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Liverkick Throwback: Branko Cikatic Vs Ernesto Hoost II

  • Published in Kickboxing

The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Branco Cikatic was the original Croatian heavyweight Kickboxer and the first Croation born fighter to achieve international success. K-1 didn't start until 1993, Branko was 38 years old already, but he made the most of it and became the very first K-1 grand prix champion and won all three fights in one night by knockout. Cikatic had a rock-solid chin and huge power in both hands, he wasn't the most technical fighter but he was more of a take a punch to land my harder punch type. Branco tried a few MMA fights after winning K-1 and jumped in the Pride ring, now Cikatic was never the cleanest of fighters and that ended up causing most of his Pride fights to end in DQ or No contest.

This fight with the legend Ernesto Hoost was for the K-1 grand prix 1993 Finals in Tokyo, Japan. Hoost was 10 years younger than Cikatic and had already beat Peter Aerts and Maurice Smith in the quarter and semi finals. I feel Hoost was easily winning this fight up until Branko did what he does best and landed a huge right on poor Ernesto's chin and cause a heavy KO.

 

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Glory Last Man Standing: Alex "Po Atan" Pereira Hype Video

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Alex Pereira burst on to the kickboxing scene at Glory 14 in Zagreb, Croatia by first knocking out Dustin Jacoby in amazing fashion, then moving on to the finals against Sahak Parparyan and beating him by majority decision. He took the middleweight contender tournament belt back to Brazil and looked very impressive considering this was the first time most of us had seen him.

Now the question is, how will Pereira do with #1 ranked Artem Levin? This will no doubt be the biggest name, probably the best fighter he has ever fought, and tournament favourite. Levin has shown in some of his previous fights that his slippery style with his hands down by his waist can sometimes leave him vulnerable for long straight punches, and this is what Po Atan does best. There is also the factor of Levin looking past Pereira because he has unfinished business with others in the tournament. This would be dangerous for Levin as Pereira has very a long reach, with hard straight punches,if just one lands, it could make for a great night for the Brazilian.

 

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Adidas Announces Partnership with Friday Night Fights

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Sports apparel brand adidas has been making a big push into the world of Martial Arts over the past few months with their latest move being an interesting one, to say the least. Today adidas announced that they are teaming up with New York muay thai promotion Friday Night Fights. Adidas seems inspired to look outside of the box in their sponsorships and teaming with Friday Night Fights is a tremendous opportunity for the New York-based promotion that has been making waves for years.

“From our perspective as a brand that so many expect so much from, connecting with the right grass roots fight promotion means everything. Our objective is support the core audience and everyday blue & white collar warriors,”  “The women and men who embrace what it means to face your goals and improve yourself every night you hit the gym are who we care about. This is our company obsession. How do we serve these dedicated people and their beloved sport?  The answer is clear.: We form an alliance with Friday Night Fight’s.”

ACS’s Managing Director Scott Viscomi continues, “when you come to their events, you can feel the energy in the room, it’s electrifying! Justin and his team are long term pro’s who know what it takes to match great athletes, and entertain the people buying seats.  As we work to remind the core market of adidas’ long and rich history in Olympic Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Boxing to Professional Boxing, MMA, and Kickboxing, we couldn’t have a better strategic partner than FNF to relaunch our Muay Thai programs."

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Liverkick Throwback: Ernesto Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner 1999

  • Published in Kickboxing

The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Today we are going to back to one of the best K-1 Heavyweight Rivalry's, Ernesto "Mr. Perfect" Hoost Vs Jerome Le Banner. These two fought 5 times, Hoost won 3 and Le Banner won 2 and not a single one of those fights went the distance. The style clash in these fights was the brawler against technical fighter that people love to see. Le Banner still had a lot of technical skill but compared to Hoost's technique he was a brawler and at 6 foot 3 inches and 265 pounds Le Banner was very powerful to say the least.

This fight was at the K-1 WGP 1999 Semi-Finals, Hoost beat Andy Hug by decision to advance and JLB knocked out Peter Aerts in the first round, which made Le Banner the much fresher man. They had already fought each other twice and had one win each, this was essentially the rubber match. Le Banner came out strong and fast as usual, but Mr. Perfect weathered the storm until the second round and capitalized on his opponents aggression to land a few well timed right hands, followed by a flurry and put Le Banner's lights out. Hoost moved on to the finals where he knocked out Mirko Cro Cop with a liver punch to become the K-1 WGP Champion for the second time.

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Five Questions With GLORY's Marc de Bonte

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Throughout the history of kickboxing and muay thai, Holland, Thailand and Japan have been the hotspots for stars in the sport. Although there have been numerous practitioners from other countries, rarely did they achieve the level of success or acclaim of their peers in the aforementioned countries. Thanks to organizations like the now defunct, It's Showtime and more recently Glory Sports International, stars from the United States and throughout western Europe and Asia are receiving more attention. Belgium, for instance, internationally known for numerous Tour de France victories as well as strong showings in motor racing and motocross has not been so well known for stars inside the ring, if you don't count 1980's action star Jean-Claude Van Damme. Today, however the land known for its delicious chocolates, fine arts and picturesque beauty is quickly becoming one of the hotspots for future stars in the sport, much due to strong showings over the last few years by Filip Verlinden, Marc DeBonte, Marat Grigorian and Jamal Ben Saddik .

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to ask Marc DeBonte a few questions about his career and goals for the future.

SW: At what age did you begin training?

MD: I started young at 6 years of age and also did my first youth fight at that age.

SW: You are currently ranked number 3 in Glory with a 2-2 record thus far, what is your overall professional record?

MD: My overall professional record is 87 wins-12 loses-1 draw

SW: You are known for your brutal knees, what do you feel are your other strengths as a fighter?

MD: Mostly I feel my boxing and knees are my best points but I am pretty all round and I can adapt pretty fast to any style.

SW: I'm sure one of your goals this year is to regain the belt from Valtellini, any other goals for this year?

MD: Yes to regain the belt and win the tournament at the end of the year, also to get my ranking in professional boxing up. We will see how it goes .

SW: I know you have trained in Hemmers Gym. Where are you currently training?

MD: I train at Tay gym with my trainer Ludo Kaethoven who has been my trainer for the last 8 years now. We work together with Hemmers Gym to get good quality sparring since a lot of high level Glory fighters train there as well.

With the year having reached the 3/4 mark, it is debatable as to whether DeBonte will be rematched with Valtellini by year's end. A rematch, however seems inevitable and the world will see whether improvements in DeBonte's boxing will be sufficient to push him past Valtellini's Tae Kwon Do base and equally powerful legs and low kicks. Whether it's 2014 or 2015, the rematch between DeBonte and Valtellini promises to be explosive.

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Enfusion Live This Weekend

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Enfusion

On January 12th Enfusion Live will present their first event of the year, including a -57kg Women's World Title fight. Here is a breakdown of the card;

 

  • Enfusion World Title Fight -57 kg: Ilona Wijmans (Netherlands) vs Denise Kielholtz (Netherlands)
  • Tayfun Ozcan (Turkey) vs Giga Chikadze (Georgia)
  • Mohammed Jarraya (Morocco) vs Christophe Maillot (France)
  • Joop Schneider (Netherlands) vs Melvin Wassing (Indonesia)
  • Pietje Doorje (Surinam) vs Mansour Yaqubi (Afghanistan)
  • Kevin Hesseling (Netherlands) vs Charlie Peters (England)
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GLORY 14 Zagreb Weigh-in Results

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Cro Cop

Tomorrow in Zagreb, Croatia, we'll see GLORY 14 take place. GLORY 14 features a Middleweight Contender tournament as well as a Lightweight title fight between Andy Ristie and Davit Kiria. The whole event is topped off with Mirko Filipovic vs. Remy Bonjasky in Remy Bonjasky's retirement bout, which makes this a can't miss event. The event will air on tape delay via Spike TV at 9pm Eastern time, so don't miss it.

  • GLORY 14 ZAGREB
  • Mirko Filipović (109.95 kg / 242.4 lbs) vs. Remy Bonjasky (108.8 kg / 239.86 lbs)
  • Andy Ristie (69.55 kg / 153.33 lbs) vs. Davit Kiria (69.6 kg / 153.44 lbs)
  • Dustin Jacoby (84.5 kg / 186.29 lbs) vs. Alex Pereira (85.0 kg / 187.39 lbs)
  • Sahak Parparyan (84.6 kg / 186.51 lbs) vs. Jason Wilnis (83.55 kg / 184.2 lbs)
  • Middleweight Tournament Reserve Samir Boukhidous (83.5 kg / 184.09 lbs) also weighed in.
  • GLORY SUPERFIGHT SERIES
  • Mladen Brestovac (116.9 kg / 257.72 lbs) vs. Jahfarr Wilnis (113.0 kg / 249.12 lbs)
  • Benjamin Adegbuyi (119.9 kg / 264.33 lbs) vs. Dmytro Bezus (118.55 kg / 261.36 lbs)
  • Albert Kraus (69.45 kg / 153.11 lbs) vs. Aikpracha Meenayothin (69.6 kg / 153.44 lbs)
  • Igor Jurković (94.45 kg / 208.23 lbs) vs. Michael Duut (95.3 kg / 210.1 lbs)
  • Artur Kyshenko (76.65 kg / 168.98 lbs) vs. Karapet Karapetyan (76.45 kg / 168.54 lbs)
  • Teo Mikelić (70.2 kg / 154.76 lbs) vs. Murthel Groenhart (69.8 kg / 153.88 lbs)

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Yokkao 9 in China: Muay Thai vs. Kung Fu

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Yokkao

Yokkao continues their string of fan-favorite events with an event on May 24th in China, Yokkao 9: Muay Thai vs. Shaolin Kung Fu. The event is set to take place in Xinyang, China and will be headlined by Sudsakorn Sor. Klinmee vs. a Shaolin Monk, Yi Long. Also confirmed for the event are Pakorn and Ekapop, both who have made strong impressions in the last few Yokkao events.

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Check out AFAV's Awesome New Melvin Manhoef Video

  • Published in Glory

Melvin Manhoef will be one of the eight men entering GLORY's Last Man Standing tournament on June 21st and there has been a lot of hype leading into this tournament, especially for the inclusion for Manhoef. Why? Because Melvin Manhoef hasn't competed at this level in Kickboxing in a while and this is being heralded as his big return to prominence in Kickboxing. 

Our friends at AFAV have put together this incredible video of Melvin Manhoef getting prepared for his fight at GLORY Last Man Standing. GLORY's Last Man Standing is June 21st live on PPV, for more information, check out http://www.gloryppv.com.

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Enfusion Live 20 Fight Card

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Only two weeks removed from their successful fifth trip to London, England Enfusion Live hosts their 20th event this weekend on July 12th from the Palma Arena in Mallorca, Spain. 

The card is headlined by an all-Spanish clash at 95kg between former K-1 veteran Loren Jorge vs. Damian Garcia. Most kickboxing fans will remember Loren Jorge as the only man Mirko Cro Cop has finished since returning to kickboxing in 2012. Loren looks to build off an upset win over recent Glory middleweight quarter-finalist Bogdan Stoica in the Superkombat promotion. His fellow countryman Damian Garcia recently competed in his second MMA bout, losing to French Heavyweight Chaban Ka by first round TKO. Garcia was born and bred in Mallorca will be looking to give his hometown fans something to cheer about come July 12th.

There'll also be a title on the line in the battle of the Imans as the UK's Iman Barlow and Morocco's Iman Ghablou square off in Barlow's first defense of her 54kg Women's Enfusion World Title. Barlow, who successfully defeated Loren Klijn at the Enfusion 15 in Dublin earlier this year, is definitely someone of note when it comes to women's kickboxing. Her opponent Ghablou, is currently training with former opponent Victoria Lomax for this fight, which is somewhat peculiar considering the two only fought a matter of months ago.

Journeyman Wendell Roche, who was TKO'd at Enfusion 19 by Andrew Tate and subsequently lost his 90kg title in the process, looks to get back in the win column against German Christian Brorhilker.

Fight Card
Damian Garcia vs. Loren Jorge 95kg
Iman Barlow vs. Iman Ghablou 54kg Womens Enfusion title bout
Wendell Roche vs. Christian Brorhilker 90kg
Kike Bonnin vs. Oli Koch 75kg
Antonio Gomez vs. Ricardo Luiz 70kg
Ruben Barnabe vs. Thomas Alisier 90kg

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