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RENA, Kamimura, Ham Set for 2012 Girls S-Cup on August 25th

Shootboxing has finally started to release some information about this year's Girls S-Cup and it is rather enticing.

At a press conference earlier today, it was announced that the 2012 Girls S-Cup would be contested at 51kg and would feature 2-time Girls S-Cup champion and RISE 48kg Queen RENA, 2011 Girls S-Cup Japan Qualifying tournament champion Erika Kamimura and 2011 Girls S-Cup Japan Qualifying tournament runner-up Seo Hee Ham. Shootboxing president Cesar Takeshi also said he would like to bring in talent from Australia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the US and Thailand to round out the field, as he has done in the previous Girls S-Cups. Possible choices are Zaza Sor. Aree from Thailand, though she hasn't been very successful in Shootboxing previously. From the US, Jessica Penne has a good shot as she holds a win over RENA from last year, as well as 2010 semi-finalist Kate Martinez who beat the aforementioned Zaza Sor. Aree in the opening round of the 2010 S-Cup. The three announced fighters already make a good field and provide the chance for a third fight between Kamimura and Ham and a second fight between RENA and Kamimura, though if it does not happen in this tournament, it is already set for RISE, as Kamimura's most recent victory over Ham gave her the right to challenge RENA again. A notable name excluded from this year's tournament is 2009 finalist and 2010 semi-finalist VV.Mei (Yamaguchi), though she will compete on the card in a single fight.

This card will also feature the finals of the 53.5kg Girls S-Cup, a rematch between Shootboxing Flyweight champion Ai Takahashi and 17 year old Mizuki Inoue. The two first met in February with Inoue stunning everyone by taking an extension round decision over the Shootboxing champ. Both fighters were given favorable semifinals, with Inoue stopping MINA back in April and Takahashi taking a decision over Rio Kamikaze in June. I give a slight edge to Takahashi in the rematch as she has more experience and Inoue is also an MMA fighter, so her game might not be as focused on Shootboxing as Takahashi's.

This card will also feature the semifinals and finals of the JKS48 tournament, which is somewhat like the K-1 Koshien tournament as it is a tournament designed for high school students. The four semifinalists are RENA's younger sister MIO, Kanako Otsuka, Akari eneos, and Yusa.

Finally, set for single fights are VV.Mei, Rio Kamikaze, MINA, Emi Fujino and Miyo Yoshida. 


Latest Twist in Badr's Case: He's Suing the Police

BadrA part of me is beginning to feel like Badr Hari's personal life is like a bad episode of "As the World Turns" sometimes. Every day there are more and more complications for Badr, more news coming out about his alleged assaults or affairs and to say that his personal life is personal would be a stretch. The latest in the case of the beaten Dutch millionaire at the giant dance party is that Badr is turning the tables on the legal system.

Badr's lawyer has apparently lodged a complaint with the courts that he feels there is an open line of communication between the team handling Badr's case within the police department and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (The Guardian). He claims that the news outlet has too much inside information, that it clearly must be coming from the police and that it is illegal.


Thom Harinck: "Raul Catinas can be as good as Peter Aerts."

SuperKombat held another great event on Saturday and one of the highlights of the show was Raul Catinas winning again, stopping Domogoj Ostojic in the first round. Catinas has looked great and much improved since his return to kickboxing, and a lot of credit should be given to Thom Harinck of the Chakuriki Gym for the career rejuvenation of Catinas.

Our friends at spoke with the legendary trainer about Raul Catinas, and Harinck had some very positive things to say. He had this to say about Catinas' future:

"If it continues like this, Raul will become a true monster in the ring. But we will have to take care of him a lot because many people in this time of glory will come close. Some will entice him with money and may deviate him from the path of performance. We will form a circle around it. I think his career will end up being like Peter Aerts. We can say now that Raul Catinas is becoming one of the greatest fighters in history."

Harinck first saw Catinas when he fought Mighty Mo back in 2010 at the K-1 Final 16 in Seoul and was still impressed with him despite losing. He explained how he turned Catinas around as a fighter: 

"He is young, and like all young people, often trying to KO his opponent. I explained that a KO comes when you don't have to force it. Raul has a "fighter heart," not afraid of anything. It should still work. For example, when he came to me, he hardly used kicks and had no anticipation that I tried to teach all my students, to hit a little longer but if you already had learned and developed a sense of anticipation. A fighter is like bread, nothing if all the necessary ingredients aren't used properly."

Check out the rest of the interview here.



Badr Hari Still a Suspect in Assault, Victim's Name Released

Badr HariBadr Hari cannot escape his violent past, even while partying it up in the Amsterdam ArenA with his celebrity girlfriend, Estelle Cruyff, in a VIP box. As we reported earlier, at a Dutch dance festival in Amsterdam, Badr Hari was present and in his VIP box a 38 year-old man was brutally assaulted, with his leg and face badly damaged.

It looks like the victim is multimillionaire Koen Everink, and that the damages to his person might be so severe that he might never be able to walk properly again. The police have not ruled out Badr's involvement in the assault yet, although he and his lawyer claim he is innocent. From the reports that we are hearing he will give a statement to the police either today or tomorrow and hopefully this can be cleared up.

Even if innocent, this is far from the first run-in Badr has had with the law over violent assaults, the most recent in 2010 that hindered Hari from participating in the K-1 World Grand Prix, which was won by current UFC Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem.

Thanks to our good friend Simon Raedts for the report.


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