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Wayne Barrett ‘That belt will be mine’

Wayne Barrett steps into the ring next Friday to take on fellow top 10 Middleweight Jason Wilnis. I had the privilege of speaking to Wayne on Monday and here’s what we discussed.

JS: Good afternoon Wayne. You're only six fights into your professional career yet you have already become one of the poster boys for Glory. What do you attribute this to?

WB: I attribute a lot of my success to timing. I don’t like using the word but it’s kind of like destiny. I always said at the start of my pro career I’d give it my all for two years and if I wasn’t successful I’d return to corporate America. Look at me now. 

JS: Next Saturday you make your sixth appearance for Glory taking on the young Dutchman Jason Wilnis. What holes do you see in his game and how do you plan on exploiting those come next Saturday night?

WB: I definitely see some holes in his game and I also see some great things too. I’ve been watching him for a while, he’s got good jab, a good overhand right and he’s started utilizing his kicks a lot more now. I’d say I know his game pretty well. I know I can’t let him come forward because that’s when he’s most dangerous. As for how I’m going to exploit those weaknesses, we’re going to go at it and you guys will see for yourselves.

JS: Do you think a convincing win will be enough to earn a title shot against the champion?

WB: I think that’s what everyone wants to see. I’m here to do my job so if the fans and Glory believe I’m next then I’m not going to turn it down, but also if they think I need to improve then I’ll do that too. It doesn’t matter really as that belt will be mine.

JS: Artem Levin's unique and elusive style has given everyone he's fought problems. How would you attempt to solve the puzzle?

WB: To be honest he fights very similarly to some of my sparring partners; I’m very familiar with his style. He’s similar to Roy Jones Jnr and a little Ali-esque too; he has a different kind of timing. He does not follow the standard Dutch style of timing or pace and that’s what throws everyone off. I recognize it though; I’m ready for it and when it happens it’ll be a great fight.

JS: Besides a shot at the current champion, is there anyone else at Middleweight you'd like to fight or from a stylistic standpoint, you think you would match up well against?

WB: I’ve looked at the whole top ten and personally it’d be a great honor for me to know that at the end of my career, I could sit back and know I ran through the whole top 10. In terms of specific match-ups I’d quite like to fight Perreira and Verlinden. I’m a big fan of Verlinden’s style; his technique is perfect and for me he’s the epitome of a Dutch kickboxer. I’m not looking past Wilnis or Levin, but people couldn’t deny me my credibility if I beat Verlinden.

JS: Give us a little bit of background on how your martial arts journey started.

WB: I came to the US as an immigrant from Jamaica. Obviously being an immigrant we did things a little differently and because of that I was bullied which led to fights at school. So one day my Dad decided my brother and I needed an outlet so we joined a local karate school. Karate helped me straighten up elsewhere, our teacher would ensure our grades were acceptable before coming to class so I wanted to do better at school so I could go to karate. However unfortunately I my lost martial arts teacher in an unforeseen motorcycle accident and lost interest for in martial arts for a while but then fell in love with boxing.

After having a few boxing bouts some friends and myself randomly walked into a Muay Thai school one day. The teacher instantly recognized I was a boxing from my stance and asked me to put my hands up. He kicked me in the leg and it was an instant eye-opener, it completely changed my life. I signed up on the spot and since then I’ve never looked back.

JS: What do you think separates you from the rest of the division?

WB: My brain, I use my brain a lot. I’m always thinking in there. I don’t move the same, I use different angles, my pace and timing are different. I’m not afraid to move, a lot of guys have the one dimensional style where they meet in the middle and duke it out but I like to use as much of the ring as possible, I try to be elusive. I want to take as little damage as possible whilst inflicting as much damage as possible. 

JS: Your rival Joe Schilling is fighting in Bellator soon against Melvin Manhoef. Is competing in MMA something you'd ever consider?

WB: Oh yeah absolutely. It’s not out of the question, but the guys at Glory treat me so well, so I have to represent for kickboxing. They have me fighting on Spike, they pay me really well and I’ve had less than ten fights as pro. MMA is on my mind but my focus right now is on kickboxing.

JS: What’re your thoughts towards a potential third encounter with Mr. Schilling?

WB: He’s the only person who I haven’t knocked out as a professional. I want to knock him out but it’s nothing personal. I just know I can and I don’t know why I didn’t do it before.

JS: Thank you very much for your time and have you got anyone you’d like to thank?

WB: Thank you to Liverkick, you guys have always been awesome. Thank you to everyone who supports me and everyone who supports kickboxing. If you’ve got a dream believe in it and work hard and see what you can accomplish. 

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Jordan Watson vs. Mickael Piscitello Fight Video From Yokkao 10

Yokkao 10 might be in the rear view, but the fight videos are still heavily sought-after by fans who weren't in attendance and luckily for us the biggest fight of the bunch is now online thanks to Yokkao. Jordan Watson vs. Mickael Piscitello from Yokkao 10 for the Yokkao -70kg World Title is online for your enjoyment. So go ahead, sit back and enjoy.

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Liverkick Exclusive Interview with Artem Levin

This week we had the pleasure of doing an Interview with Glory Middleweight Champion Artem "The Lion" Levin. Not only is he the best middleweight kickboxer in the world at the moment he is also a very humble, down to earth guy just like anyone of us. He's been doing martial arts from a young age and it shows in his fights by how confident he is and his ability to see attacks coming. We found it very interesting to hear what Artem had to say about certain topics. Here are both the English and the Russian version of the interview for everyone to enjoy.

LK: Hi Artem, just in case some people don't know can I ask your fight stats first? Height, Weight, Stance, Record and Titles (amateur and pro), and Age?

AL: hi. I’m glad to be interviewed. Height 190 cm, weight 85 kg, stance Orthodox, Professional kickboxing records : 50 Wins (33 (T) KO’s, 17 decisions), 5 Losses, 1 Draw Professional boxing record : 1 Win (1 (T) KO’s, 0 decisions), 0 Losses Professional.

TITLES - Pro: 2014 GLORY middleweight champion, Last Man Standing tournament winner (85 kg), 2011, 2010 current It’s Showtime World champion (77 kg), 2012, 2011 current WBC Muaythai World champion (79 kg), 2008 The Contender Asia Season 2 Russian qualifying tournament winner (72.6 kg), 2008 Battle of Champions tournament winner (72.6 kg), 2007 current WMC Intercontinental champion (76 kg), 2007 WMC EMF European champion (76 kg) * Amateur: 2014 Russian Muaythai champion (86 kg), 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games Muaythai champion (81 kg), 2012 IFMA World Amateur Muaythai champion (81 kg), 2012, 2011 IFMA European Amateur Muaythai champion (81 kg), 2010 SportAccord World Combat Games Muaythai champion (75kg), 2010, 2009 IFMA European Amateur Muaythai champion (75 kg), 2008 Busan TAFISA World Games IFMA Amateur Muaythai champion (75 kg) o 2007, 2006 IFMA Amateur Muaythai World champion (75kg), 2006 WMF Amateur Muaythai World champion (75 kg), 2005 WMF Amateur Muaythai World champion (67 kg), 2004 IFMA European Amateur Muaythai champion (67 kg), 2014, 2013, 2003-2011 Champion of Russia

LK: How did you get the nickname "The Lion" is there a good story about it? or did you just like it?

AL: Lev is a cognate word for lion in Russian. I was called that name since I’ve been a child. It has become a ringname when I’d got first professional titles. I’ve read and seen a lot of things about amazing lions. Now I am “The Lion”, at least I’ve got lion’s heart.

LK: What age did you start Martial arts, what did you start with, what got you into it, and did you ever imagine at 27 years old you would be Glory middleweight champion and have multiple world titles? Also I personally love your dancing entrances, they are one of my favorites, when did that start?

AL: I’ve started going in for muaythai since I was ten. My brothers always prepared me for boxing career, telling me that boxing is my fate. Thus I’ve always known I’ll become a champion. Even when first three years of practice I could win nothing. I appreciate my brothers’ work and talk raising me as a winner. I try to relax and enjoy the process. Movies with Van Damme led me to the gym. One of the best moments is his dancing in the bar from Kickboxer movie to sounds of Feeling So Good Today. I enter the ring with feeling so good and it will be a fine hunt for a lion. I’d be glad if somewhen Jean Claude will attend my fight.

LK: We have not heard too much from you since you won the last man standing tournament, what have you been up too?

AL: I won Russian National Championships in August. I’ve taken some rest after the great tournament. There were other things to get done. I’m in the game again, I’m hungry and I’m ready for the fights. And I’m excited to step in the ring. LK: Can you tell us the full Glory 17: Last Man Standing experience starting from arriving in LA to waking up next to your belt the next morning?

AL: I’ve been glad to see sunny Los Angeles after a very long trip. LA gives a sustained energy. I’ve been boxing here several times. But for the first time I was here with a large crew from Russia. Thanks to all my team. And other guys from US came to support me, from The Boxing Club of San Diego particularly. I’m on training camp here currently. There are my friends, so I haven’t been alone. I’ve walked on the ocean beach. The energy it gives. Nothing compares. I’ve taken power, force, strength from it to win the tournament. There were organizing issues, shoots, interviews and work outs each day. It exhausted me, but my team have made everything to make me feel ready and charged to the fullest by the start of the show. I’ve got no any powers after the tournament. I’ve gone out at the arena with no emotions. And couldn’t believe in that it’s real, it happens to me for a month.

LK: Also, this is a question I had to ask, What is your opinion of your first fight with Joe Schilling, especially the extra round and what did you adjust for the second fight to make sure nothing like that could happen again? Would you like to fight him one more time to show people the first time was lucky?

AL: It’s become the main motivation to the next fight. Everybody has seen what’s happened there. I’ve made a mistake in the second round, thought I’d won the fight already. And Joe punished me. It lead to extra round. Judges took away the victory, but it’s my fault actually. Scoring in GLORY is an interesting story. I can give out a point before the bell, because I know they will find a way to take it somehow. And again about the fight against Joe, I’ve been ready to everything, to Joe’s tactical and technical suprises, to judges’s surprises, that’s my aim was to come out and win undoubtely. Joe is a really considerable fighter, brave with strong heart. I support him always in other fights.

LK: I've always noticed that you also fight in the IFMA or SportAccord Muay Thai championships with headgear, shinpads and full gear, what keeps such an accomplished fighter like yourself going back to these tournaments every year?

AL: I have certain responsibilities before Russian Muaythai Federation. And I am the captain of Russian national muaythai team. I’m honoured to lead the team and to contribute to development of muaythai in Russia.

LK: Tell us about where you do most of your training?

AL: it’s my homeland, Prokopyevsk is a small town in Siberia. My coach is a man who made my first victory on local amateur championship at age of 13 and who was in the corner when I won prestigious world pro titles, including GLORY. He’s like second farther to me. I’m on training camp in San Diego’s The Boxing Club now.

LK: You have a new young talent Artem Vakhitov that you train with he is rated #6 in Glory right now, do you think he will become Glory Light Heavyweight champion this year? Also what happened with him no longer being in the Glory 18 tournament on Nov 7?

AL: It all depends on Artem. He’s young, hungry, ambitious and he wants the title. So, he’s able to achieve it. As far as I know he concentrates on health and recreation, not to worsen latest injuries. He will perform much better on the next events.

LK: Any talks with Glory about who you will be defending your belt against next? Or is there anyone that you want to fight next if you could choose?

AL: it doesn’t matter who is the opponent. You should win the strongest to be the best. There we no negotiations on the point. I don’t know what does the pause in sequence of events means. But as soon as the belt I mine, I’m opened for discussion with ace in my glove.

LK: Last question is one I like to ask every fighter:

  • Hardest Puncher you've fought? AL: Yodsaenklai Fairtex
  • Hardest Kicker You've fought? AL: Yodsaenklai Fairtex
  • Hardest Fight? AL: it’s yet ahead
  • Favourite Fighter? AL: Ernesto Hoost

Artem Levin about Manhoef vs Schilling on Bellator 131:

AL: It will be an amazing event. The advantage in the bout will be on Melvin’s side. He is more experienced and proficient in mixed fight. He will do much better in parter. Joe’s strong points are longer reach, he should keep distance and use knees. He should be self-reliant: be focused and maintain fight plan. Both fighters have a knock-out punch and this can result an interesting bout. I will support Joe and I will attend the event. If he needs any help in preparation for the fight I’m totally in. He’s congenial soul, he’s been around the block. I do respect Melvin though, if he’s fought

LK: Thank you so much for your time Artem, would you like to say a few things to all your fans, sponsors, trainers etc?

AL: Watch my fights. Follow me in instagram and twitter. Ask me. Let’s communicate. I thank my team, I appreciate your support. I enclose gratitude to my coach Vitaly Miller, to my manager Sergey Busygin, therapist Evgeny Startsev and my family. And I appreciate the support of Stroyservice company, which contribute to my career and development of muaythai in Russia.

LK: Thanks again Artem, all of us at Liverkick are huge fans of you and your style in the ring and are looking forward to you watching you defend the Glory title this year.

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ЛК: привет, Артем. Для тех, кто незнаком с твоей биографией, немного обзорной информации. Рост, вес, стойка, счет боев и титулы (любительские и профессиональные), возраст.

АЛ: доброе время суток !)рад отвечать на ваши вопросs !) рост 190, вес 85, правша. Счет профессиональных боев : 50 Побед (33 (Тех) Нокаутом, 17 Решением), 5 Поражений, 1 Ничья

Счет любительских боев: не ведет

Счет боев по проф.боксу: 1 Победа (1 (Тех) Нокаутом, 0 Решением), 0 Поражений

Титулы

Профессиональные

        2014 действующий чемпион GLORY, победитель 8-ки Last Man Standing (85 кг)

        2011, 2010 действующий чемпион мира It’s Showtime (77 кг)

        2012, 2011 действующий чемпион мира WBC Muay Thai (79 кг)

        2008 победитель отборочного турнира The Contender Asia Season 2 (72,6 кг)

        2008 победитель турнира Битва Чемпионов (72,6 кг)

        2007 действующий интерконтинентальный чемпион WMC (76 кг)

        2007 чемпион Европы WMC-EMF (76 кг)

Любительские

        2014 чемпион России (86 кг)

        2013 чемпион Всемирных игр боевых искусств (81 кг)

        2012 чемпион мира среди любителей IFMA (81 кг)

        2012, 2011 чемпион Европы среди любителей IFMA (81 кг)

        2010 чемпион Всемирных игр боевых искусств (75 кг)

        2010, 2009 чемпион Европы среди любителей IFMA (75 кг)

        2008 чемпион мира среди любителей IFMA на всемирных играх TAFISA в Пусане (75 кг)

        2007, 2006 чемпион мира среди любителей IFMA (75 кг)

        2006 чемпион мира среди любителей WMF  (75 кг)

        2005 чемпион мира среди любителей WMF  (67 кг)

        2004 чемпион Европы среди любителей IFMA (67 кг)

        2014, 2013, 2003-2011 чемпион России IFMA

ЛК: откуда твое прозвище Лев? Какая-то история за ним стоит? Или просто нравится так?

АЛ: вообще, на русском языке «лев» - это корень моей фамилии. С детства старшие товарищи и друзья называли так. Со временем, когда появились первые титулы, и я вышел на профессиональный ринг это само перетекло в рингнейм, но с детства я много читал о львах, смотрел передачи и восхищался им и теперь моя задача соответствовать ему. Сейчас я и есть "лев" или как минимум с сердцем льва!))))

ЛК: Во сколько лет ты начал заниматься боевыми искусствами? С какого вида начал? Что привело тебя в спорт? Думал ли ты, что в 27 лет ты станешь чемпионом Глори в среднем весе и будет столько титулов чемпиона мира? Лично мне очень нравится выход с танцами. Один из тех, что мне очень нравятся, как это появилось?

АЛ: я начал заниматься муайтай в возрасте 10 лет, но до десяти лет мои старшие братья вели со мной так сказать психологическую работу, что бокс это мое все, что я вырасту и стану чемпионом, поэтому я никогда не сомневался, что буду чемпионом. Даже когда в первые три года я не мог выиграть не одних соревнований. Спасибо моим братьям, которые так глубоко посеяли семя победителя в моей голове! Во время выхода на ринг я пытаюсь расслабиться и получать удовольствие от процесса. В тайский бокс меня привели фильмы Ван Дамма! И, естественно, я помню его танец в баре в фильме «Кикбоксер» под песню Feeling So Good Today)! И когда я выхожу на ринг, я чувствую, что сегодня должен быть хороший день и славная охота для льва!) Моя мечта, что бы Жан Клод присутствовал на моих боях когда-нибудь)))

ЛК: не было ничего слышно о тебе с тех пор, как ты победил в восьмерке «оставшийся в живых». Что у тебя произошло за это время?

АЛ: В августе я выиграл чемпионат России. Я отдыхал психологически после такого турнира. Плюс есть дела по мимо спорта. Сейчас я опять в деле, я голоден, я жду боев и мне не терпится выйти на ринг.

ЛК: Расскажи поподробнее про участие в турнире восьмерке ГЛОРИ начиная с приезда в ЛА до того как ты проснулся на следующее утро после боев чемпионом.

АЛ: После долгой дороги я был рад видеть солнечный Лос Анджелес. Опять он меня заряжает. Я не первый раз боксировал здесь. Впервые со мной приехала большая группа поддержки из России. Спасибо им огромное! Плюс много ребят со Штатов, в частности из клуба "The Boxing Club" в Сан Диего. Сейчас я провожу здесь сборы, и у меня много друзей в этом зале, так что во время боя я был не один. В обязательную программу входила поездка на океан. Его энергетика это нечто. Сила, мощь, могущество - это все я пытался взять себе в помощь на турнир. Ежедневно были организационные вопросы, съемки, интервью и, конечно, тренировочный процесс. Это все изматывает, но моя команда сделала все, чтобы к моменту начала турнира я был готов и заряжен на все 100. После турнира я был обессилен в первую очередь психологически. У меня абсолютно не было эмоций после того как я вышел из арены. На протяжении месяца я не мог поверить, что это сделал.

ЛК: еще один вопрос, который я очень хотел задать. Твое мнение о первом поединке с Джо Шиллингом, особенно по поводу дополнительного раунда. Готовился ли ты ко второму бою так, чтобы ничего подобного больше не произошло? Хотел бы ты еще один поединок с ним, чтобы доказать, что его победа в первом бое была случайностью?

АЛ: само собой это было одним из главных мотиваторов к бою. Вы все видели, что было в первом бою. Я допустил ошибку во втором раунде, подумав, что победа у меня в кармане, и Джо меня наказал. Это послужило поводом к допраунду. Судьи забрали у меня эту победу, но по большому счету это моя вина в первую очередь. А по поводу судей в ГЛОРИ это отдельная история. Я могу еще перед боем отдавать им по баллу, зная, что они все равно найдут повод снять его с меня во время боя. Возвращаясь к Джо, хочу сказать, что я был готов ко всему, к реваншу и к сюрпризам от Джо как в технике, так и в тактике, так и к сюрпризам от судей, поэтому моя задача была выходить и выигрывать, так что бы ни у кого не возникало сомнений. Что касается его, то это действительно достойный боец, храбрый с сильным сердцем. В других боям я практически всегда теперь болею за него!

ЛК: я хотел бы подчеркнуть, что ты участвуешь так же в чемпионатах ИФМА и СпортАккорда, где приходится одевать шлем, налокотники и другую защитную эпипировку. Что заставляет состоявшегося успешного бойца как ты участвовать в этих соревнованиях каждый год?

АЛ: У меня есть определенные обязанности перед федерацией тайского бокса России, и являюсь капитаном сборной России. Для меня честь поддерживать сборную и вносить свой вклад в развитие муайтай в России. ЛК: расскажи, где ты чаще всего тренируешься?

АЛ: Это родина моя. Маленький провинциальный город в Сибири – Прокопьевск. Мой тренер- это тот человек, с которым пришла моя первая победа в возрасте 13 лет на чемпионате города, и он же, с кем я завоевал все главные титулы в своей карьере, включая ГЛОРИ. Это мой второй отец. Сейчас я часто провожу сборы и тренируюсь в Сан Диего в "The Boxing Club"

ЛК: у вас появился молодой перспективный боец Артем Вахитов, с которым ты вместе тренируешься. Он 6 номер рейтинга ГЛОРИ сейчас. Как думаешь, станет он чемпионом ГЛОРИ в тяжелом весе в этом году? И что случилось, почему его нет в 4-ке ГЛОРИ18 7 ноября?

АЛ: Все в руках Артема. Он голодный, молодой, амбициозный, и он хочет этот титул. Думаю, что это вполне ему по плечу. Насколько я знаю, он решил уделить внимание своему здоровью, что бы не усугубить старые травмы и на следующих турнирах быть уже только лучше.

ЛК: обсуждали ли с ГЛОРИ кто будет следующим соперником на защиту пояса? Или кого бы ты сам выбрал на защиту?

АЛ: Мне без разницы с кем боксировать. Чтобы быть лучшим, нужно бить лучших. С ГЛОРИ мы не обсуждали. Я не знаю, куда они пропали, и с чем связана их пауза в турнирах. Но теперь пояс у меня, и я с удовольствием выйду на переговоры, но уже с козырем в своей перчатке.

ЛК: последний вопрос я задаю всем бойцам Самый сильный панчер из твоих соперников? АЛ: Йодсенклай Фейртекс ЛК: кто сильнее всех из твоих соперников бьет ногами? АЛ: Йодсенклай Фейртекс ЛК: самый трудный бой? АЛ: самый трудный бой еще впереди! ЛК: любимый боец? АЛ: Эрнесто Хуст

Это будет потрясающее событие. И думаю, в данном бою преимущество будет у Мелвина. Он более опытен и искушен в смешанных боях, и чувствовать себя в партере он будет себя намного лучше, нежели Джо. Что касаемо Джо, он крупнее, его конечности длиннее, он должен держать дистанцию и не подпускать Мелвина к себе, должен использовать колени. Я думаю, что все в его руках. Он должен быть сконцентрирован и делать свою работу, выполняя план на бой. Оба бойца могут ударить так, что велика вероятность нокаута, и этим уже бой будет интересен! Я буду болеть за Джо и буду присутствовать в зале. Если ему понадобится какая-нибудь помощь в подготовке, я сделаю все возможное. Этот парень мне близок по духу, он через многое прошел. Мелвина я уважаю, он достойный боец, и если бы он встретился в клетке с кем-то другим, мои симпатии были бы на его стороне. Обожаю его стиль. Он словно маленький бульдог, желающий разодрать своих соперников.

ЛК: спасибо, Артем, за уделенное время. В завершении беседы пару слов для твоих болельщиков, спонсоров, тренеров и тд.

АЛ: Следите за моими боями. Подписывайтесь в инстаграм и твиттер. Задавайте вопросы. Будем общаться. Спасибо моей команде, что они со мной, моему тренеру Миллеу В.В., моему менеджеру Бусыгину С.Ю., массажисту Старцеву Е.В. и моей семье. И большое спасибо компании «Стройсервис» за огромную помощь мне и развитию тайского бокса в России.

ЛК: еше раз спасибо Артем. Все мы в ливеркик твои болельщики и фанаты твоей манеры в ринге. Ждем с нетерпением защиты титула в этом году.

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Interview with Daniella Éltető - The Machine from Hungary

Hungary's 19 year old phenom, Daniella Éltető has won yet another pro world title. She stepped into the ring recently 11-Oct-2014 at Fight 4 Glory's event in Switzerland for WKU's Pro Muay Thai title. Her opponent was french muay thai National Champion Magali Foroni (34). Foroni with a championship to her name has achieved a lot in her career and gained lots of experience. Fans could see her fighting Tiffany Van Soest at Lion Fight 12 in 2013. No Hungarian female fighter had WKU's pro Muay Thai title before which makes the win even more special.  We interviewed "The Machine" the next day of the fight to ask a few questions on the fight and her plans. 

Q: - Hello Daniella! First of all, congrats on the huge win! How hard was keeping everything in sync and prepare while you had to learn as well? You recently started University, right?

A: - Thank you guys. Yes it wasn't easy at all. There were tons of stuff to do because of my studies and I had to pull out of two fights as well because of health issues. The first one would've been a WKN title fight in Bosnia and the other one for a pro Muay Thai title in Romania.

Q: - Did you arrive for the fight or you got to Switzerland a bit earlier so you could train and acclimate a bit?

A: - Unfortunately I couldn't get  there earlier as I had an exam right before the fight on Thursday..

Q: - What was the biggest challenge against Foroni? Did you find some holes in her game, some weak points?

A: - She's tried to keep me under pressure but we prepared for this fight. Our strategy was to attack the legs so every time the opportunity arised I went for it. I've landed many inside and outside low kicks but she was quite enduring. In the 4th round I've managed to get her in the clinch and landed many knees and elbows until finally they've thrown in the towel.

Q: - What's next? Do you have any plans for the rest of the year or do you want to take some time off and focus on your studies?

A: - There's another big fight right on the corner. If all goes well I'll fight in about two weeks in Milan. I have some small injuries but I expect to heal up just fine by then. I need a few days off and after that I'll be right back into preparing for the next battle.

Q: - Congrats upon the great win and being the first female combat sports athlete form Hungary to ever wear WKU's pro Muay Thai belt. Any message to the fans?

A: - First of all I'd like to thank Shindokai-Kan Hungary – KYO-Shin SE, my master/trainer/dad Péter Éltető and János Laub for helping me to prepare for this fight and everyone else for the encouragement, congratulations.

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Rough Footage From Peter Aerts vs. Ernesto Hoost From K-Energy Event

Over the weekend Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost met for the sixth time in the ring under the WKO (World Kumite Organization) banner. It was an interesting affair with a lot of old K-1 names in attendance, including Kazuyoshi Ishii himself, which should raise a few eyebrows. We've all been eagerly awaiting the footage from the fight, especially knowing that there were film crews there taping the fight, but none of that has surfaced just yet.

Instead, our friends at FightStadium went ahead and pieced together some of the footage that had been floating around online of the fight. It's not pretty, but you can at least see what went down. There has been talk of a potential rematch since Aerts claims that he only had three weeks to train, plus there was talk of a gentlemen's agreement to go easy on his legs since he requires knee surgery in the near future. 

So without further ado, here it is, Peter Aerts vs. Ernesto Hoost. 

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VIDEO: Artur Kyshenko vs. Radoslaw Paczuski

Leave it to Artur Kyshenko to keep busy, right? Yesterday Kyshenko fought at the KOK WGP 2014 event in Gdansk against Radoslaw Paczuski in a night that also saw Sergei Laschenko take a Heavyweight tournament. Go ahead and check out Kyshenko's performance and let us know what you thought. Kyshenko has been hit-or-miss at times and jumped around weight classes. 

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Five Questions With GLORY's Marc de Bonte

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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Badr Hari Publicly Announces Social Media Explanation

Badr Hari has finally made a video to publicly explain to everyone what has been going on with his social media accounts. I'm not sure how these fake accounts got verified without his consent but I can't help but feel there is more to the story. Anyway he has had all these fake accounts closed down and opened his own REAL accounts which he says he will have a team running for him. I wonder how long it will take for this team to do something he doesn't like and then these will become fake accounts as well, hopefully that doesn't happen, but only time will tell. His accounts have been quite active with videos and pictures, so if you're a Badr fan here is his FacebookTwitter, and Website which is coming soon.

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The Wonderful World of Kickboxing

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As those of us who’ve been around for a while might say, when it comes to the sport of kickboxing, no news is typically bad news. We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about Glory in the past few months--from murky accounts of an organization on dire straits to assurances by some of our professional kickboxing journalist pals that they have the exclusive scoop on BIG NEWS which has simply been embargoed by Glory for the time being. The fact remains that we haven’t heard anything substantive from Glory since July. There was talk of more SpikeTV content and of an event to be held at the end of October--we’re still waiting for any of these things to materialize. This behavior is worrisome for those of us who followed the scene as recently as 2012, when K-1 made promise after promise of a big comeback that ultimately never took place. It would be sad to see Glory succumb to the same fate as its ambitious predecessors, with K-1 and It’s Showtime telling the tale of how unforgiving the fight business can be.

Kickboxing in particular is a very strange industry, one that appears very active at a glance but which tells a far more sobering story beneath the surface. If we judged the scene solely on the number of events held annually, we might think that things look pretty good, with organizations like LEGEND, Global FC, Top King, A-1, and SuperKombat making news on sites like this one with fight cards featuring big name talent. While the accessibility of this content is highly variable, from robust TV broadcasts to mislabeled camera phone footage posted on YouTube, there are nevertheless fights happening all over the world and subsequently news and results which we can report to you.

But the difference between offering you a survey of sundry action from around the globe and a developing narrative that you can follow and become engrossed in is the difference between Kickboxing as a mere curiosity and as a sport in its own right. There are plenty of Kickboxing and Muay Thai videos that show up on MMA sites, but as much as their readers might appreciate them, they will never get the same first person experience of being there when iconic and spectacular moments unfold--memories of being glued to your TV when Andy Hug landed that spinning back kick or when Joe Schilling knocked Simon Marcus out cold. These moments were real, and they made us believe in this sport and dream about the possibilities. Call it a pet peeve, but I find it a little heartbreaking when brilliant retrospectives of great kickboxing moments wind up on MMA sites under “look at what this might teach us about MMA technique!” headings.

No one in particular is to blame for how things have turned out for kickboxing. Ultimately the success of any venture depends on the convergence of talent, a solid product, proper promotion, and a receptive market at an opportune moment in time. Kickboxing had various combinations of these things at different points in time, but the times and circumstances changed. The downfall of K-1 had as much to do with its management as it did with evolving trends in the Japanese entertainment market. Many factors came into play, but unfortunately, things ended for K-1 in an ugly way, leaving fighters with substantial outstanding earnings which they may never be able to fully collect. However, let us not kid ourselves about what it takes to build a real professional sport league. We’ve seen plenty of flamboyant millionaire playboys from around the world blow their money to party with celebrities and to book their favorite kickboxers for an evening of entertainment. Some of these mysterious rich dudes will even slap a label on their “organization” and take lots of photos with kickboxing bigwigs to make things look legit, but we all know that trying to produce a sustainable sports entertainment venue for the masses takes a lot more vision and tenacity than that. No matter how flashy their shows get, the playboys are not going to save Kickboxing, and neither will the small promotions like Top King (although we’ll give it a chance, just like we always do--that’s the story of Kickboxing, right?) that seem to come and go every year.

We really hope that Glory will actually make it. It seems like the formula’s been there--Glory had enough money, the right talent, the right TV deal, and an ostensible understanding of the business startup process (God knows there are enough smart-sounding former hedge fund/venture capital people on board--how many of them does it take to screw in a light bulb?). Where do things stand now? We really don’t know. We do know that there have been no shows in three months, and if it is indeed true that Glory is coming to Oklahoma on November 7, then that will make four months since its last show. We really hope that the lights will stay on at Glory because as kickboxing fans, we’ve looked forward for a long time to not living in the dark of the sports world. 

 

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