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Batu Khasikov vs. Mike Zambidis Postponed, Zambidis Being Replaced For June 7

Batu Khasikov and Mike Zambidis met last year in November and the fight was very anticlimatic, with Zambidis not being able to continue fighting after a knee that didn't look like much fractured his jaw early in the first round. They were set to meet again on June 7, but now the fight has been postponed and Fight Nights, the promotion, is looking for a replacement for Zambidis.

As we know, Mike Zambidis opted to fight in the K-1 MAX Final 16 on May 27 in Madrid, Spain. June 7 is just ten days after and Fight Nights felt the need to replace Zambidis due to the unlikelihood of him fighting on that date. Fight Nights is searching for an open opponent, and with Glory on May 26 and K-1 on May 27, it'll be interesting to see what fighter they can get to face Batu Khasikov. They've already gotten Albert Kraus and Mike Zambidis, two big names but with the unavailability of much of the upper echelon 70kg fighters, here isn't as much out there in that regard. Fight Nights has even considered Buakaw as an opponent, but that doesn't seem very likely with his current situation.[source]

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Alexey Ignashov Returns to the Ring in May for Fight Code

AlexeyIt has been over a year since Alexey Ignashov has stepped into a Kickboxing ring, and while we are all talking about who will join GLORY or who will join K-1, there is a lot less talk about Fight Code and promotions like SuperKombat. A name that has been brought up in the "where will they go" conversation is Alexey Ignashov, a fighter with a very troubled past who has been fighting part time in the past few years after having bouts with alcoholism.

In 2010 he was given another shot at glory in K-1, given a rematch with Badr Hari which he was nowhere near prepared for before being put into the mix of a qualifying tournament in Bucharest, Romania which he was on track to win before having to pull out of the final fight due to injury. It's Showtime brought him in to fight against Thomas Hron, and sadly things did not go well for Alexy. Ignashov actually fought for Fight Code last February, defeating Roman Kleibl by decision.

It looks like Ignashov will return to the Fight Code ring in May in Budapest, Hungary. Not much is known about this card so far outside of it happening on May 12th in Budapest and that not only is Ignashov appearing, but Vitali Ahkramenko should be as well.

UPDATE: Ali Cenik posted on his official Facebook that he will be fighting Alexey Ignashov.

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Bas Boon Issues Statement Regarding His Beef with K-1, It's Showtime, FEG, Etc.

Bas BoonToday is an interesting day for Kickboxing news, as I wake up to see that Robin van Roosmalen, a Golden Glory fighter announced for the May 26th card in Sweden, has signed with It's Showtime and K-1 and will participate on the May 27th card for K-1 instead. This seems like the first brick of Glory's wall being ripped out, and yet another volley in the ongoing war between Simon Rutz and Bas Boon. On top of that, Bas Boon issued a statement in regards to, well, everything that has been going on. As always, Bas Boon is not afraid to name names, make wild accusations and include a lot of links to articles.

We have reached out to K-1 Global for comment and will update as soon as we hear back.

NOTE: It should be noted that this is completely Bas Boon, does not reflect LiverKick.com's opinions, beliefs or anything of the sort. It should also be mentioned that there is a section claiming that we "removed" an article. That link works, the article is still there.

Interview with Bas Boon by Tadashi Tanaka the japanese journalist who broke the story in 2006 in the Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai (Weekly Gendai) containing allegations that the Pride Fighting Championships, once the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world, was actually owned by the Yakuza, Japanese organized crime. Pride shows were dropped by Fuji TV, a major national broadcast network in Japan. Pride eventually went under".

On April 5th Tokyo time, Mr. Tanikawa issued a press release regarding the establishment of a new K-1 by K-1 Global Holdings as well as his resignation from K-1 FEG.  I will summarize what he said and point out some grave errors of fact he has made. To recap the facts:

1. Golden Glory has filed a petition in Japan to have FEG declared bankrupt

2. The petition was filed by us on March 14, 2012 in the Tokyo District Court

3. FEG is no longer financially sound, and is unable to pay its creditors, including KOI (Knockout Investments, N.V.), which is owed in excess of $1 Million. Including other parties who are also owed money by FEG the amount may exceed $30 million.

4. Despite repeated promises to pay, Mr. Tanikawa of FEG stated in writing on Feb. 9, 2012 that it has released its employees and has no funds to pay KOI.

5. Golden Glory and its fighters have suffered damages resulting from FEG’s failure to pay

6. Golden Glory has filed this petition to seek the Court’s protection to find and secure any assets of FEG which should be used to repay its creditors

7. A company called EMCOM Holdings issued an announcement dated Jan.31, 2012 that it had acquired a Hong Kong registered company called K-1 Global Holdings and had funded this company to take over the loans made by a Japanese company called Barbizon connected to Kazuyoshi Ishii. Barbizon had security for its loans to FEG, this security was over the trademarks of K-1 (owned by Ishii) and the historical K-1 fight footage (owned by FEG): http://www.hd.emcom.jp/en/pdf/20120131_002.pdf

8. As a creditor of FEG, Golden Glory is concerned that some transactions will drain FEG of its remaining assets and goodwill and leave the creditors with nothing. We hope that this bankruptcy proceeding will also lead to an opportunity to shed light on the parties and what is really going on with the K-1 brand. We just want to get our athletes paid what they are owed by K-1.

We suspect the original intention for K-1/FEG was to not pay us, so all the fighters would quit and not be under the management of Golden Glory or It's showtime anymore.

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Glory: Robin van Roosmalen Breached Contract By Signing With It's Showtime

Well shortly after it got out that Robin van Roosmalen had signed with It's Showtime and would be fighting in the K-1 Final 16, Glory fired back with a press release. In the press release, it states that Robin had a contract with Knock Out Investments/Golden Glory that is still valid. According to Glory, Robin's contract says that KOI/Golden Glory have the exclusive right to represent him and that he authorized KOI/GG to sign contracts for him.

According to Glory, Robin van Roosmalen accepted the offer to fight Dzhabar Askerov on May 26 earlier this week. The offer also included a multiple fight deal and Glory just had to add that it "was overall a much better offer then the offer of It’s Showtime/K-1." Both KOI/GG supposedly accepted the offer and Robin was bound by contract.

KOI/GG tried to reach van Roosmalen but were unable to get in contact with him. They say they warned him multiple times not to sign elsewhere and now will be pursuing legal actions not only at van Roosmalen but also at It's Showtime and K-1. According to Glory, It's Showtime were aware that KOI/GG represented van Roosmalen and even pointed out to them that he was bound by contract, saying that It's Showtime/K-1 wrongfully acted in entering into an agreement with Robin van Roosmalen.

To read the full press release in English or Dutch, click here.

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