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Evaluating Gokhan Saki's Move Into Boxing

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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2011 Rumble of The Kings Featuring Ray Sefo vs. Jorgen Kruth... In MMA Rules

Rumble of The KingsRumble of The Kings is a yearly event held in Sweden that serves as an all-encompassing combat sports event. In the past it has served as a K-1 qualifier, but this time around it will serve as a vehicle to promote a mixed (in every sense of the word) card, featuring MMA, Kickboxing and Boxing bouts, although so far only Kickboxing and MMA fights have been announced. As a part of this annual gala, Swedish fighter Jorgen Kruth is usually involved in a fight, and this year will be no different. As we've seen in 2009, Kruth will apparently square off in a MMA match. In 2010 Kruth took the fight to Bob Sapp with a R1 KO, and the year before that defeated Jaime Fletcher in R1 by punches in MMA rules. His opponent for his yearly-bout will be none other than Sugar Ray Sefo. Sefo is best known as a Kickboxer in his K-1 career but has been trying his hand at MMA of late as he is looking to fight in his fourth MMA bout, third since 2009 when he decided to enter MMA seriously.

If you are a fan of Kickfighting, though, never fear. In a modified Muay Thai/K-1 Rules bout (rules are not actually clear), Yodsaenklai Fairtex will square off with Artur Kyshenko. That is a huge fight featuring two big name fighters within the division, with Yod and Kyshenko universally seen as two of the best fighters in the world. The bout is billed as a Middleweight fight, with Yod fighting as high as 77kg of late and Kyshenko fighting at 70kg as well as 73kg, so expect it to be billed at -77kg. The other kickboxing bout announced is Chahid Oulad el Hadj vs. Dzabar Askerov at 70kg. Chahid is known to be a very entertaining and aggressive fighter and Dazabar has put his name on the map with some high profile bouts over the past year.

In MMA rules Bruno Carvalho is set to take on Marius Zaromskis and on top of that, a WMC Rules "Nordic" 4-man one night tournament at Welterweight. The bouts are Pasi Luukhanen vs. Sanny Dahlbeck and Rassan Muhareb vs. Martin Akhtar.

The event is set to be streamed live on RumblePlay.com.

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LiverKick.com and Phuket Top Team Announce The Challenger Muay Thai Contest @phukettopteam

PTTAs we mentioned in an earlier post, we've partnered up with Phuket's hottest gym to bring you, the LiverKick.com readers news, information and of course, free stuff! Phuket Top Team is a gym and of course a fight team based out of Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is an absolutely beautiful island paradise that happens to house a huge, state-of-the-art gym that is frequented by some of the biggest names in the MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing world. If you don't believe me, here is a photo of Roger Huerta and BJJ legend Professor Braga prepping to teach some classes at PTT.

Much-hyped Muay Thai fighter Cyrus Washington has made Phuket Top Team his home, which should tell you something, and has been representing PTT on The Challenger Muay Thai, which airs weekly and picks up where The Contender Muay Thai left off. Think of it as a reality show featuring the best up-and-comers in the Muay Thai world competing against each other weekly to crown a champion and you can start to imagine just how big of a deal this show is. You can find more information at their website.

Since Cyrus is a big part of the show, he has a ton of The Challenger Muay Thai gear, too much to hold onto and that means that it was passed over to the trainers at Phuket Top Team. Well, those guys love LiverKick.com and our readers so much that we've decided to give away a whole slew of Challenger Muay Thai gear.

If you remember back to our It's Showtime giveaway, we don't skimp when we give away stuff, when we say we are giving away some gear we are giving away a lot of top notch gear. This prize package includes t-shirts, tank tops, fight shorts, polos and hats. It is a haul.

This could be yours! Prizes

I guess you are wondering how you can win this haul? It is very simple, actually. We want you to show that you are a fan of Phuket Top Team and show them some love. All you have to do is follow them on Twitter; @PhuketTopTeam, "Like" them on their Official Facebook Page and then send us some proof! Post on LiverKick.com's Facebook page, send me a Tweet on Twitter; @LiverKickdotcom or leave a comment on this post and mention the Phuket Top Team contest and consider that an entry. If you follow PTT on Twitter and Like them on Facebook consider that two entries (don't worry, we'll actually check this). If you are already a fan and follow them on Twitter then consider yourself just as eligible to enter (if not more!).

So go ahead and start Following and Liking and don't forget to tell us you've done it, and we'll pick a winner soon!

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Petyindee Promotions Event This Friday

 

This Friday Petyindee boxing promotions will put together a big show at Lumpinee Stadium with the main event being a rematch fight when Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym takes on F16 Rajanont. The two met in July where F16 took the points win. Since then Nong-O has won four in a row with his last being a referee stoppage over top 5 contender Sitisak Siangsimaewgym. F16 on the other hand lost controversially to one of the hottest fighters in the sport, Kongsak Sitboonmee. But just a month later the two fought again and this time F16 scored multiple knockdowns to win the fight by a wide margin, and took home the Lumpinee super featherweight championship. With both fighters looking impressive since the last meeting, and the winner taking home an additional 10% of the 2 million baht (60 thousand US dollars) side bet between the two gyms this should be an action packed fight. 

Also on the card Sam-A Kaiyanghadaogym will once again take on Tingtong Chor. KoyuhaIsuzu. They've fought once this year and Sam-A beat him on points. This time the winner will take home a new Toyota pickup truck.

Eight weight division champion Petchboonchu FA Group will try to make it 3 wins in 5 months over 2002 fighter of the year Singdam Kiatmuu9. Singdam is coming off a loss to Sagetdao Petpaiyathai, and Petchboonchu coming off a loss to Saenchai Sinbimuaythai. This fight is important for Singdam to show he's still got it, and that age hasn't caught up to him.

Palangtip Nor. Sripung vs. Chartshynoi Sor. Prasobshok will have a 1 million dollar side bet between gyms. Palangtip will surely be looking for a fight with Sam-A if he were to win as he is coming into this with 2 KO's in the last 6 weeks. One of those men he KO'd was Thailand's premier brawler and fan favorite Ponsaneh Sitmonchai. Since taking a 7 month break from the sport Ponsaneh has fought just one time and that resulted in a devastating elbow knockout to the aforementioned Palangtip. He will now look to get on the winning side when he goes up against Yuttachai Kiatpatarapan at 124 pounds, a weight that suits him well. 

In other notable action Phetmorakot Wor. Sungprapai will look to continue his quick ascension up the ranks when he takes on the slick Panomrunglek Kiatmuu9. Wanchai Sor. Kitisak takes on Khunsuek P.N Gym, and Ekmongkol Kaiyanghadaogym vs. Dejsakda Wor. Sungprapai rounds out the card. 

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