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Promotors and Promotions to Watch: Vinnie McWilliams

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Hello all, in my continued attempts to get the sport of Muay Thai and kickboxing to the masses, I decided to do a segment called promoters and promotions to watch. My goal; to introduce the kickboxing public to new talent and ways to watch them, to encourage fighters, managers, and gyms to contact the promoter in hopes of creating opportunities for their athletes to compete, and finally, I hope to introduce the back bone to the sport, which is the local shows. Long before Giorgio Petrosyan, Jordan Watson, Andy Ristie, and Gohkan Saki were watched on Glory and K-1 cards, there were local promoters that gave them the opportunity to develop there skill set. I hope to tell people about such promoters and give them a forum to get their product out. First up, Vinnie McWilliams of the UK .

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Watch Ilona Wijmans vs. Denise Kielhotlz

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This past weekend in the Netherlands Enfusion Live held their first event of the year. This event featured a -57kgs World Title fight between Champion Ilona Wijmans and Denise Kielhotlz that ended with Wijmans winning the bout via a controversial decision. Many fans who witnessed it believed that the fight should be a draw and yesterday Kielholtz filed a formal appeal to have the decision overturned.

Now it's your turn to decide, as Enfusion Live has put the fight up on YouTube for all to view and decide for themselves. Go ahead and watch it, then let us know.

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'The Godfather of Kickboxing' Thom Harinck Back Into the Mix

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In 1972, director Francis Ford Coppola breathed life into Mario Puzo's most famous crime drama, The Godfather. The story and its subsequent sequels chronicled the story of the Corleone family from their origins in Sicily, rise to power and finally the efforts of the family to legitimize the family's name and fortune. One of the best scenes in trilogy is when an exasperated Michael Corleone exclaims, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

Why even bring up The Godfather on a kickboxing site?

Why, because sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, something else big was happening in 1972, the founding of Chakuriki Gym in Amsterdam by Thom Harinck. The 'Chakuriki' style which represents a fusion of techniques from boxing, Kyokushin karate, judo, jujitsu wrestling, Muay Thai and Savate for over forty years became a dominant influence on the fighting styles of many of the biggest names in kickboxing. Among his many talented pupils standouts such as Peter Aerts, Andy Hug, Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef, Branko Cikatic, Hesdy Gerges, Pedro Rizzo, Jerome LeBanner and countless others have had their careers and fighting style shaped by Harinck's Chakuriki philosophy. In 2013, however, one of the most influential men in the sport decided to retire. At that time Harinck stated that he would continue to support the sport from the sidelines focusing his energy on the completion of a book about his life, spending time with his family, participating in European forums regarding kickboxing, and of course doing seminars all over the world.

During his first year of retirement, Thom Harinck was still one of the busiest retirees I had ever met. In 2015, one of his former pupils, current Glory light heavyweight champion, Saulo Cavalari reached out to him for management services. Always one to support the sport and his former pupils, Harinck agreed. With one foot already back in the game, 2016, Thom Harinck has decided to take Chakuriki full throttle again, coaching a small number of his former pupils including Saulo Cavalari, Hesdy Gerges and Amir Zeyada. Just when he thought he was out, they pulled him back in. His comeback has not been unconditional. While Harinck has sold his old gym in Amsterdam, he has found another place to train and it, like before, is under the Chakuriki system: hard training, no talking, no drugs. The Chakuriki style according to Harinck is not just a fight style, it's a lifestyle and in 2016 it begins again. For forty years Thom Harinck dedicated his life to training boys to be the best men in the ring and as long as he has his health, he's dedicated to training for many more. Watch out Glory, K-1, SuperKombat......Harinck's back.

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Trailer for Enfusion Season 2

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If you are one of the lucky few to get Fight Now! TV in the US, you will be treated to being able to watch the second season of Enfusion. This season focuses on the 95MAX division as they train at Super Pro Samui bootcamp in Thailand with weekly fights that see one fighter eliminated. Looks like it'll be airing Tuesdays at 8pm Eastern time, so if you get it, watch it!

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Enfusion Live 29 Results

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Here are the full results for Enfusion Live #29 in Amsterdam. Some great fights on the card, even though it had quite a few decsions, a few stars really stole the show. Ilias Bulaid of course being one of them, his pace is absolutely insane, his opponent just couldn't keep up and was exhausted in the 3rd and then the liver punch finished him off. Also Tayfun Ozcan is training with Nieky Holzken now and won both his fights looking very impressive.

Results

Tournament Reserve - Mohammed Ben Nasser def. Cedric Burgzorg by Decision

Tournament Semi Final - Aziz Kallah def. Fatih Ozkan by Decision

Tournament Semi Final - Tayfun Ozcan def. Redouan Larkoubi by KO Rd 1

Enfusion World Title - Sheena Widdershoven def. Rachel Adamus by Decision

Abdelmounim Mouya def.  Serginio Kanters by Decision

Ilias Bulaid def. Maxim Federkov by KO Rd 3 (liver punch)

Tournament Final - Tayfun Ozcan def. Aziz Kallah by Unanimous Dec.

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Enfusion Live #21 on October 4th Card

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Enfusion returns with Enfusion Live #21 on Saturday, October 4th live from Germany. The event will be streaming on EnfusionLive.com for free and will feature Nikolaj Falin fighting Mohamed Boubkari for the Enfusion -95kg World Championship. Here is the full card for the event.

#21 Enfusion Live Merseburg, Germany Saturday 4.10.2014

Watch Live on the Enfusion Stream www.enfusionlive.com

Start Time 22.00 local time 

1. Max Baumert (Germany) Vs Valdet Gashi (Albania) -70 KG

2. Mellony Geugjes (The Netherlands) Vs Dilara Yildiz (Turkey) -54 KG

3. Leo Bönniger (Germany) Vs Mohammed Jaraya (Morocco) -70 KG

4. Enrico Rogge (Germany) Vs Mohand Bouzidi (France) -90 KG

5. Mark Vogel (Germany) Vs Ilias Bulaid (Morocco) -70 KG

6. Nikolaj Falin (Russia) Vs Mohamed Boubkari (Morocco) -95 KG - Enfusion World Title -95KG

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Weekend Results: Enfusion Live May 25th

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(C) Ben Pontier

Enfusion Live continued forth with their 2014 season by promoting yet another event in the Netherlands this past weekend. This one emanated from Amsterdam and, well, you'd know it from the fact that one of the sponsors on the mat was for a whore house in the red light district. It's no wonder Amsterdam has such a weird international reputation with Kickboxing. Anyway, here are the results from the event as well as highlights!

Aziz Kallah (R3 - Dec.) hicham Boubkai
Anke Van Gestel (R3 - Dec.) Lindsay Scheer
Marcello Adriaansz (R1 - TKO) Gurghan Degirmenci
Walid Hamid (R3 - Dec.) Mohammed Jaraya
Othman Allach (R1 - KO) Kevin Hessling
Hamza Essalih (R3 - Dec.) Maik redan
Khalid Chabrani (R1 - KO) Omar Hanafy

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Enfusion Live #37 Fight Card

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Ringfight Promotions and Enfusion Live are putting together a special card for us in Eindhoven, The Netherlands on February 27, 2016. Enfusion said they would be stepping it up in 2016, and they are proving it with their best card to date. Ismael Lazaar will defend his title against his toughest opponent yet in Jahfarr Wilnis. Also they will have the Finals of their 70kg max tournament that was started in 2015 with the winner taking home $25,000.

Fight Card

Hvyweight Title: (c) Ismael Lazaar vs. Jahfarr Wilnis

70kgs Tournament semi-final: Winner semi final #1 vs Winner semi final #2

70kgs Tournament semi-final #2: Mohammed Jaraya vs Nordin Ben Moh

70kgs Tournament semi-final #1: Tayfun Ozcan vs Philippe Salmon

Ilias Bulaid vs Edson Fortes

Mark van den Ouweland vs Koos Kivits

Ibrahim El Boustati vs Yakup Kaya

Horace Boy Boy Martin vs Mohammed Boubkari

Marcel Verhaar vs Bilal Kasrioui

Jeremy Blijd vs Boubaker Elbakouri

Hamza Ahnine vs Reda Narain

Henri Van Opstal vs Mohammed Mezouari

Ali Zoubai vs Soufiane Kaddouri

Khalid Elbakouri vs Ertugrul Bayrak

Fikri Ameziane vs TBA

Samantha van Doorn vs TBA

Ralph Blewanus vs TBA

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Enfusion Announces Roster for Enfusion Reality: Victory of the Vixen

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Enfusion released the list of names that will be participating in their Enfusion Reality: Victory of the Vixen season that is set to begin filming in September. One glaring omission from this list was the originally announced Tiffany Van Soest, who has a fight with Lion Fight in September and also has a new, exclusive contract with the promotion. This season will feature four teams of four women, coached by a Heavyweight male. Those Heavyweights will fight in a tournament of their own at the end. It looks like there might be some sort of contest to see which women get on the show and which four men get on the show.

One of the strangest names on this list is Ashwin Balrak, best known for making headlines in 2010 for drug trafficking and mob connections. He was always seen as a black mark on European kickboxing and it's interesting to see his name on this list.

Competitors Ladies 54KG

1. Fatima Pinto Norway
2. Johanna Rydberg Sweden
3. Ferial Ameerroedien South Africa
4. Meryem Uslu Germany
5. TBC
6. Samantha Van Doorn The Netherlands
7. Soraya Haurissa Indonesia
8. Isis Verbeek The Netherlands
9. Marina Zueva Russia
10. Filipa Correia Portugal
11. Adi Rotem Israel
12. Anissa Meksen France
13. Iman Barlow England
14. Ashley Nichols Canada
15. Lizzie Largilliere France
16. Sammy-Lee Brown Australia
17. Maria Pantazi Greece
18. Simone Dommelen The Netherlands

Captains
1. Daniel Sam England
2. Lukasz Krupadziorow Poland
3. Bruice Guidon France
4. Kirk Krouba Ivory Coast
5. Ashcwin Balrak Surinam

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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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