This past weekend in Constanta, Romania SuperKombat presented their fourth SuperKombat World Grand Prix event of this year. It was an event highlighted by big wins by Catalin Morosanu, Cristian Milea, Sebastian Ciobanu and a surprise win from Alex Filip with a huge rolling thunder KO victory that has gone viral all over the internet since the event. But, as per usual, SuperKombat events were a lot more than just the fights, SuperKombat pushes their events to be cultural events in Romania.
This event in Constanta was no different, with the leadup to the event including television stars from America, European pop stars, artists and actors were there, hell, even Remy Bonjasky was in attendance as a special guest at the event, coming off of his recent retirement bout earlier this year.
French footballer Bacary Sagna, who currently is a part of the popular Manchester City, was also in attendance in the event (pictured above in the center), where he was not only a spectator, but he also entered the ring to present a trophy to Alex Filip after his wonderful performance that night.
In addition Romanian pop singer Roxana Nemes, winner of the Mamaia Music Awards 2014 “Best Girl Act” award, performed a rendition of “I Love Rock N’ Roll” for the enthusiastic crowd welcoming Cenik Cankurtaranoglu to the ring.
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 go back to 2005, we go back to a time when Japan was the undoubted home of kickboxing and K-1 was king. K-1's MAX division was on fire and K-1 had a legitimate star in Masato. The past few weeks I've been thinking about how much I miss the days when Japan was the epicenter for the sport of kickboxing and the best way to sum up what is missing is to look at the K-1 MAX Japan tournaments. Masato was K-1's MAX star, but there were a host of other Japanese fighters who got a big push from K-1 to be that big star. There was Kozo Takeda, Taishin Kohiruimaki, Yuya Yamamoto, Yuichiro Nagashima, Yasuhiro Kido and Yoshihiro Sato.
Each fighter had varying results, some showed more promise than others, while you had guys like Kozo Takeda who just went down swinging as a cult hero that nobody had huge expectations for in the end. If there was ever one guy who had that chance, it was Taishin (also known as Takayuki) Kohiruimaki. Kohi won the K-1 World MAX Japan tournament a whopping three times, in 2004, 2005 and 2009, but still failed to really catch on with Japanese fans. In fact, he was often-times booed by fans.
Kohi had the look, the ability, but his personality and fighting style just weren't up to snuff when compared to Masato. Masato was exciting, personable and charismatic, while Kohi fit more into the mold of a Remy Bonjasky in the ring and he wasn't that great of an interview or public figure.
All of this being said, Kohi was still an awesome fighter and while he may have "choked" a bit whenever he got to the big stage, he really was one of the kings of the MAX Japan tournaments. What better way to highlight that than his awesome, awesome fight against Akeomi Nitta in the K-1 World MAX Japan 2005 Finals?
Yokkao are once again returning to the UK only this time with two cards in one night.
On October the 11th 2014 Yokkao will host their tenth and eleventh events from Bolton, England. Whilst most of the card is yet to be unveiled, the handful of fights already announced make this a card not to be missed, featuring the best the UK Muay Thai scene has to offer against a whole host of talented and highly-regarded international opposition.
Headlining the first card will be a bout between England’s best at 70kg as Jordan Watson competes for only the second time this calendar year as he faces off against French-Italian journeyman Mickael Piscitello.
Fellow Bad Company Muay Thai representative Liam Harrison will headline the second card against Kongsak Sitboonmee, a man who only a few years ago was regarded as one of the best Muay Thai fighters in all of Thailand.
The fight between Pakorn and Greg Wootton was originally scheduled for this past March at Yokkao 8, however the bout was unfortunately cancelled due to travel issues with Pakorn and has been rescheduled for this event.
Yokkao # 10 2pm GMT:
Jordan Watson (ENG) vs. Mickael Piscitello (FRE)
Pakorn Sakoythin (THA) vs. Greg Wootton (ENG)
Yokkao # 11 6pm GMT:
Liam Harrison (ENG) vs. Kongsak Sitboonmee (THA)
Brad Stanton (ENG) vs. Crice Boussouku (FRE)
Dean James (ENG) vs. Runmai Mo Tammachat (THA)
Yesterday there was some troubling news about one of the most beloved stars in kickboxing and muay thai when a video surfaced, originally posted on his Instagram account, that showed him "playing" with a dog. The video depicted Banchamek on top of the dog, taking its paw and slapping it in the face before using more force, with the dog increasingly crying out in what was a bit of a disturbing video. Buakaw and his team have today issued a statement in regards to the video.
To anyone who watched this video, I want to apologize if you were offended in anyway. The dog you saw in this video is name Milo. When he and his brothers were little, people tried to poison them to get rid of them. We at. the gym adopted Milo and his brother cafe, and gave them a home and love. I was playing with the dog and it was misinterpreted, I did not mean to hurt the dog. The video was deleted and someone hacked the video. We ask. you to please not share or comment any bad opinions of this misunderstanding. Know that Milo has a great family with us and is well taken care of! Sorry again. Buakaw Banchamek the fans and the people involved.
Definitely more along the lines of what we expect from Buakaw. Hopefully there was some sort of lesson learned here as well.