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Fighterzone Kickboxing World Series: Disaster, Majority of Fights Cancelled

Fighterzone Kickboxing World Series MAX was supposed to happen today in Singapore. It kind of did, but that doesn't tell the whole story.

Naruepol Fairtex, Antuan Siangboxing, Leo Siangboxing and Mathias Siangboxing all did not fight. According to Siangboxing, they were contracted to be paid at the weigh-ins and the promoter refused. They said the promoter also refused to pay on the day of the fight and thus, the fighters stayed at their hotel and did not go to the event.

This left Andy Souwer without an opponent, as he was supposed to fight Naruepol Fairtex. Souwer ended up fighting in an exhibition bout or "demo" bout and won. According to Andre Manaart, Souwer's trainer, they had doubted whether they were going to the event to fight, as it was very unclear what was happening and very disorganized.

There's even more disorganization, as apparently Dongsu Kim was waiting a very long time to get tickets from the promoter to fly to Singapore and only ended up going the day before the fight.

One fight did happen though. Albert Kraus vs. Ekapop Sor Klinmee took place and Kraus won by first round KO. Apparently it was a pretty vicious knockout, and it is suspected that Ekapop has a broken jaw.

All in all, a very shady, disorganized event. All accounts say there was a very poor turnout, with only about 100 to 200 people at the venue.

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Watch This Highlight Reel of Canadian Josh Jauncey

We like to bring you the biggest news and media from around the world of Kickboxing and Muay Thai, so sometimes you gotta go north of the border into Canada, which we will tonight. Canadian Josh Jauncey is one of the young prospects coming out of Canada of many, and shows that there is a whole lot of good coming out of Canada. So go ahead and relax and watch this highlight clip of Josh Jauncey.

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SuperKombat Returns On Saturday In Montenegro

This Saturday, February 25 marks the return of SuperKombat for their first event of 2012. 2011 was a very successful year for SuperKombat and at the end they hinted at future expansion of the promotion with the World Grand Prix Finals being in Germany.

SuperKombat has chosen Podgorica, Montenegro as the destination for their first event of 2012. This is the first numbered SuperKombat World Grand Prix event to be held outside of Romania and they seem to be set up for success in the capital. While Romania will always be the home base, the expansion has begun and with a rumored event in Austria in April, it looks to just be getting started. To kick things off in Montenegro, they've smartly chosen hometown Montenegran fighter Goran Radonjic to headline the card against Frank Munoz in a heavyweight bout. The president of Montenegro will also be in attendance at the 7000 capacity Moraca Arena. Click "Read More" to find out more about Saturday's card.

As per usual, there will be a one night, four man heavyweight tournament with the winner qualifying for SuperKombat's year end World Grand Prix one night tournament consisting of the four tournament winners along with the four tournament winners from last year - Sergei Lascenko, Ismael Londt, Pavel Zhuravlev and Erhan Deniz. Saturday's tournament consists of SuperKombat's biggest star, Catalin Morosanu against Utley Meriana on one side of the bracket and Anderson "Braddock" Silva vs. Nikolaj Falin on the other side. In the reserve bout, Dzevad Poturak takes on Brian Douwes.

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Former K-1 Fighter Raul Catinas Returns To The Ring At SuperKombat

It's been a year and three months since Raul Catinas last stepped in the ring. The stocky 5'11" Romanian fighter, along with Daniel Ghita, is one of two Romanian fighters to ever make the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16. He lost to Mighty Mo in a slugfest at the Final 16 in 2010 and most were expecting to see him in K-1 again, where he'd also fought in official regional qualifiers.

Catinas fought once more in 2010, beating Imani Lee at Local Kombat (Now SuperKombat) in November of that year. He hasn't fought since then though, claiming injuries have held him back from returning to the sport.

Catinas will face French-based Turkish fighter, Yuksel Ayadin, at SuperKombat's first event of the year on this Saturday, February 25 in Podgorica, Montenegro. For this fight, he's done his training at the famed Mike's Gym with trainer Mike Passenier, Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef, and the list goes on. He says he feels stronger than ever, having trained at Mike's Gym for six weeks. He referred to Mike's Gym as "barbarian training" and compared it to the movie Spartacus, saying that it's the gladiators' room.

Catinas is only 23 years old and if he keeps training at Mike's Gym, there's some potential for him. Over a year off may seem like a long time but he's got age on his side. In the heavyweight division, fighters often have longer careers. Ayadin is a tough test, especially after such a long layoff and both are pretty exciting fighters so it should be pretty fun. I think we can expect to see more of Catinas under the SuperKombat banner this year. [source]

 

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