|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
Japan's kickboxing world is finally starting to kick back into gear it seems with It's Showtime Japan being announced and K-1 running their first show of the year next month. Of course, that show is at 63kg and the fighters who are loyal to K-1 are looking for work elsewhere. Jienotsu is not only one of the most interesting fighters in K-1's roster, but he tries to keep himself busy. In May he made his professional wrestling debut against former SHOOTO prospect turned pro wrestler Kohei Sato for Zero-One MAX. It is actually a very, very entertaining bout.
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It's Showtime has shown absolutely no sign of slowing down in the coming months, after running a blistering number of shows already in the first half of the year. In just a few weeks It's Showtime will run two more shows, June 11th from Warsaw and June 18th from Madrid. So to go along with that pair of shows, we have a pair of awesome hype videos from the team at It's Showtime.
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It's common for Thai boxers at the heavier weights above 60-65 kg to take fights in Europe. The pay, once converted to Thai baht, is substantial, and three rounds can be a nice change from five.
Ekapop fights at 72.5 kg, which is huge in Thailand. Most of the small handful of Thai nationals who have competed internationally at this weight are well known. Among them, Lamskongkram Chuwattana, Kaoklai Kaennorsing, Yodsenklai Fairtex, Pajunsuk Lukprabat, and Changpuek Kiatsongrit.
This fight was a semi-final bout in a four man tournament in Bagnolet, France. Where that is, I'm not sure. Google Maps tells me it's somewhere in France.
The fight is quite nice to watch, with the fighters having entertaining and well-matched styles. Ekapap wears black gloves, Frederich red.
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You'll remember last week It's Showtime sent out an announcement that they would be possibly taking legal action against K-1 for a total of $400,000+ that is owed to It's Showtime fighters. This all came after It's Showtime announced It's Showtime Japan would begin gearing up over the summer and K-1 is finally running their first show. Tanikawa made it clear he was unhappy and wished to block any fighters from fighting for It's Showtime if they wanted to fight for K-1 again.
Well, Rutz has released a new statement this morning.
Following the press release from Mr. Tanikawa, I would like to make the following statement:
It is true that I had a telephone conversation with Mr. Tanikawa in which he has taken some of my worries away, by apologizing to me several times and saying that for him it’s no problem that IT’S SHOWTIME will organize events in Japan.
Mr. Tanikawa asked us if we want to delay our juridical actions with another week because he will make us some positive offers within a week. Given our long term relationship with K-1, we will not make a problem out of this week. If we haven’t heard anything positive after a week, we will continue our already embarked actions.
I would like to emphasize that I would sincerely regret it if Mr. Tanikawa can’t find a way to help K-1 to recover. K-1 has done a lot of good work for a lot of years for the fans, the fighters and the image of the sport.
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This week our question revolved around this weekend's Glory World Series event. We asked you what bout you were looking forward to the most, and the results fell right in line with what we predicted. So let's go to the results.
Which Glory World Series Fight Are You Looking Forward to?
32.4% - Gokhan Saki vs. Brice Guidon
24.5% - Nieky Holzken vs. Artur Kyshenko
20.6% - Sergei Kharitonov vs. Mighty Mo
11.8% - Mark Miller vs. Nikolaj Falin
5.9% - Errol Zimmerman vs. Mourad Bouzidi
4.9% - Other
This week's poll is; Favorite Knockout From the Glory World Series?
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