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Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

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In episode 54 of the Warman Kickfighting Show I once again join Steven Wright to discuss the happenings of the Kickboxing and Muay Thai worlds. As Steven was in attendance at the UFC event over the weekend cornering Shane Roller of Team Takedown, which meant travel, this show which was supposed to be up sooner took a little bit longer, but it was worth it. We work out any technical issues we had the first time around and take a look at the recent K-1 MAX, It's Showtime and Thai Fight events, as well as SuperKombat and Mike Zambidis having a successful comeback fight after the loss to JWP.

It was a lot to cover and we did so in the course of an hour, with a look at how stars are made within the tournament format and how there are a lot of bright spots coming up in the kickboxing world, especially at 70kg. (Direct Download)

There is a whole lot to cover and we do our best, which leads us into the next episode! The next episode we take a long, hard look at the loss of Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and possibly Tyrone Spong from the kickboxing world and just what that means. We also look at how Hari and Saki would potentially make a Boxing career work and what impact they could really have. There has been a lot of negative stuff going around focusing on lack of depth of talent and a lot of that simply is not true, as we go into depth on these issues and more. (Direct Download)

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TKO ProductionsThe world of Muay Thai in the United States is a bit of an odd one at times, as there is some fragmentation. For a while now there have been regions where Muay Thai is incredibly hot and there are local promoters doing great things. Los Angeles and the Bay Area have been there, as is Las Vegas and especially in the past few years, New York. New York has best been known for Friday Night Fights, the long-running Muay Thai promotion run by the Church Street Boxing gym.

We've seen a new promotion rise up recently and begin to do big, awesome things, and that is TaKe On Productions. TKO Productions has been running since 2009 and has been picking up steam ever since. TaKe On has a big Muay Thai show coming up on October 22nd at Bally's Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City. TKO Productions has had eleven big sell out shows in a row before striking out to Atlantic City, working now with MSG Sports (Madison Square Garden). This event will also be streamed live on GFL.tv, and unlike a lot of other promotions who have gone that route, the card will be $9.95, as opposed to upwards of $25, which is a smart price point for an event like this. I'm looking forward to TaKe On Productions doing bigger and better things in the future.

Full press release with details on the event after the break.

Don't forget to check out their website for details on the card and more news.

 

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Though Krush has yet to put together any title fights after the conclusion of their four tournaments, they have kept their champions busy. Earlier today, Krush announced that their next event, Krush.13, will take place on November 12th and will feature two of their champions in super fights against European fighters.

First, 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe will fight in his third super fight since winning the 60kg tournament, this time against Mike's Gym's Maik Redan. Redan is just 17 years old and trains with the likes of Artur Kyshenko, Badr Hari and Melvin Manhoef. Urabe has won back to back super fights in Krush against Chinese fighters and is currently on a 5-fight win streak.

Krush also announced that their 55kg champion, Shota Takiya, will take on UK Muay Thai fighter Damien Trainor. Trainor has won various UK and European Muay Thai titles throughout his career. Takiya is currently on a 6-fight win streak and since his tournament win, took a win over KO-ICHI by first round stoppage.

Krush also announced that they wanted to do a 3rd Japan vs Europe fight for the event, but haven't confirmed a fighter for either slot.

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As you may or may not know by now, Gokhan Saki has stated that after his January 28 fight with Badr Hari, he'll head to boxing. While Saki didn't confirm if he would be done kickboxing for good, the thought of Gokhan Saki giving boxing a go is an interesting avenue. He revealed the news in an interview with fighthype.com and subsequently fired shots at some of boxing's best in the heavyweight division. Among many of the things he had to say, here is one quote that I examine in a different light:

"Heavyweight boxing nowadays is very pitiful. The Klitschko brothers are very smart guys and very professional athletes. Nevertheless, both of them I will fight and they won't make the 12th round."

Now, upon reading this quote, it's apparent that Saki wants to go straight forward into the heavyweight division. He's fought his entire career in kickboxing as an undersized heavyweight because the pinnacle of the sport, K-1, only has the open weight heavyweight division. Other divisions like -95kg and -85kg just don't have the money behind them like the K-1 World Grand Prix does (or technically did) at one point. In boxing, Saki would have an opportunity to fight in the cruiserweight division, in which the weight limit is 200 lbs, yet he seems to want to fight at heavyweight. It's not a surprising choice, as heavyweight just has that significant air about it and cruiserweight is one of the least popular weight divisions.

At cruiserweight though, Saki would actually not be at a size disadvantage for once. This would probably benefit him in the power department as well. Though he would have a speed advantage over heavyweights, the size difference is just a literally huge thing to overcome. Also like the heavyweight division, cruiserweight is quite shallow.

Cruiserweight is not the dead division that some like to point out also. While it is one of the least popular divisions, Germany has taken the cruiserweights as their own. A few notable cruiserweights are based out of Germany: Marco Huck, Enad Licina and Yoan Pablo Hernandez. Marco Huck always draws great crowds with good television ratings while Yoan Pablo Hernandez fought just this past weekend against Steve Cunningham, another top cruiserweight and there was a great crowd on hand. Mind you that the fight was on a card with other stars of German boxing, something that can be capitalized on for the division. Most of the top cruiserweight fights take place in Germany and with a large Turkish population, its not out of the question that Saki could develop a following in Deutschland. He could even possibly fight in Turkey, where

Now this is all just hypothetical talk. As far as Saki's chances of making it big in boxing, the odds are stacked against him, much like they are with Badr Hari. Going from kickboxing to boxing is completely changing in ring factors such as footwork and distance with the absence of kicks and knees. These aren't just things that will be adjusted quickly either. There's so many variables between the two sports; more than you would think. One can't just stop throwing kicks and knees and expect to be able to just fight with hands. Modern kickboxing, the Dutch style especially, emphasizes less movement which is really an essential factor of boxing. It's normal in Dutch kickboxing for fighters to stand in front of one another and just take turns trading shots. Stuff like that just doesn't work a technical boxer.

It's going to be a long road for guys like Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki to be at the top of boxing; a road that seems improbable. We'll never know until it happens though. Who would've expected that Matt Skelton, not even a top guy in K-1 would go on to have quite a respectable boxing career, winning the British and European heavyweight titles at one point, even challenging for a world title once at such an old age for a fighter? Nothing is impossible and we at Liverkick.com wish Gokhan Saki the best in his move to boxing.

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SakiThere have been a lot of rumors about Gokhan Saki lately, with the biggest one that he was looking to move into another sport. At first it was MMA, as Saki had talked about moving into the MMA world and singled out Melvin Manhoef as a possible opponent, jesting that he'd armbar Manhoef, whose kryptonite has been the armbar throughout his MMA career. That talk quickly died down, though, and then the Boxing talk started. A recent interview with FightHype confirms that Saki is planning his big move to Heavyweight Boxing after his fight with Badr Hari in January. It isn't clear if he is leaving Kickboxing altogether or if he'll still take Kickboxing fights, but he does seem very serious about Boxing.

“It’s been difficult and uncertain how kickboxing will develop in the near future, as well as in a long run. Besides, I feel there isn’t a lot of competition for me anymore. I want to develop my skills and possibilities into new heights…Heavyweight boxing nowadays is very pitiful. The Klitschko brothers are very smart guys and very professional athletes. Nevertheless, both of them I will fight and they won’t make the 12th round. For me, it is unbelievable how both David Haye and Tomasz Adamek fought their fights. If one of these brothers would dare to fight me, I’ll get in the ring in no time. Boxing is really sad nowadays. One of the Klitschko brothers has fought in kickboxing. Watch him on YouTube. You will laugh your butt of. And think how long they would last against me? And in the boxing game, it will be the same thing…boxing requires adjustments in style, intensity, and the way you move. Adapting to this won’t be a problem, but needs time and with help from the best in the boxing industry, I’ll be able to accomplish this…I will destroy everybody. From a boxing perspective, I reflect on the Mike Tyson fights and how to make it a war with the tall guys. No kicks, no knees, no problem; who dares to fight me,” stated K-1 stand-out Gökhan Saki, who made it clear that he too is eager to make the transition from kickboxing to boxing after his rematch with Badr Hari in January. [source]
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