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Shota Takiya vs Reece Crooke Added to Krush.18

Krush has announced an opponent for 55kg champ Shota Takiya at Krush.18 on May 3rd and it is the UK’s Reece Crooke. According to the Krush release, Crooke is 23-6-2 (9 KO) and has been active for over 10 years. He most recently won the ISKA UK 55kg title against Miguel Arjona earlier this month and last November defeated Kieran McAskill, a past Krush participant, to claim the WBC Muay Thai UK Bantamweight title. He has a draw against Liam Harrison from 2001 and a loss to the last man Takiya fought, Nobuchika Terado back in 2005. His brother is Peter Crooke who has fought the likes of Yoshihiro Sato, Albert Kraus, Takayuki Kohiruimaki, Malaipet and Akeomi Nitta, among others. Takiya (20-4-0, 12 KO) has been on fire the last two years and is currently riding an 8-fight winstreak that saw him claim the Krush title and avenge 2 of his losses to Ryuya Kusakabe and most recently to Nobuchika Terato in a defense of his Krush title.

This is the third time that Krush has brought in a competitor from the UK and each time has been at 55kg, with Nobuchika Terado dominating Kieran McAskill for the ISKA 55kg World title and Shota Takiya knocking out Damien Trainor. Takiya should be favored here as he has looked near unbeatable lately and doesn’t have to travel a few thousand miles for this fight. Takiya stated that if he wins this fight, he expects to get an ISKA World title fight by the end of the year.

Already on the card is 63kg champ Ryuji Kajiwara against K-1 Koshien champ Hiroya, 60kg champ Hirotaka Urabe against a yet to be named opponent and two of the three 3rd round fights in the 63kg WILDRUSH League. {jcomments on}


Fight Code in Minsk April 14, Dragons Tournament Continues

After a very successful first show of the year that took place last Saturday in Milan, Fight Code is coming right back with a show in Minsk, Belarus on April 14 at the Minsk Sports Palace. 

The show will continue with the Dragons tournament at 72.5kg. At the last Fight Code event, Mustapha Haida and Enriko Gogokhia both advanced to the Final 16 of the Fight Code Dragons tournament. For this event, there will be four Final 32 fights in the Dragons tournament, with the winner advancing to the Final 16. Fight Code 2011 Dragons winner Yury Bessmertny will be participating in one of those four bouts, against Edvin Erik Kibus of Estonia. The other three Dragons fights see Vitali Nikiforov take on Evgeni Telitsa, Maxim Smirnov against Dmitry Baranov and Farhat Ahmedjanov against Tadas Jonkus.

There will also be two non tournament fights featuring two big names. Rising talent Chingiz Allazov, who trains with Yury Bessmertny, has been destroying everyone in his path lately and will be facing Russian fighter Dmitry Rudenko at a weight of 69kg. Allazov normally fights 67kg but it seems he's starting to move up in weight a bit, as he fought Bovy last Saturday.

At 81kg, Dmitry Shakuta has been one of the top fighters around this weight class for a long time. He'll take on Igor Ljapin of Ukraine. Full fight card below.

Dragons Final 32 Eastern Selection (72.5kg):

Vitali Nikiforov vs. Evgeni Telitsa

Maxim Smirnov vs. Dmitry Baranov

Farhat Ahmedjanov vs. Tadas Jonkus

Yury Bessmertny vs. Edvin Erik Kibus

Non Tournament Fights:

69kg: Chingiz Allazov vs. Dmitry Rudenko

81kg: Dmitry Shakuta vs. Igor Ljapin


Teaser Trailer for GLORY Documentary

The event has come and gone now, but that doesn't mean that Glory is done promoting it. It feels like they've just started to. By the looks of it, Glory will be releasing a documentary with footage from the event as well as the lead-up and there is a teaser trailer out now to give everyone a sneak peak at it.


It's Showtime Champ Chris Ngimbi Loses In France

You might've not known, but on Saturday, Chris Ngimbi returned to the ring after losing to Harut Grigorian at It's Showtime in January. Ngimbi was coming off two losses in a row so he definitely wanted to rebound with a win. His opponent was Gregory Choplin, the Frenchman who had also competed in It's Showtime in the past.

On paper it seemed like a winnable fight for Ngimbi. In the end, he lost a decision to Choplin but it wasn't without some controversy. The fight was under K-1 rules but according to Ngimbi, Choplin was constantly clinching and holding which isn't permitted when excessive under K-1 rules. The It's Showtime 70kg champ has this to say about the fight:

"Yesterday the French juries chose to let me lose by point. It's a disgrace since we agreed on fighting on K1 rules and my opponent only clinched during the whole fight. I was extremelly motivated and It's should have been a better fight if he also wanted to fight instead of only hanging on me. But up to the next fight .....thanks all for your support!!!"

Ngimbi even posted a picture of Choplin holding on to him, which can be seen below. Choplin has been known to do this in the past. I can remember he would do this a lot in his It's Showtime fights. He's just more of a Muay Thai fighter than a K-1 rules fighter.

It's Showtime fighter Yavuz Kayabasi also picked up a win on the card with a stoppage over Samir Djabba. Djabba will be fighting Andy Ristie on It's Showtime's June 30 card. 



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