qualifying battles) that took place in every corner of the globe to find the 31 breakers from 28 countries who met in the Dutch capital ready to go head-to-head in a global exchange in front of the judges just two days before the World Final.
And after coming out on top, Leony revealed his motivation comes from his home town of Belem in the Amazon of north Brazil where he started breaking nine years ago.
He said: “My city in the Amazon has a diversity that nowhere in the world has. All those cultures from my home town have influenced my style. I am very proud of where I come from.
“My home town motivated me to break. There is a lot of struggle but I am proud to say we have talent and I represent where I come from. That is my biggest motivation and it inspires me to continue my legacy and journey.”
Justen, 17, was hoping to make it three HustleKidz members in the World Final on home soil but came up just short in his duel with Leony.
He said: “It is difficult to talk about it. Of course it sucks to lose in the final but I really enjoyed myself and had a great experience. I did my thing.”
Red Bull BC One World Final Draw:
Lil Zoo (MAR/AUT) v Shane (NED); Issei (JPN) v Willy (FRA); Wing (KOR) v Dany (FRA); Kill (KOR) v Ayumi (JPN); Menno (NED) v Ratin (BRA), Lussy Sky (UKR) v Shigekix (JPN), Alkolil (RUS) v Moy (USA), Thesis (USA) v Leony (BRA)
About Red Bull BC One
Red Bull BC One is a global celebration of Hip Hop, combining dance, music, style and art followed by millions on TV and online. Since its inception in 2004, it has become the premier competition in the world of breaking, consistently attracting the best individual breakers on the planet.
Watch it live
The Red Bull BC One World Final will broadcast live on Red Bull TV on Saturday, November 4 from 9:00pm CET.