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Capital Punishment 7 in Canberra Line-Up

Capital Punishment 7

Our friends from down under keep pumping out the quality kickboxing with Capital Punishment 7 which is going down on March 23rd in Canberra. The show is to be headlined by the fourth showdown between Paul Slowinski and Ben Edwards. They've been trading wins for a while now and this fourth contest should be no different than an all-out brawl. For those in the area, tickets are on sale now and for the rest of us, well, tough luck.

Capital Punishment 7 - Slowinski vs. Edwards 4

Paul Slowinski vs. Ben Edwards

Steve McKinnon vs. Nato Lauuli

Spiro Black vs Eden McGrath (NZ) - ISKA South Pacific title

Josh Tonna vs Peter Tam Cai - Full Thai Rules

Damien Philpot vs Ali Kocak - MMA

More will be announced soon.

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TaCa Replaces Roman Mailov in Krush 67kg Tournament

After stepping in for Houcine Bennoui to face Yuta Kubo in the opening round of the Krush 67kg Tournament on January 14th, Krush has announced that Roman Mailov has sustained an injury in training and will be replaced by TaCa. TaCa was originally set to fight in the reserve bout against MA Kick champion Jun Nakazawa, but now gets his shot in the main tournament against favorite Yuta Kubo. TaCa is a heavy-handed fighter who handed Hideaki Yamazaki his first loss and competed in the 63kg WILDRUSH League, where he went 2-3 (1 KO), finishing in 4th place. Although he is just 3-6 in the past 2 years, he has fought a pretty good schedule, with the 3 losses in the WILDRUSH League coming to 1st, 3rd and 5th placed Hideaki Yamazaki, NOMAN and Yukimitsu Takahashi, while his 3 losses in 2011 came to Ryuji Kajiwara, Ikki and Naoki Terasaki. His wins include his first fight against Yamazaki and wins in the WILDRUSH League over Naoki Terasaki and 2nd placed Hitoshi Tsukagoshi. Quite honestly, he has nothing to lose here as Kubo is considered a huge favorite and the expectations for TaCa are low, considering he didn't initially make it into the tournament field. I expect him to come out guns blazing, but unless he is able to hurt Kubo badly in the opening round, I don't see him doing very well. Replacing TaCa in the reserve bout against Nakazawa is Yoshihiro Tomihita, who went 4-0 in 2012 with a pair of stoppages.

One interesting thing to note is that this makes Abdallah Ezbiri the only remaining non-Japanese fighter in the tournament and he has a tough quarterfinal fight against Yuji Nashiro. 

Full fight card for Jawin Presents Krush Grand Prix 2013 ~67kg First Class Tournament~ after the break

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'The Godslayer' by Dave Walsh Available Now

GodslayerI do my best sometimes not to abuse the fact that I run a wildly popular Kickboxing site (most would say the most popular one in the world, oddly enough) and also do a whole lot of other things. I've done my best in not blatantly promote some of my work (you'll notice my band over most podcasts, sorry), but there comes a time when you gotta do what you gotta do.

So I've been writing about combat sports for the better part of the last ten years now, sometimes in strange, obscure locations, other times in some very visible and cool places. The fact that you are here means that you've read some of my stuff before. Along the way I've made a lot of great friends inside of the industry, everyone from journalists to fans to fighters and promoters. My thing is that I write fiction and honestly I never expected them to overlap, but in this case, they did. I started a short story about a retired fighter and how the industry looked from his eyes and before I knew it I was writing an entire novel about him and his relation to his family and his career as a fighter.

After a year of negotiations with agents, publishers and a bunch of other people, I decided just to release it on my own. Sure, it is more of a gamble, but the facts are that I can do it my way, sell it for cheaper and promote it myself. There aren't a lot of people in the publishing world who really get the fight industry and outside of Tank Abbott's quasi-fantasy-autobiographical novel, there isn't much of a precedent for a work of fiction about a MMA fighter.

It is available now on the Amazon Kindle store for $3.99 USD. I suspect within the next few days it will begin popping up on the Apple Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and more. If a hard copy is more your flavor, it should be available via Amazon some time next week. I thank you and everyone else for all of their support.

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Steve Moxon vs. Yohan Lidon on February 22

Australia's Steve Moxon signed with GLORY last year and is set to make his debut for them on March 23 against Jordan Watson. First, he'll have another fight next month against another formidable opponent.

Moxon will fight France's Yohan Lidon, the former It's Showtime champion at 73kg and a veteran of the international scene in Muay Thai and kickboxing. The fight will take place in Kensington, Australia and sees the return of promoter Tarik Solak with his A1 World Combat Cup events. The fight will be for the A1 World Middleweight title and the event will be the start of the A1 World Grand Prix 2013 and features the first heat.

Last year it was hinted that the A1 World Combat Cup series would return and this seems to be the first of more to come. $100 000 is on the line so it's a big opportunity for some fighters to make a name for themselves and get paid.

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