|Heavyweight (Per 1/20)|
|6.||Mirko Cro Cop
|Light HW (per 1/20)|
|Middleweight (per 1/20)|
|Welterweight (per 1/20)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 1/20)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Final Fight 3 took place today in Split, Croatia with a main event of Igor Jurkovic taking on Raul Catinas.
A ton of damage was dished out over the course of the fight between both fighters. Jurkovic showed some improvements in his overall game with added movement that helped him avoid some of Catinas' punch-rushes, as well as effective knees that at some points during the fight were clearly putting Catinas in some discomfort. Catinas appeared to take the first round but Jurkovic hurt him with knees to the body in the second round. The third round seemed like it would decide the fight. Catinas had his moments of landing some big punches in the round but to me, Jurkovic seemed to do more over the course of the round. Jurkovic ended up getting the decision win. Either way, it was a pretty close fight and could have gone to an extra round, or even maybe have gone to Catinas.
Pavel Zhuravlev returned to the ring in Croatia again and had a quick outing against Luca Panto, knocking him out in the first round. Toni Milanovic also rebounded with a win on the prelininary card, taking a unanimous decision over the young rising Dutch fighter Ibrahim El Bouni at 88kg. Full kickboxing results below:
88kg: Toni Milanovic def. Ibrahim El Bouni by unanimous decision.
HW: Mladen Kujundzic def. Rok Strucl by unanimous decision.
81kg: Vlatko Bajic def. Petros Vardakas by unanimous decision.
HW: Pavel Zhuravlev def. Luca Panto by KO in Round 1.
HW: Igor Jurkovic def. Raul Catinas by unanimous decision.
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, former K-1 Heavyweight champion Kyotaro Fujimoto stepped into the ring for his 7th pro boxing bout against another former kickboxer in Fabrice Aurieng. After making the switch to boxing in late 2011, Kyotaro started his career with 5 straight wins including 3 knockouts before challenging Austrailia's Solomon Haumono for the OBPF Heavyweight title this past New Year's Eve. That fight didn't end so well for Kyotaro, who was rocked early in the 5th round, then, while seemingly out on his feet, put away for good with a monstrous right hand. Today, it was Kyotaro handing out the punishment as he knocked Aurieng down four times over the course of 7 rounds before forcing a corner stoppage at 1:11 in the 7th. He came in with an aggressive style and his defense still seems to be a bit shaky, but it was another good showing from the former K-1 champ against a fighter with a lot of fight experience, although Aurieng's boxing experience is about the same as Kyotaro's. Clearly, he has a long way to go before challenging some of boxing's top heavyweights and his management would probably be smart to put him in with some of the less powerful punchers in the division to get him some rounds and help him improve his defense. However, Kyotaro has shown good power, improved footwork and a solid chin on top of his kickboxing experience, so there's no reason that, with some polishing and a couple more years, he can't be a viable contender in a depleted Heavyweight landscape.Add a comment
Enfusion Live holds their fourth show of the year today in Novo Mesto, Slovenia and we'll have you covered here with live results as they happen.
The event starts at 2PM ET/11AM PT in North America and is live on The Fight Network in Canada. Full fight card here.
75kg: Stevan Zivkovic def. Ales Zavec by unanimous decision.
67kg: Samo Petje def. Rungsiam Super Pro Samui by KO in Round 1.
85kg: Tadej Toplak def. Jaroslaw Zawodni by majority decision.
57kg: Ilona Wijmans def. Nevenka Mikulic by decision.
95kg: Jasmin Becirovic def. Maxim Osiptsov by decision.
70kg: Mirko Vorkapic def. Longern Super Pro Samui by unanimous decision.Add a comment
As advertised, the first installment of the SUPERKOMBAT 2013 World Grand Prix kicks off today in Oradea, Romania, featuring the return of Bogdan Stoica, Benjamin Adegbuyi, Alexandru Lungu, and the first round of the Superkombat tournament. You can watch the event on PPV here for $5, and be entered to win a three day trip to Superkombat's next event.
Liverkick has you covered with live updates and results. The fights are scheduled to kick off at 3 PM EST.
Reserve Fight: Vladimir Toktasynov def. Chris Cooper by Decision
Semifinal 1: Muamer Tufekcic def. Corrie Robins by TKO in Rd. 2
Semifinal 2: Jairzinho Rozenstriuk def. Nikolaj Falin by Decision (Extra Round)
Superfight: Benjamin Adegbuyi def. Mohamed Bellezar by TKO (Injury) in Rd. 1
Superfight: Bogdan Stoica def. Romano Romasco by KO in Rd. 2
Superfight: Jason Dutton def. Alexandru Lungu by Disqualification
Final: Muamer Tufekcic def. Jairzinho Rozenstriuk by DecisionAdd a comment
GLORY 6 Istanbul goes down today from the Ulker Sports Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, featuring a main event of the long-awaited rematch between Daniel Ghita and Gokhan Saki. We'll be providing live results as they happen here in this post.
You can watch the event live here on LiverKick for $20 USD by clicking here. The event starts at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT in North America. Full fight card here.
Masoud Minaei def. Burak Ugur by TKO
Kenan Gunaydin def. Zurab Khistani by KO
Samet Keser def. Muzaffer Gimici by KO
Orhan Karalioglu def. Cleber Argente Alves
Jahfarr Wilnis def. Ogoz Ovguer by TKO
MMA: Vitaly Bigdash def. Ertan Balaban by Submission (Kneebar)
Dongsu Kim def. Naoki Yasuda by unanimous decision.
Max Baumert def. Ismail Uzuner by KO (High Kick) in Round 1.
Joseph Valtellini def. Murat Direkci by TKO (Towel) in Round 3.
Andy Ristie def. Alessandro Campagna by unanimous decision.
Nieky Holzken def. Karim Ghajji by TKO (Cut) in an extra round.
Marc de Bonte def. L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni by KO (Knee) in Round 1.
Filip Verlinden def. Lucian Danilencu by unanimous decision.
Mourad Bouzidi def. Fabiano Cyclone by TKO (Towel) in Round 2.
Gokhan Saki def. Daniel Ghita by TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 2.Add a comment
March was a huge month for Japanese kickboxing, with two Rajadamnern Stadium title fights, the Road to Glory 65kg tournament and big cards from RISE and Krush. This post will recap all of March's kickboxing and muay thai action from the past month.
March 3rd: Krush Ignition 2013 vol.1 and 2
Krush's series of smaller shows, previously known as Krush-EX, kicked off in March with a day-night double header. The main event only lasted 2:19, but was a wild affair with 2012 Youth GP semifinalist Daizo Sasaki knocking down prospect Minoru Kimura. However it was Kimura who came out on top, dropping Sasaki 3 times en route to a stoppage and giving him his third straight stoppage win after a pair of losses, which seem to have reenergized him. The co-main event saw Masanobu Goto rebound from a loss to Keiji Ozaki with a 1st round KO of Atsushi Ogata, who has proved to be little more than a punching bag since an upset win over Toshiki Taniyama. Ryuma Tobe returned to action after a 10 month layoff, knocking out Hiroshi Kamata in the 3rd round.
While the main event was an MMA fight, the main kickboxing attraction saw Legend 63kg champion Kouki Nakamura stop Masataka Maeda in the 1st round. Nakamura has fought on Big Bang cards before, losing to Koya Urabe and Naoki, and could find himself in Krush or RISE if he continues to dominate lower level competition.
March 10th: Road to GLORY Japan -65kg SLAM
The most stacked weekend of the month was headlined by GLORY's first Road to GLORY Japan event. The quarterfinals saw Zen Fujita stop Riki Matsuoka, Yuki beat Mohan Dragon, Masaaki Noiri get by HIROYA for a 3rd time and Yukihiro Komiya score an upset over Ryuji Kajiwara in a brawl. The semifinals saw Yuki use his signature low kicks to stop Zen Fujita while Noiri got by Komiya. In the finals, Noiri turned it on and dropped Yuki six times over the course of two rounds, ultimately stopping him with a brutal knockout and earning himself a spot in GLORY's 65kg world tournament in May. The event also featured a big superfight between Krush champ Hirotaka Urabe and WPMF champ SHIGERU in what was one of the best fights of the night. After three even rounds, Urabe opened up a nasty cut over SHIGERU's eye with a flying knee in the extension round, forcing a doctor stoppage. Full recap here.
SNKA: Magnum 31
This event featured two Rajadamnern Stadium title fights as Hiroki Ishii defended his 140lb title while Bantamweight champ Manasak Pinsinchai defended his strap against Mutsuki Ebata. Despite facing his second straight undersized opponent, Ishii was dropped in the 2nd round by an elbow and, despite recovering, finished in the 4th round by Aikpikart Mor Krongthepthonburi, who claimed Ishii's Raja title. In the co-main event, Manasak dominated Ebata in every aspect of the fight for the first four rounds and fended off a strong charge from Ebata in the final round, defending his title on foreign soil for the first time. Also on the card was 2010 K-1 Koshien champ Shohei Hareyama bouncing back from a loss to Shota Saenchaigym with a with a unanimous decision over Haruki. NJKF Welterweight Taeyeon was also on the card and despite impressing over the past year, he was knocked out in the 1st round by Shota Otsuki.
REALDEAL Gym's 32nd event was headlined by a rematch between one of their top prospects and RISING Rookies Cup 70kg winner Ryota Toyoshima and Akio Kishima. Toyoshima won their first bout, but this fight couldn't have ended differently as Kishima landed with a big head kick in the 1st round that put Toyoshima to sleep.
The main event saw the popular TOMONORI defeat WAKO Korea Flyweight champion Gan Byon-ju by decision, dropping him once in the fight. Also on the card was NJKF and Krush vet Shoya Suzuki who picked up a win over Yoshiyuki Nagayama.
Recap of the second half of the month after the break.
On March 9, Saenchai Muaythaigym headed to Cork, Ireland to face Houcine Bennoui at Siam Warriors. It was a hotly anticipated fight, but we were sorely lacking video evidence up until very recently. Thanks to Siam Boxing News we have been graced with footage of yet another masterful performance from the best fighter in the world.
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Haarlem Fight Night went down yesterday in Haarlem, Netherlands and featured a one night tournament at 70kg, featuring the likes of most notably Armen Petrosyan and Henri van Opstal.
The quarter finals saw Maiki Karathanasis defeat Anthony Kane by decision and Robbie Hageman beat William Diender by decision in an extra round of a close fight. Henri van Opstal cruised to a decision win over Kevin Hessling in his quarter final, while Armen Petrosyan stopped Nick Beljaards in the first round of his quarter final with three knockdowns.
The semi finals were then set up with Henri van Opstal vs. Maiki Karathanasis and Armen Petrosyan vs. Robbie Hagemen. Karathanasis was pparently visibly tired from his weight cut in the quarter finals and that was more of the same in the semi final. van Opstal cruised to another decision win and advanced to the final. In the other semi final, Armen Petrosyan cruised to a decision over Robbie Hagemen, saving himself for the final.
The final was to be five rounds, because of the WMTA title on the line for the tournament winner, but it didn't last that long. Petrosyan managed to damage van Opstal with low kicks over the course of the fight. After being thrown to the canvas a few times, van Opstal found it increasingly difficult to get up due to his legs being battered. After the third round, van Opstal's corner of Team Souwer threw in the towel, declaring Armen Petrosyan the winner.
Quarter: Maiki Karathanasis def. Anthony Kane by decision.
Quarter: Robbie Hagemen def. William Diender by decision in an extra round.
Quarter: Henri van Opstal def. Kevin Hessling by decision.
Quarter: Armen Petrosyan def. Nick Beljaards by TKO (3 Knockdowns) in Round 1.
Semi: Henri van Opstal def. Maiki Karathanasis by decision.
Semi: Armen Petrosyan def. Robbie Hagemen by decision.
Final: Armen Petrosyan def. Henri van Opstal by TKO (Corner Stoppage) after Round 3.
Also on the card were some up and coming Dutch prospects in Cedric Manhoef and Ibrahim El Bouni. Manhoef defeated Gym Haarlem's Abder Bechiri by decision. while El Bouni got a win back for Gym Haarlem as he beat Ronnie Roomeijer of Mike's Gym by decision.Add a comment
If there's anyone flying under the radar in the 70 kg weight division, it's Enriko Kehl. The twenty year old German sensation put on some seriously impressive performances during 2012, including a KO win over Nonsai at last year's Thailand vs. Europe, as well as a collection of Tatneft victories. Kehl came into Thailand vs. Europe 2013 off a hotly disputed loss to Dzhabar Askerov. Keep in mind Askerov went on to defeat Any Souwer at Yokkao 2013 not long later, so this should give you an idea of exactly how good Kehl is, or has the potential to be. Last night he took to the ring again against Berneung Topking Boxing, who himself was coming off a loss. Berneung may not be in his prime of his life, but he still has the ability to put solid wins together.
Kelh demonstrated why we at Liverkick are excited about this kid. After a relatively even first two round, Kehl threw a right elbow, which Beneung dodged, and continued the rotation into a second spinning elbow, catching the Thai flush on the jaw and sending him to the canvas in a crumpled heap. Medics immediately rushed into the ring to revive him, and he was still unable to stand when Kehl's victory was announced. I think Enriko would make a great addition to any big-name league, whether it be Kickboxing or Muay Thai. He can go places.
Also on the card, Phuket Top Team's Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn faced perpetual journeyman Steeve Valente, and ended his night with a TKO elbow victory midway through Round 3. "The Black Sniper" Marco Pique failed to rebound from a loss to Raphael Llodra, losing a unanimous decision to Suriya Prasathinpimai. In the surprise of the night, Christophe Provost won a decision victory against Changpuek Sor KeawSuek, who had most recently won back-to-back victories in the Korea MAX tournament, and Thai Fight 2013.
Shkodran Vaseli def. Alexander Sakotic by Decision
Daniel Koehler def. Ramon Kubler by Decision
Nonsai Sor Sanyakorn def. Steeve Valente by TKO (Elbow) in Rd. 3
Christophe Provost def. Changpuek Sor KeawSuek bu Decision
Suriya Prasathinpimai def. Marco Pique by Decision
Enriko Kehl def. Berneung TopKing Boxing by KO (Spinning Elbow) in Rd. 3Add a comment
In another packed Saturday of stand up fighting, the action moved to Brazil, where WGP Kickboxing played host to a 4 man Heavyweight tournament in which the winner qualified for a place on the Superkombat roster. Also on the card, Superkombat veteran, Miodrag Olar, was set to take on former MMA fighter and Bellator veteran, Thiago Michel, and fan favorite Sandro Pereira fought for the 85 kg Brazilian Title against Cesar Almeida.
In the opening rounds of the heavyweight tournament Felipe Micheletti won a hard fought decision against Argentina's Rogelio Ortiz, and Brazil's Edson Lima took out Robson Rocha by KO in the second round. Michelliti and Lima met in the finals, with Michelliti primarily back-pedalling and landing hard shots to the chin of Lima, who ambled forward swinging at air. In the first and third round Edson seemed a hair's breadth away from tumbling to the canvas. After 3, it was Micheletti who had his hand raised, and was awarded a place among the Superkombat Heavyweight roster.
On the other half of the card, Thiago Michel won a lackluster decision over Miodrag Olar. The Brazilian clearly outweighed the smaller Olar, pushing him around the ring and dominating in a display of brute strength and size. The other big fight was far more entertaining. Home-town hero Sandro Pereira put on a show of shows against Cesar Almeida in a knock down, drag out, balls to the walls 5-round throwdown. The two Brazilians opened up in the first, deciding during the first thirty seconds to stand in front each other and throw everything they had at full power while eating punches with a smile. To the delight of the fans, Pereira began to pull from Almeida in the later rounds, eventually coming away with the unanimous decision and the 85 kilogram belt.
Semifinal #1: Fillipe Micheletti def. Rogelio Ortiz by KO (Liver Kick) in Round 2
Semifinal #2: Edson Lima def. Robson Rocha by KO in Rd. 2
Final: Fillipe Micheletti def. Edson Lima by Decision
Thiago Michel def. Miodrag Olar by Decision
85 kg Brazilian Title Fight: Sandro Pereira def. Cesar Almeida by DecisionAdd a comment