Never one to shy away from what's going on in the kickboxing world, Eduard Irimia, promoter of SuperKombat, often finds himself on the outside looking in when it comes to all the organizational pacts and "battles" that take place in the world of kickboxing. Irimia has his own successful brand and is just fine without getting involved between the super powers of the sport.
Irimia spoke with luptatorii.ro about the recent situation in kickboxing, with GLORY acquiring It's Showtime and K-1 being left in the dark after not paying for the show in Spain. He even said this year that the best thing for the sport would be a merger of the top organizations: "Even in an interview I said that. I welcome the step taken by the two organizations. I'm glad you now have created a strong promotion, but while I think the people at K-1 will have a say and we can expect a surprise."
SuperKombat has some great fighters, and many people have talked about wanting them to fight against the world's best in an organization like GLORY. Irimia addressed that matter, saying he was open to working with GLORY: "We will work with Glory. Bas Boon and I talked about fighters. I do not forbid you to fight in Glory or K-1 Global. And we have in the past used Errol Zimmerman and Remy Bonjasky at our events, so I see nothing wrong. Fighters have freedom of movement. We are open to any proposals," also noting that SuperKombat stars Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas and Bogdan Stoica had already received offers from GLORY.
Irimia knows a thing or two about having a successful kickboxing promotion, so he didn't hesitate to reiterate that GLORY has to be careful about how much money they lose at the beginning in order to be successful: "I go on the principle of building a solid product and to not lose money. If other promotions afford to lose millions, then it's their risk. But that system of business I do not see it to be viable. I make a system to resist in times of crisis. If World War will come, I will still put on events because I put together a product that makes money. We have therefore adapted the policy to losses and small steps. Currently, the market does not allow large events, so then you profit."
For now, Irimia will watch what happens with GLORY, while still admitting that things look great for them. He's seen what's happened to big plans in kickboxing before: "I've never taken big plans if they were not convincing. Look what happened last year. We enjoyed nothing! K-1 had to make the Final 16 in China and also canceled a week before. Now, K-1 returned for an event, and now has problems. Glory looks great at the moment, is the biggest promotion, but without them having a complete circuit yet, I can't give my opinion. From 2010 and until now there have been many rumors about rebirth."
Eduard Irimia's next SuperKombat show will be on July 7 in Varna, Bulgaria and features the likes of Catalin Morosanu, Raul Catinas, Ismael Londt, Freddy Kemayo and Alexey Ignashov, just to name a few. Check LiverKick throughout this week for news and information about the event.