The hottest ticket in town for kickboxing is still K-1 World GP Japan and last night was no exception with Survival Wars. Preceding the event the day before was an announcement that K-1 World GP Japan would be airing on broadcast television in Japan starting this fall, airing on TV Tokyo in a weekly 25-30 minute block on Thursday evenings at 1:30am. That may not be the best time slot, but it's a start and will hopefully draw some attention to the promotion in the future.
Now, onto Survival Wars. The main event of the night saw Kimura "Philip" Minoru against hot prospect Hiramoto Ren, a battle that raged on for all three rounds and eventually saw Minoru get the nod. He'll now go on to face Kaew Fairtex in what should be an awesome fight. In the co-main event the 55kg Challenger finals came to a dramatic conclusion when Charles Bongiovanni scored a knockout over Daniel Williams in the first round.
Results courtesy of Kiksie, the best kickboxing database online.
Minamino Takayuki def. Waki Mitsuharu by Unanimous Decision
Hitoshi Sugimoto def. Hidekazu Kimura by Unanimous Decision after an extra round
Namito Izawa def. Satoshi Katashima by Unanimous Decision after an extra round
Taisuke Degai def. Yuichiro Ito by TKO in Round 1
Kazuya Akimoto def. Keiji by Unanimous Decision
Super Exhibition (2x2)
Koya Urabe vs. Takeru
Shintaro Matsukura def. Tian Xin by Unanimous Decision
Co-Main Event - 55KG Challenger Finals
Charles Bongiovanni def. Daniel Williams by KO in Round 1
Main Event - 65KG Super Fight
Kimura 'Philip' Minoru def. Hiramoto Ren by Unanimous Decision