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Whoa. Melvin Manhoef and Gokhan Saki Training Together at Mike's Gym

As a Kickboxing fan, there isn't a lot that can give me true pause anymore, but this video that surfaced of Gokhan Saki training at Mike's Gym did. Not because of the ridiculous rumors of Saki leaving Golden Glory, as we've already established that with Cor Hemmers taking on more responsibilities within the GLORY organization, he doesn't have the time to focus on his fighters, which means that Saki has decided to train at Mike's Gym while still fighting for Glory and being a part of the team. Anyway, what gave me pause was the fact that there is already video of Gokhan Saki sparring with Melvin Manhoef at Mike's Gym.

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Albert Kraus Making Pro Boxing Debut on September 2

Albert Kraus has talked about doing pro boxing from time to time over the years, including this year. He recently talked about how he would finally make his boxing debut this year and how he was very happy with how GLORY were treating him and how they were allowing him to give boxing a try.

Kraus will make his boxing debut on September 2 in The Hague, Netherlands on Muay Thai Mania, promoted by Extreme Promotions. A rematch between Nieky Holzken and L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni is also supposed to take place on this event.

Kraus recently started up an official Facebook page, where himself and his team have been updating it fairly frequently. Among the updates are a lot of pictures of him training boxing, most notably with currently undefeated English heavyweight boxer, Tyson Fury and his dad/trainer, Peter Fury.

I like this move for Kraus, as it's always nice to get another look at things in the ring and to sharpen up his hands. A lot of kickboxers have tried their hands at boxing, some with success and others without much, but I think this is a good idea for Kraus to stay active and sharp.

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No, Gokhan Saki Didn't Leave Glory, Is Training at Mike's Gym

An interesting rumor has been circulating the past few days in the Kickboxing world, the rumor being that Gokhan Saki has left Golden Glory and instead set up shop at Mike's Gym. The rumor does have some truths in it, but the truth part is a bit minor in the grand scheme of things. Maritjn de Jong has been quoted saying that Gokhan Saki has indeed been doing some training at Mike's Gym, but it does not mean that he has left team Golden Glory. The Dutch kickboxing world is just a small world and while there are gym rivalries, they are usually exaggerated in the press and most gyms are rather friendly with each other.

Anyway, here is the video that really sparked this rumor.

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Photo of the Day: Alistair Overeem Trains with Tyrone Spong

It is just a week away until Tyrone Spong will step into the ring at It's Showtime 58 against the legend Peter Aerts. The bout is slated to be Mr. K-1's retirement in the Benelux region of Europe, originally his full retirement, before Glory stepped in with an offer that he couldn't refuse. As we are all very aware of, Spong is training in Florida alongside the Blackzilian camp, which includes UFC Heavyweight contender and former K-1 World Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem. This means that Spong and Overeem train together, and for Spong, who better to train with than the man that narrowly defeated him in K-1? The team behind the Reem was there to photograph their training and share it with the world.

Don't forget to go ahead and purchase the PPV for It's Showtime 57 and 58, which means access to the full card!

Spong/Reem

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