It was perhaps a bit anticlimactic how the rematch between GLORY Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven and Errol Zimmerman ended at GLORY 20, but it's hard to ignore the impact that it'll have for the coming years in the Heavyweight division in kickboxing. The fight ended with Zimmerman down on the mat, grasping at his knee in what was a worst case scenario for a warrior like him. Zimmerman is a guy who prides himself as being tough and if he's going to lose a fight he's going to actually lose it, not go down to injury. Yet that is exactly what happened.
We knew that Zimmerman would be out for a while, but it looks like Zimmerman will be taking a year off from kickboxing and much like Tyrone Spong who suffered a horrific leg injury against Gokhan Saki last year, Zimmerman will be returning to the ring as soon as he's healthy but will be doing so in professional boxing instead of kickboxing.
In an interview with Dutch FunX Zimmerman announced that he will need to take at least a year off from kickboxing to heal up his knee, but that he doesn't intend to just sit idly by and wait to return to the ring. Instead he'll focus on professional boxing much like we've seen from the likes of other GLORY stars like Marc de Bonte, Nieky Holzken and Tyrone Spong. Here's hoping that all goes well with his recovery and we get to see him in the ring again soon, even if it is a boxing ring.
K-1 Japan held their big 55kg tournament event last night in a night that saw TAKERU overcome the competition and pick up the big tournament victory over TAIGA in the finals. TAIGA fought hard but went down twice to TAKERU.
Results are from our friend Kazuma.
65Kg SUPER FIGHTKimura Filip Minoru (Brazil) def. HIROYA (Japan) By KO in Round 160Kg SUPER FIGHTUrabe Koya (Japan) def. Javier Hernandez (Spain) By Decision55Kg Tournament Quarter FinalsTakeru def. Alexandre Prilip By KOShota Takiya def. Danial Williams By Bad Decision, Extra RoundNobuchika Terado def. Rui Botelho By Bad Decision, Extra RoundTaiga def. Soufiane El Haji By Decision55Kg Tournament Semi FinalsTAKERU def. Shota Takiya By KOTAIGA def. Nobuchika Terado By KO55Kg Tournament FinalsTAKERU def. TAIGA By Decision
Enfusion Live #27 in Tenerife earlier today. The card had some great match ups and quite a few upsets. I'd say the biggest one being the Jonay Risco's extra round win over Andy Souwer. The fight was close with Souwer pushing the pace and landing the more powerful strikes but Risco was countering with fast combos that didn't seem to have much steam on them, suppose it all depended on what the judges liked. Also Amansio "The Viking" Paraschiv dropped a 3 round decision to Elam Ngor who was probably Paraschiv's biggest test.
1. Ricardo Costa (Portugal) Vs Maikel Garcia (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Maikel Garcia (Spain)
2. Anissa Meksen (France) Vs Eva Naranjo (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Anissa Meksen (France)
3. Amansio Paraschiv (Romania) Vs Elam NGor (Senegal)
WINNER POINTS Elam NGor (Senegal)
4. Rafael Llodra (France) Vs Maximo Suarez (Spain)
WINNER POINTS Rafael Llodra (France)
5. Andy Souwer (The Netherlands) Vs Jonay Risco (Spain)
WINNER POINTS AFTER A 4th RD Jonay Risco (Spain)
6. Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) Vs Moises Baute (Spain)
WINNER AND STILL 95kg Enfusion World Title Mohamed Boubkari
We had the pleasure to interview none other than Mr. "Chopper" Chi Lewis-Parry today. Definitely one of the best interviews I've ever had the opportunity to do, his charisma and humor really makes our job easy. We spoke about everything from how he got his nickname to, wedgies, to what he likes to eat and I just had to add some of his voice notes because writing it out just doesn't do it justice. **sorry but audio won't play on mobile devices**
LK: What about the upcoming tournament? What do you think of your first opponent Everett Sims and also who you will face in the final?
Chopper: I'm stoked about the tournament! Really looking forward to showing what I have to offer & to get 2 more scalps to my name! Wooha! Everett looks the part but he ain't the part! There's only enough cash in the budget for 1 leading man in this epic motion picture and that's me! Whoever I face in the final is fine with me but I'd prefer to face Vigney so I can show him who's the boss man!
LK: What do you think of Maurice Jackson he says he's also 6 foot 9 but his record on the glory site is 31-0?
LK: I forgot to ask you about ethnicity, I've had probably 10 people ask me what your background was, so I figured this was a good time to ask.
Chopper: I'm like Perseus, the son of a beautiful mortal & a god, haha. My mother is Welsh/Israeli/English. My father is straight up Guyanese. So that makes me some kinda super shit!
LK: One last question and we are done but its 4 questions in one.
1. Hardest puncher you've fought?
2. Hardest kicker?
3. Hardest fight?
4. Favourite fighter (can be anyone real or fake)
Chopper:1. Alistair Overeem (technically it was sparring but it may aswell have been a fight lol he goes hard)
2. Alain Ngalani. The guy had rhino legs attached to a gorilla lol.
3. Probably my debut. I completely snapped my 1st & 2nd metacarpal in my hand in the first exchange so I had to fight with a completely fucked hand (haha still won tho)
4. Favourite fighter has gotta be "The Rock". It's fake and all but we all know it's fake yet we STILL watch it. The Rock just has that wow factor.
LK: HAHA perfect anything else you would like to add for fans, sponsors, other fighters etc?
Chopper: Shout out to you guys for having me! My very loyal supporters, nothing but love back at ya. My newly aquired haters, hahaha get used to me, I'm just getting started! My loving family & friends for unrivaled support. My sponsors Golds Gym, Hooligans United & I'm a beast apparel. If you hadn't heard.... "Chopper's Coming!"