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Ten Kickboxing Fights to Watch in February

We're back with another set of awesome fights to keep an eye on this month. February is when things are really starting to kick off, as there's just a ton of good events and fights across the board. For that reason, Instead of just separating this into a Part 1 and Part 2 series, I'm going to separate it into Kickboxing and Muay Thai. So here are ten kickboxing fights to keep an eye on this month.

February 2: Andrew Tate vs. David Radeff - Enfusion Live: Belgium - Zwevegem, Belgium

Andrew Tate is one of the top 85kg fighters in the world and looks to rebound from a loss here. It's an interesting match-up, as Radeff is certainly capable at 85kg but hasn't been very active lately, due to an injury layoff. This fight will also help us learn a lot more about the 85kg division, in relation to where these two stand. Tate has huge power and a huge knockout ratio, so don't blink.

February 2: Chang Hyun Lee vs. Li Ning - KHAN vs. Wu Lin Feng - Seoul, Korea

Chang Hyun Lee had his coming out party in our 2012 Fight of the Year against Genji Umeno at the K-1 WGP Final 16 and since then has been racking up wins. He's a very dynamic fighter and one of the most promising and exciting fighters out there right now. Li Ning is solid, but this should be another showcase for Lee.

February 16: Vincent Petitjean vs. Francis Javier Jorge - K-1 Event 4 - Troyes, France

This fight takes place at 86kg. Francis is the brother of Loren Javier Jorge. What's most interesting about this fight though, is Vincent Petitjean fighting under K-1 rules. He's one of France's top full contact fighters at 86kg, having beaten Andrew Tate at the end of 2011. He has a pretty good style for K-1 rules and a good showing and result here bring up some interesting things for him if he decides to pursue kickboxing.

February 22: Steve Moxon vs. Yohan Lidon - A1 - Melbourne, Australia

This is a great fight between two marquee names, and it takes place at 73.5kg. Moxon can get all the way down to 70kg while Lidon usually fights from 72.5-75kg. Moxon, however, actually also fights all the way up to 75kg despite his height. It's an interesting style match-up. Moxon's height disadvantage and dynamic boxing style, along with Lidon's more Muay Thai-oriented style make for an intriguing fight.

February 22: Chingiz Allazov vs. Alim Nabiev - Fight Club Octopus - Moscow, Russia

This is a battle of two super prospects. Alim Nabiev really made his name last year, going undefeated. He's still only 18 years old, while Allazov is only a few years older. Certainly Allazov has fought and defeated the better competition. Both fighters are highly skilled for their age and could be major players in the future.

February 23: Thomas Adamandopoulos vs. Alexander Arutyunyan - Supremacy II Triumph - Stockholm, Sweden

This fight has all the makings of an all out war. Adamandopoulos is the #6 ranked fighter on the LiverKick lightweight rankings, so this poses a big opportunity for Arutyunyan, who is a teammate of Sanny Dahlbeck. The reason why I think this could be a war is because both fighters tend to get wild and let it all hang out in the ring at times. Expect some non stop action in this fight.

February 23: Henri van Opstal vs. Yoshihiro Sato - Shootboxing 2013 act.1 - Tokyo, Japan

This is a big fight for Henri van Opstal, as he went undefeated against Japanese opposition last year in Japan. A win over Sato would be his biggest win to date and would certainly draw interest from big organizations. Sato has been on a bad losing skid lately, dropping three in a row, including a puzzling loss to Kenta at Krush.26 a week ago. Sato will need a win here to get his career back on track.

February 23: Vladimir Mineev vs. Revanho Blokland - Fight Nights: Battle at Moscow 10 - Moscow, Russia

Vladimir Mineev takes on another Dutch fighter here, although it's not as stiff of a test as Ali Cenik was in December. Mineev showed he can hang in that fight but also showed some flaws. He's still very young and I expect this to be a dominant performance from him as he continues to advance his career.

February 23: Warren Stevelmans vs. Bovy Sor Udomson - Shootboxing 2013 act.1 - Tokyo, Japan

Warren Stevelmans comes off a big win over Dzhabar Askerov on very short notice and looks to get another win under his belt before once again fighting at GLORY, on March 23. He should beat Bovy but this one could be a slugfest. Bovy won't lay down for Stevelmans and will definitely exchange.

February 23: Enriko Kehl vs. Ramal Aslanov - Fight Vision 3 - Baku, Azerbaijan

Enriko Kehl is still very young but is a fighter on the rise from 70-72.5kg. He's coming off his controversial loss to Dzhabar Askerov in December, which at the very least showed he can hang at 70kg.


Abraham Roqueñi vs. Giga Chikadze on Sunday in Spain

Abraham Roqueñi has been a name fighter at 70kg ever since his win over Andy Souwer two years ago, and this weekend he's back in action for his first fight of 2013.

Roqueñi will fight Giga Chikadze on this Sunday, February 3 at Street Culture Fight Night 2 in Tenerife, Spain. The fight will be at 70kg under K-1 rules, with three rounds of three minutes. This will be Roqueñi's first fight back since his win over Xu Yan at the K-1 MAX Final in December. Chikadze, a Georgian, is based out of Holland and has been on It's Showtime and SLAMM events to name a few. It's a big opportunity for him to try and make a name for himself.

Also on the card will be a Muay Thai fight between Carlos La Loba and Emad Kadyear. La Loba defeated one of the top Spanish up and comers, Maximo Suarez, in October and continues to string together wins, making him one to watch out for.

Speaking of Maximo Suarez, he'll also be on the card, taking on Flavio Santos.


Two Fights Set For Sanny Dahlbeck

Sanny Dahlbeck introduced himself to the world last year with his run in GLORY's 70kg tournament, which saw him make it to the semi-finals. Since then he's stayed busy, winning the Swedish Muay Thai Championships. Now he has two upcoming fights set for the next two months.

First, on February 23, Dahlbeck will return back to the pro game at rising Swedish promotion Supremacy League's next event, Supremacy II - Triumph. His opponent will be Marcin Parcheta from Poland, and the fight will be under K-1 rules with three rounds of three minutes.

Then on March 24, Dahlbeck will fight for another upstart Swedish promotion, Heroes Fighting Championship. There he'll take on Mauro Serra under full Muay Thai rules at 70kg.


Enfusion Live's First Show of 2013 on Saturday

Enfusion Live has big plans this year, with a bunch of events already scheduled. The first of those events will come on this Saturday, February 2 from Zwevegem, Belgium.

The most prominent name on the card is Andrew Tate, a top fighter at 85kg. His fight will take place at 85kg and will be against fellow Enfusion: Trial of the Gladiators contestant David Radeff of France. This will be Tate's first fight since getting stopped by Franci Grajs on December 2 in the final of the Enfusion tournament in Slovenia, so it should be interesting to see how he rebounds.

Also on the card is a four man heavyweight tournament. The winner will qualify for Enfusion's upcoming reality show in Las Vegas. Mohammed Achachbaun will fight Thomas Vanneste in one semi final and in the other, Gaetan Sautron will fight Kirk Krouba.

Enfusion Live will also crown a Women's 61kg champion a the event, with Ilona Wijmans stepping in for Aleide Lawant, to face Anke van Gestel. At 70kg, It's Showtime veteran Sonny Dagraed was supposed to take on Kevin Hesseling, but Dagraed got injured and is replaced by Cenk Cankurtaranoglu, who actually stopped Dagraed last year.


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