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LiverKick.com Rankings


Heavyweight (Per 4/15)
1. Rico Verhoeven
2. Daniel Ghita
3. Gokhan Saki
4. Tyrone Spong
5. Peter Aerts
6. Errol Zimmerman up
7. Benjamin Adegbuyiup
8. Ismael Londt up
9. Hesdy Gerges up
10. Ben Edwards up

Light HW (per 4/15)
1. Gokhan Saki up
2. Tyrone Spong down
3. Danyo Ilunga
4. Nathan Corbett down
5. Saulo Cavalari

Middleweight (per 4/15)
1. Wayne Barrett
2. Joe Schilling
3. Artem Levin
4. Steven Wakeling
5. Franci Grajs

Welterweight (per 4/15)
1. Nieky Holzken 
2. Joseph Valtellini 
3. Simon Marcus
4. Marc de Bonte
5. Aussie Ouzgni

 

70kg (Per 4/15)
1. Davit Kiriaup
2. Andy Ristiedown
3. Robin van Roosmalendown
4. Giorgio Petrosyandown
5. Murthel Groenhart
6. Buakaw Banchamek
7. Dzhabar Askerov
8. Ky Hollenbeckup
9. Aikprachaup
10. Enriko Kehlup

65kg (per 1/20)
1. Masaaki Noiri
2. Mosab Amraniup
3. Yuta Kubo down
4. Sagetdao
5. Liam Harrison

Interviews

Ghita

The sport of Kickboxing is one that is still growing and evolving every day, even if it has been around for quite a while now. If you need proof of that, look no further than Daniel Ghita, who fights this weekend at Glory 9 New York against Brice Guidon. Ghita, a Romanian fighter, began as a bruiser whose kicks were his best weapon. Since then Ghita has evolved not only as a fighter but as a sportsman as well. He shows a media savvy and professional attitude at all times.

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K-1

K-1 has seen some tumultuous times over the past few years, as we saw the FEG era come to an end in 2011 and saw former EMCOM/Jaleco bigwig Mike Kim step in and purchase the assets to K-1, creating K-1 Global. It has been an interesting ride since then, as we’ve seen the formation of GLORY, the absorption of It’s Showtime into GLORY and seen regional promoters like Eduard Irimia try to break through with brands like SuperKombat. In a way, the market is wide open while still living in the shadows of K-1’s past.

K-1 Global is probably the one who has the most work to do when it comes to overcoming the shadow of K-1’s past, as they are carrying the torch for the K-1 brand and for the sport in general after there were some major issues with K-1’s former management. Then, to top it all off, K-1 Global has seen a revolving door of failed partnerships, which shows how unstable the Kickboxing world can be as well as how K-1 Global boss Mike Kim is not looking to accept subpar deals or excuses, he just wants to put on good shows.

We sat down with a guy whose name you might not know -- but you should -- in Ned Kuruc, who serves as the Director of Regional Development & Fighter Acquisition for K-1 Global, which is a fancy title for saying that Ned works on developing events and signing fighters. If you stop to think about what goes on with the fight world, that is a pretty hefty job. Who better to talk about K-1 Global and where things are headed?

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Ghita

Daniel Ghita is one of the fastest rising stars in Heavyweight Kickboxing of the past few years, he was well on his way to being a star in 2010, but the right that really propelled him to international fame was his battle with Gokhan Saki at the K-1 World Grand Prix Finals. It was a classic bout between the two men, with Saki taking the win that time and moving on to the semifinals. Of course, he moved on to the semifinals with injured ribs and a broken arm, the fight with Ghita leaving its mark.

In the past few years Daniel Ghita has worked tirelessly to become a better fighter, and under the tutelage of Anil Dubar he has become a force to be reckoned with. Ghita was always known for his deadly kicks, especially his low kicks, but over the past few years he has brought a new understanding of the complete Kickboxing game to the ring with him, including a deadly right hand which has earned him the new nickname of “The Sniper,” a much more refined nickname than his past one of “The Savage Samurai.”

LiverKick caught up with Daniel Ghita as he prepared for his fight for Gokhan Saki this weekend to see how this fight will be different from the last and what Ghita expects out of this fight and the future.

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On April 6, Bogdan Stoica makes his return to the ring from a nasty injury at the Superkombat WGP in Oradea, Romania. Stoica is the current reigning 95 kg Superkombat Champion, and is easily one of the most high-flying, dynamic, and exciting fighters in kickboxing today. Liverkick.com caught up with Bogdan to ask about his early life, his injury, and his upcoming fight in Oradea. 

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Liverkick: You are one of Superkombat's most well known stars, but fans in the West still don't know much about your beginnings. Can you tell us a little about where you grew up, and how you first got into kickboxing?

Bogdan Stoica: The first sport I ever was played was football. When I was six years old I began training with Steaua Buckarest (A Romanian Football Club), but when I was fourteen I started having health complication and was forced to quit. Two years later I decided to take up combat sports in my hometown of Bucharest. I used to visit my brother Andrei whenever he practiced judo, and that's what got me interested. I began with Wushu, and then became a professional fighter when I turned eighteen. The first time I fought for Local Kombat was in 2010. 

LK: What is it like having a brother than also competes at a vey high level in kickboxing? 

BS: We spar against each other all the time. It gets very emotional in the ring, and it helps to have his encouragement. Whenever we spar we use a lot of power and technique, but I would never actually fight with him. 

LK: How do you feel about the development of kickboxing in Romania? Has it changed since you were young?

BS: It's grown much bigger in the last decade. It's great for Romanian kickboxers because it allows us to better help young athletes gain more experience. Superkombat President, Eduard Irimia, has done fantastic things here and worldwide. Kickboxing has become a product where it wasn't before. It's so popular that people recognize me on the streets. Most of them tell me about my amazing flying knees, and it makes me happy that someone appreciates my work. 

LK: Most people aware of your accident that occurred in July of 212. For those that don't, can you give us your account of what happened that day?

BS: I was driving my motorcycle down a boulevard, and a car driven by careless driver collided with me. I swerved and collapsed to the pavement. For a few minutes I was unconscious, and when I awoke I was being transported to the hospital. I was there for about a week. 

LK: What did the doctors say about the extent of your injuries?

BS: They told me if I was not an athelete I would have almost certainly have been dead. They were also extremely impressed with my ability to recover.

LK: You began training again in November of 2012. How was your rehabilitation? 

BS: I followed the advice of my doctors. I have not forced anything, and taken my time, although I would have liked to fight in the final Superkombat in December. I did everything slowly, and took my time to make sure I was 100% recovered. 

LK: Did your family want you to continue fighting after the accident?

BS: As you probably know, they were very concerned for my health. But they also knew that my life is this sport, and I wouldn't be able to live without it. They have supported me all the way. and have been with me ever since the accident. I can happily say that they will be there for my return fight on April 6 in the Superkombat Grand Prix in Oradea.

LK: Speaking of which, you're making your return fight against Romano Romasco of Italy. How do you feel about this fight? Is there anything about Romasco you feel you'll have to watch out for?

BS: I'm not worried about anything in particular. More importantly, I can't wait to be back in the ring again, trying to put on the most spectacular show I can. I'm well prepared and hungry to take a win. 

LK: Do you ever plan to drop down to 85 kg again?

BS: No, for the moment I want to be the best in the world at 95 kg. In the future I'd like to fill out and fight heavyweight. 

LK: Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans around the world?

BS: I want to apologize for my break, and I promise I've done my best in training. I would like to make up for it in Oradea by putting on a spectacular fight. I hope that everyone will be satisfied with my performance. Thank you for your support and Supuerkombat World Grand Prix on April 6, on Eurosport!

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Head on over to Superkombat.com for more information, and be sure to catch the first installment of the Superkombat WGP on April 6. 

 

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MillerFor a fighter who was just involved in one of the biggest and most prestigious Kickboxing tournaments that the world has known and to lose a fight that many believe that he handily won, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is sure handling it better than most fighters in his situation would. Many look at Miller when he’s in fight-selling mode and is talking a good deal of trash, hyping up his fights and rush to conclusions that he is some uneducated punk who runs his mouth, but in fact, the opposite is true as Miller might be outspoken, but comes across as personable, intelligent and very mature for a fighter his age.

LiverKick.com caught up with Jarrell Miller in Croatia after his fight where he was doing his best to unwind and relax after his fight with Mirko Cro Cop and he seemed calm, cool and in better spirits than most in his situation would be.

“I mean, it feels awesome to get to the Final 8,” he told us this afternoon in regards to being in the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 8. “Could have probably been a Finalist, but you know, you fight the superhero in his hometown,” he shakes his head. “The fans have spoken and they say that it was a hometown robbery and that I won it. You know, it is what it is, every fighter has to pay their dues and I’m paying my dues right now.”

Jarrell is indeed paying his dues, but makes no secret that his main goal is to be the Heavyweight Champion of the World in Boxing; “Right now my focus is on Boxing, but if an opportunity comes along and my team feels that it is beneficial to us, then maybe, maybe I’ll step back in a Kickboxing ring,” he adds about his possible future in Kickboxing. “But for right now I’m gonna take a few weeks off, get my mind right and get back to training.”

He had stated in an interview leading up to the fight that he understood that he had to knock Cro Cop out to get the win in Cro Cop’s hometown, but even though he controller most of the fight and landed the most shots, he was far from shocked when the decision was announced.

“Yeah, you know, I was surprised that they still announced it, but I knew it was gonna happen,” he shakes his head and smiles. “If you saw my expression right after the fight, you could see that I was thinking that they were gonna give it to him. You know, I take it for what it is, I mean, what can I say? I’m undefeated still, point blank, period and everybody knows that. Ain’t nobody beaten Big Baby.”

Many forget that Miller is still a young fighter and this was arguably the biggest stage and most famous opponent that he has faced in any sport, which had to bolster his confidence, regardless of the decision. “Listen, from the time that I was sparring with the Klitschko’s, and sparring and fighting are two different things,” he stops to clarify. “But you are absolutely correct because the pressure is on, but yeah it was a boost of confidence. It also let the fans see what happens when you fight in another’s hometown. I’m glad that they were able to see this and I appreciate their support and I hope to fight out here again.”

As for the prospect of a rematch with Cro Cop? Let’s just say that Miller would have fought him right then and there if he could.

“Hell yeah I’d take it. Listen, I’d take it ASAP, I’d take it right now, but um, you know,” he slows down, reflecting for a moment. “God has a plan for everybody and I’m just happy that I don’t have any injuries. I have a little lump on my head from when he hit me with a headbutt. He might have landed one good left hook or right hook, but I mean, I’m good, man, I’m blessed, man. I’m here with a bunch of great fighters; Melvin Manhoef, Zabit Samedov, Ismael Londt. I mean, this is a great atmosphere. I can say that I did it and now it’s time to do something else and you know what? I appreciate everybody out there; the fans, the press for being here and seeing all of the hard work that I put into this. For a Boxer to come back to their game and still kick their butt in it?” He laughs, shaking his head, before finishing. “And I appreciate LiverKick.com for putting this out there. Peace!”

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