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Koya Urabe vs Keijiro Miyakoshi Added to NJKF Kick to the Future 2 on April 29th

New Japan Kickboxing Federation has added a huge name to its Kick to the Future 2 card on April 29th at Korakuen Hall, pitting 63kg superstar Koya Urabe against rising prospect Keijiro Miyakoshi. Urabe (17-3-0, 2 KO) picked up a close win last weekend against Kizaemon Saiga in his first fight back since being brutally KO’d by Masaaki Noiri in December. Miyakoshi (10-3-1, 4 KO) most recently fought to a draw with MA Kick Super Featherweight champ Hikaru Machida, but before that was on a 3-fight win-streak which saw him take out Hayato Hatekayama, Kazuki and Akihiro Kuroda, winning the NJKF Lightweight title against Kazuki. I had expected Miyakoshi’s first foray against the division’s elite to be a WBC Japan title match against Rashata, but this fight against Urabe is a pleasant surprise. Although Miyakoshi has promise, Urabe should be the big favorite here as he’s proven himself against the upper echelon of the division while Miyakoshi is untested. Although this fight is taking place under the NJKF banner, there will be no elbows, however there was no mention of clinching so I assume the clinch and clinch knees will still be allowed.

Another inter-promotional fight that was announced for this card is recently crowned NJKF Super Bantamweight champ Rookie taking on MA Kick Super Bantamweight champ Keisuke Miyamoto. Rookie (10-3-0, 4 KO) trains at ESG with former Krush champ Kenta and most recently won the vacant NJKF Super Bantamweight title against Hiroshi Senchaigym and before that was knocked out by Ryuya Kusakabe in a fight for the vacant WBC Japan Super Bantamweight title. Miyamoto (12-1-0, 5 KO) started competing in Kyokushin karate as a teenager and in 2009, made it to the quarterfinals of the K-1 Koshien Tournament where he lost to Masaaki Noiri. He started his pro career a perfect 9-0, winning the MA Kick Bantamweight Rookie Tournament in 2010, but suffered his first career loss last September to Takayuki Umehara. Since, he is on a 3-fight winning streak which saw him claim the vacant MA Kick Super Bantamweight title in a 4-man multi-night tournament, and most recently he KO’d MA Kick Featherweight champion Minoru Junibayashi at Featherweight.

Already announced for this card is a fight for the vacant WBC Japan Featherweight title between WPMF Japan champ Yosuke Morii and NJKF champ Heihachi Nakajima. Morii is riding a 2-fight losing streak with a loss to Genji Umeno and a loss in Thailand. Nakajima is coming off of a win over Chao “Shimura” Logate in HEAT. Also, there will be a NJKF Bonita Boxeo Featherweight title match between defending champ AZUMA and Team Dragon’s Satoko Sasaki.{jcomments on}

Source: boutreview

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Schilt, Saki, Zimmerman, Kharitonov Slated For Glory's Next Event

Aside from the 70kg tournament announcement made today at the Glory World Series show, they also had some other big news about the next event.

Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Errol Zimmerman and Sergei Kharitonov will all fight at the next Glory World Series event. No opponents have been anounced yet, but it's nice to see these guys all stay active. The next show is at the end of May so it won't be too long before Schilt, Zimmerman and Kharitonov are back in the ring.

There was a lot of speculation as to what Gokhan Saki would do with his career but as I've said for a while, it appears he's going to keep doing kickboxing. He signed a contract with the new Glory World Series a few months ago. He last fought on January 28 where he was stopped by Badr Hari in the first round at It's Showtime in Leeuwarden.

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Glory Announces Lineup For 70kg Tournament Starting In May

During today's Glory World Series event, Bas Ruuten, Cor Hemmers and Ramon Dekkers took some time out to make a trip to center ring for an announcement. They announced the lineup and format for the 70kg tournament, which will begin in May.

There will be 16 fighters fighting to qualify for the "Final 8." This is just like the K-1 format except under the "Glory World Series" banner. Names announced to participate in the tournament were:

Giorgio Petrosyan

Dhzabar Askerov

Yoshihiro Sato

Robin Van Roosmalen

Fabio Pinca

Ky Hollenbeck

Nonsai

Alex Vogul

Denis Schneidmiller

Chaz Mulkey

Maxim Vyrovsky

Mohammed El Mir

It's a bit of an odd lineup, considering that four of these fighters, Fabio Pinca, Alex Vogel, Dennis Schneidmiller and Mohmamed El Mir don't even fight fight at 65-67kg and don't even fight at 70kg. Another thing is that most of these fighters aren't considered to be the elite at 70kg. Giorgio Petrosyan, Robin van Roosmalen and Yoshihiro Sato are the three top fighters in the tournament. There's still four more slots to go, it looks like, so we'll see who else they get. I think I might've seen Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong but I couldn't tell as the audio was very bad and the camera didn't pan to the fighters' pictures. Interestingly enough, they've also gotten two Americans in Ky Hollenbeck and Chaz Mulkey.

The prize money for the tournament will be $300 000 USD. Glory will also be holding an 85kg tournament with $300 000 USD on the line and a heavyweight tournament with $400 000 USD on the line some time this year.

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How To Watch Glory World Series Live Tomorrow, March 23

Whenever there's a big kickboxing event, everyone wants to find out how to watch live. Tomorrow's Glory World Series show is no exception, as it boasts a strong card featuring the return of four time K-1 World Grand Prix winner, Semmy Schilt. There are multiple ways that you can watch this event live and we've got you covered on how you can tune in.

It must be noted that the event is at 11:00 AM EST/8:00 AM PST in North America. In Europe it starts at 3:00 PM CET. Locally in Moscow, it starts at 6:00 PM. I'm even gonna give the time for those of you down under in Australia, it starts at 2:00 AM Sydney time.

Where to watch:

Russia and former Soviet countries: Rossiya 2 will be showing the full broadcast live.

Worldwide: There are a few options here. The full event will be streaming live on gloryworldseries.com where it can be purchased for $15 USD through credit card or Paypal. You can also choose to subscribe for $10 USD a month and be able to watch the show. Alternatively, the full event will be streaming live on gfl.tv for the same price of $15 USD.

Canada: The Fight Network will be showing the event live.

Full fight card here.

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