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Watch K-1 World MAX Final 16 LIVE TODAY

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In the past LiverKick has been dedicated to bringing you some of the best and greatest Kickboxing events from all over the world, from GLORY, It's Showtime and SuperKombat and we look to continue that trend by becoming an official partner with K-1's broadcast partner, Epicentre, to bring to you, the best Kickboxing fans in the world, the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 live here on LiverKick. You can view the fight card here.

The event will be on September 14th at 1PM Eastern time here in the US, 6PM London time in the UK and will cost $19.99 USD. So we invite you to join us on September 14th for the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 event live here on LiverKick. Remember that purchasing the PPV through the site helps to support LiverKick so we can continue to bring you the latest and greatest in Kickboxing coverage.

UPDATE: Thanks to K-1's sponsorship deal with Thai Airways International the stream will now be free!

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March 12: Mike Zambidis vs. Ali Gunyar

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Zambidis_GunyarNew fight news coming out of Greece: On March 12 in Athens it will be "Iron" Mike Zambidis vs. Ali Gunyar.  The two are headlining a show called Iron Challenge.  No other fights are yet announced.

This is a big fight for both men.  For Zambidis, this is a chance to continue to reestablish himself as a relevant name in the 70kg ranks.  Two years ago, it looked like Zambo's time at the top might have been done.  But he turned that around in 2010, putting together a 4 fight win streak over all strong names (Dzhabar Askerov, Warren Stevelmans, Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Yuichiro Nagashima) and ending the year as the first man in K-1 MAX to actually give champ Giorgio Petrosyan a challenge.  Oh, and along the way he just happened to turn in one of the greatest fights in K-1 MAX history, the 2010 LiverKick.com Fight of the Year against Chahid.  He's pulled himself all the way back up to #11 in our rankings, which is a huge swing from where he was not long ago.  A win over Gunyar says that he's all the way back, but a loss here will cause some to question if 2010 was an anomaly for the popular veteran fighter.

For Ali Gunyar, this is a chance to put his name in there with the real players in this division. The veteran fighter has faced many of the big names at 70kg, including Albert Kraus and Gago Drago among others, although he has often come up short in these fights.  In 2008 and 2009 he put together some solid wins, scoring victories over Chahid Oulad El Hadj, Virgil Kalakoda, and more.  He's the kind of skilled, traveled fighter that could give Zambidis a challenge, and while he's the underdog here, this is not a gimme for Zambidis.

As is always the case when Zambidis fights, he'll give up the height and reach to Gunyar, but will make up for it with an advantage in power.  In the end, I think that power and resilience, combined with the thrill of fighting in front of the Greek fans that treat him as a national hero, will give Zambidis the edge here.

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This Saturday's W5 GP to Stream Online

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W5 Grand PrixThis weekend's big kickboxing action comes from Moscow, as the city hosts the W5 Grand Prix.  Highlight of the show is the 4 man 70kg tournament featuring Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov, William Diender, and Enriko Gogokhia.  Now we've got good news for fans - the show will be streamed live online.  Visit http://allboxing.tv/en where the show can be purchased for just 99 rubles - that translates to roughly $3.50 US (2,50 Euro).  That's a great price to see these fighters in action.  Show starts at 6:00 pm Moscow time on Saturday - 10:00 am EST in the US, 2:00 pm GMT.

Although this is a smaller show, this is definitely a strong four man field for a tournament.  The semi-final round will feature Zambidis vs. Gogokhia and Askerov vs. Diender.  Both are excellent fights in their own right, but the big money fight is definitely the potential Zambidis vs. Askerov final.  Both men are aggressive and have been knocking out opponents lately.  Their clash would be two heavy hitters coming at each other, and could be a very exciting showdown.  It seems likely that this is where the tournament will go, but in this format you never know how it will play out.  If there's a spoiler here, I'd say it's Gogokhia, who has been under the radar, but looked great in two 8 man tournaments last year.  I still think Zambo will take him, but he's a tough challenger to watch out for.

One other fighter to watch on the card is Alexander Stetsurenko.  The talented Russian fighter holds a 2009 win over It's Showtime champion Artem Levin, and is deserving of a high profile international fight.

The complete line-up:

MIKE ZAMBIDIS vs. ENRIKO GOGOKHIA (71 kg)

DZHABAR ASKEROV vs. WILLIAM DIENDER (71 kg)

FINAL

ROMAN MAYILOV vs. RAMIL NOZRUZOV (63.5 kg)

VLADIMIR MINEEV vs. VITALY SHEMETIV (91 kg)

ALEXANDER STETSURENKO vs. VASSILY TERESHONOK (81 kg)

ALIM NABIEV vs. VYACHESLAV BORSCHEV (67 kg)

VLADIMIR SHULIAK vs. PETR VOSNITSKI (71 kg)

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April 9: Mike Zambidis, Dzhabar Askerov, More

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W5 Grand PrixWe're just coming off a busy kickboxing weekend in the midst of a jam packed March, and already April is looking stacked.  We've previously covered 8 April cards featuring top international names - here's a 9th to add to the list.

On April 9 in Moscow, KO Fight Club will host the W5 Grand Prix - a one night, 4 man, 71kg tournament.  They've already announced the field, and it's pretty nice.  In semi-final #1, the resurgent #7 ranked Mike Zambidis will face Enriko Gogokhia.  The other semi-final sees #23 Dzhabar Askerov vs. William Diender.

Really good stuff here, with a very solid line-up.  As I mentioned, Zambidis has seemingly come out of nowhere to reclaim his spot as one of the division's most dangerous strikers, while Askerov looked simply phenomenal in his 1 round destruction at the Oktagon event a few weeks ago.  A Zambo vs. Askerov final would be something to see.  As for the other two - Diender also puts up a good fight, but will be a big underdog to Askerov.  Gogokhia was a semi-finalist in last year's K-1 MAX East Europe GP, losing to eventual champ Vitaly Hurkou, but he looked good at that show, and I'm interested to see him once again.

Also on the card are superfights featuring Alexander Stetsurenko, Basil Tereshonok, Ramil Novruzov, Roman Mailov, Vladimir Mineev, and Vitaly Shemetov, plus a reserve fight of Vladimir Shuliak vs. Peter Woznicki.

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Weekend Results: Zambidis, Saenchai, More

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Mike Zambidis W5 Grand PrixResults from the international kickboxing scene this weekend:

Mike Zambidis took home the title at the W5 Grand Prix event in Moscow, although it wasn’t an easy road. In the semi-finals, Enriko Gogokhia provided a tough challenge, taking the fight into the extension round before Zambo could score the decision win. In semi-final #2, Dzhabar Askerov took a decision against William Diender, setting up Zambidis vs. Askerov 2 for the final. The two men once again went to war, and once again it was Zambidis claiming the win via unanimous decision. With that win, Zambidis has won 7 of his last 8, with the only loss coming against Giorgio Petrosyan. Prior to this run, he was on a 2-4 streak, and looked like his days at the top could be finished; it’s been great to see the veteran fighter make this resurgence. Also at W5: Vladimir Mineev won over Vitaly Shemetov by doctor stopage at the end of round 1, Alexandr Stetsurenko def. Vasily Tershonok by decision in the extension round, and Roman Mailov def. Ramil Novruzov via decision.

Evolution 23 took place in Australia on Saturday. As always, the Australian Muay Thai show delivered, with a number of exciting fights. In the main event, one of the scene’s big names, Bruce “The Preacher” Macfie dropped a unanimous decision to Franki Giorgi. Giorgi had defeated Macfie by stoppage at the last card to set up this rematch, and while the Preacher went the distance this time, reports indicate the result was never in doubt.

Elsewhere in the card there was some controversy in a fight between Eli Madigan and Jason Scerri, which Madigan won. Post-show, Scerri’s corner has been very critical of Madigan and Evolution, claiming that when they agreed to the fight, they requested there be no elbows used, as Scerri no longer fights under full Muay Thai rules. According to Scerri’s camp at Jabout Gym, both Evolution and Madigan’s team agreed to this, however when the fight started, Madigan used numerous elbows to cut open his opponent. Scerri’s corner threw in the towel as they felt they were being cheated. Bit of an ugly situation there.

One final note from the show – much credit is due to Glen Purvis, who came in on very short notice to face the tough and experienced Dane Daddy Kool when Dane’s original opponent had to bow out. Taking a fight against a fighter at that level on just a few days notice is impressive. Even more impressive? Purvis is only 16 years old. Hats off to him for stepping in there.

Full results from Evolution 23 in the complete entry.

And finally, top Muay Thai fighter Saenchai Sinbi (the former Saenchai Sor Kingstar) was in action in England. Saenchai faced top ranked UK Muay Thai fighter Liam Harrison. Reports say this was an excellent fight with Harrisoin giving it his all, but in the end, Saenchai was too much and took the unanimous decision win. He’s now 2-0 against Harrison after a 2009 decision victory. If you’re unfamiliar with Saenchai, get to YouTube and check him out – truly one of the most gifted athletes in the world in any combat sports discipline.

 

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Mike Zambidis Victorious in Greece, Albert Kraus Not So Lucky in Russia

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zamboSaturday was a pretty odd day for the world of fighting. The threat of nuclear meltdown hangs over the collective heads of those in Northeastern Japan, leaving the fight industry there just an afterthought. In between concern over their lives and the lives of their friends and loved ones, you could see fighters on Twitter expressing confusion over what was going on in America, but it passed, as actual pressing matters took over.

In the states, debate, concern, gloating and groaning took place as it was announced that Zuffa, parent company of the UFC purchased top competitor Strikeforce. We are still yet to see exactly how it unfolds, but watching the United States MMA scene over the next two years will be very, very interesting to say the least.

We also got to see Fight Code put on Oktagon, a show featuring Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Cosmo Alexandre, as well as a fantastic top-to-bottom card to support said fight. But there were some other fights of interest in the kickboxing world. In Greece, hometown hero "Iron" Mike Zambidis, better known to some fans simply as ZAMBO outclassed Ali Gunyar on the Iron Challenge event.

The other big fight of note was Albert Kraus fought in Russia against a hometown fighter, Batu Khasikov. This was set to be a tune-up fight for Kraus, but much like Andy Souwer's tune-up fight in Spain, Kraus found himself on the bottom half of a decision and a disappointing end to his Russian excursion.

Oh, and we have videos after the break. Thanks to our pal Brent Ducharme for scouting these.

 

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K-1 Announces K-1 World MAX Final 16 in Spain

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K-1 MAX Spain

Today K-1 has finally made a big announcement that will make longtime fans happy, as they have announced a date and a few names for the K-1 World MAX Final 16 event. The K-1 World MAX Final 16 will go down on September 14th in Spain, with K-1 Global working in conjunction with Street Culture Promotions, whom you might remember from various It's Showtime events.

The event will go down on September 14th on the island of Mallorca in Spain and while the whole field of competitors has not been announced yet, they have released a list of names signed on so far, including some old favorites and some of the fighters from the K-1 World Qualifying Tour events.

Andy Souwer

Mike Zambidis

Abraham Roqueni

David Calvo

Shane Campbell

Joey Pagliuso

Wallace Lopez

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Upcoming Australian Shows

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Evolution 23If you don't watch anything from the Australian kickboxing/Muay Thai scene, you are sadly missing out on some great action.  There are a number of great promotions running in Australia, and the shows consistently deliver top end fights with a combination of veterans like Paul Slowinski and John Wayne Parr, along with hot prospects like Thor Hoopman and recent K-1 star Ben Edwards.  It's a very busy scene, with multiple upcoming shows; here are four shows definitely worth a look:

Feb. 26 - Knees of Fury 32: This show is all about the main event, which is a great battle of old guard vs. new.  On one side is Paul Slowinski, who for years has been the top Australian representative to the international Heavyweight kickboxing scene.  He faces the young Thor Hoopman, a John Wayne Parr trainee who is on the cusp of big things.  Hoopman defeated Slowinski via decision in late 2009, and will look to score the 2nd victory here.  Hoopman is still developing, and is not yet perfectly consistent, but I have high hopes for his future, and would love to see him get another good win here.  The rest of the card includes: Kym Johnson vs Wes Capper; Myles Simpson vs Flip Street; Martin Olczak vs Jye Demmrich; Charlie Chau vs Hiki Hanui; Tenille May vs Sarah O'Connell; Steve Behan vs Cameran Murcott; and Tom Boyle vs Jun Lee.

April 2 - Kings of Kombat 3: More from the busy Slowinski, as this time he takes on the legend Peter Graham.  This is a sort of battle of generations, as Graham was one of K-1's main Australian representatives through the early 2000's, winning a number of big fights, including a defeat of Badr Hari, until he saw that spot taken by Slowinski in the middle part of the decade.  These two have met twice before, splitting the battles 1-1.  While neither man is at his peak any more, this will still be a battle that Australian fans are excited about, and it should be close.  Both men have had recent successes, including an MMA victory over Aleksander Emelianenko for Graham.  The semi main event is also a big fight, as reigning K-1 Oceania champion Ben Edwards faces the former K-1 Vegas champ Carter Williams, who continues to try and make a comeback after a lengthy absence from the ring. Also signed is Jordan Tai vs. Steve Moxon and Atal Kakar vs. Supi Lanumata.

April 9 - Evolution 23: In this crowded scene, Evolution is leads the way.  They put on shows featuring full Muay Thai rules that spotlight both local fighters along with some names from Thailand.  Their 23rd show is coming up, and the main event is a good one, as longtime Aussie veteran Bruce "The Preacher" Macfie faces Frank Giorgi.  This is a rematch from Evolution 22 where Giorgi scored the somewhat surprising win over Macfie, who at the time was riding high off a win over John Wayne Parr.  The other fight I'm really looking forward to is Michael Thompson vs. Flip Street.  Thompson is one of my favorite younger talents in this scene, and this is a good fight for him.  Also on the card: Leonard Sitpholek vs. Danny Derdowski; Dane Daddy Cool vs. Serrachino; and Eli Madigan vs. Jason Scerri.

May 27 - Payback Time 3: Finally, the first fight in John Wayne Parr's 2011 retirement tour sees him main event here against his longtime rival Mike Zambidis.  Zambidis is coming off his resurgent 2010 that saw him win the fight of the year against Chahid in K-1 MAX, while Parr has announced that 2011 will be his last year as a fighter. These two men are 1-1 against each other, with their fights held up as some of the greatest in the history of the Australian scene.  With Parr's career coming to and end, Zambidis on the comeback trail, and both men looking to definitively win the series, this could be the Fight of the Year.

For more on these shows and the entire Australian scene, check out International Kickboxer magazine.

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John Wayne Parr to Retire in 2011

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John Wayne Parr in actionJohn Wayne Parr has officially announced his retirement. The Australian Muay Thai fighter posted the news on his Facebook page last week:

“Never thought I would be writing this one, but 2011 will be my last year fighting. I turn 35 in May so time isn't on my side. Want to give it everything I can this year and finish on a high. Don’t want to have 5 fights too many and start drooling when I speak. One more year before I have to think about what I will do after I retire, hope it's not washing dishes.”

A big factor in this decision was his difficulty cutting weight at this point: “85kg to 72.5kg every 6 weeks hurts way to much and I don't think my body can go through it much more. Even dropping to 75kg hurts, any bigger I am just too small a frame to fight the big guys.”

Parr has made it clear that he will indeed fight through the end of 2011. He is looking at taking roughly 5-6 fights this year, preferably in Australia. The first of these fights is set, as Parr revealed that he will face his longtime rival Mike Zambidis on May 28 (thanks to our old pals at HKL for the info).  As for the rest of the fights - the Gunslinger has multiple opponents who he has met numerous times, and whose fights help define Parr's career.  Rivalries with Yodsaenklai, Zambidis, and Bruce Macfie are full of classic fights, and all would be great opponents for Parr's final year.

For more details directly from Parr, check out these new interviews with Muay Thai Is Life, and HeadKickLegend.

While Parr’s best days are perhaps behind him, he is far from irrelevant in the Middleweight division. Recent wins over the likes of Zambidis and Yodsaenklai Fairtex have shown that he can still compete with the best, and we currently have him ranked at #20 in the LiverKick.com Middleweight rankings. Like Masato before him, Parr is choosing to step away before injuries force him away and while he can remain healthy in retirement.

A long-time veteran of the sport, Parr started his professional career 18 years ago at just 17 years of age, famously winning an Australian title in his first year. Early in his career, Parr moved to Thailand where he gained valuable experience and quickly established himself as a young fighter to watch. Over the next few years, he competed primarily in Thailand (including winning the 2001 King’s Cup) and his native Australia.

For many fans, it was the 2004 K-1 MAX Grand Prix that brought Parr to international stardom. At the GP, Parr gave Buakaw Por. Pramuk all he could handle, dragging Buakaw to an extension round before the eventual 2004 champ could score enough damage to earn a close split decision win.

Parr’s next big international exposure came in 2007 when he appeared on The Contender Asia. Already a 15 year veteran of the sport, Parr was immediately seen as a focal point of the show. He made his way to the show’s finals before losing to Yodsaenklai.

2009 saw Parr face off with Buakaw once again at the Champion of Champions 2 event in Jamaica. Again, the two went to a razor close decision, and again Buakaw got the nod, although many felt that Parr should have taken the win.

Last year, Parr avenged his 2 previous loses to Yodsaenklai, finally defeating his long-time foe. He called this win “the greatest thing I have done in the sport” and said he now has nothing else he needs to accomplish.

While his career is exceptional, Parr’s popularity is equally due to his extremely open attitude towards fans. For years, Parr has been one of the most accessible fighters, always willing to talk openly with fans about his experiences. You can often find him on various message boards, sharing details about his fights, posting candid stories and pictures, and just taking part in the conversation. He is, and always has been, a tremendous ambassador for the sport.

In recent years, Parr has been focused on training fighters at his Boonchu Gym in Queensland, and will continue in this role into retirement. It’s great news that he will still be involved in the sport, as he not only represents Muay Thai well, but also has much to offer young fighters. His star pupil at the moment is Heavyweight Thor Hoopman, who is on the verge of breaking into the top 25 and made his K-1 debut last year at the Oceania GP.

While I certainly understand and respect his decision, there’s no denying that the kickboxing scene will lose something when Parr hangs up his gloves. On behalf of everyone at LiverKick.com, I wish Parr all the best in his final year, and in all his future plans.

We’ll have more details on Parr as the year continues, and will be sure to keep you up to date on the final year of this legend.

 

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K-1 Announces K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 Tournament Fights

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K-1 MAX

The K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16 is rapidly approaching, going down on September 14th in Palma de Mallorca, Spain with a few big names tacked onto tournament and qualifying bout winners from this year. It makes for an interesting yet odd blend of names, which have now been put into fights! We've been waiting for these, so it is nice to see them laid out finally. The big match-ups are Andy Souwer vs. Yasuhiro Kid, Mike Zambidis vs. Elam Ngor and Buakaw Banchamek vs. David Calvo, but there are some interesting fights on there as well like Henri Van Opstal vs. Enriko Kehl.

So, let's get on with it already, right?

  • Andy Souwer (NLD) vs. Yasuhiro Kido (JAP)
  • Buakaw Banchamek (THA) vs. David Calvo (SPA)
  • Shane Campbell (CAN) vs. Wallace Lopez (BRA)
  • Lee Sung-Hyun (KOR) vs. Francois Alexande (FRA)
  • Zhou Zhi-Peng (CHN) vs. Joey Pagliuso (USA)
  • Maximo Suarez (ESP) vs. Miodrag Olar (ROU)
  • Henri Van Opstal (NLD) vs. Enriko Kehl (DEU)
  • Mike Zambidis (GRC) vs. Elam Ngor (ESP)

LiverKick will be hosting the internet PPV for the K-1 World MAX 2013 Final 16, so you won't even have to leave your favorite Kickboxing site to watch the event! Stay tuned for more details shortly.

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