For the longest time there have been questions about LiverKick’s rankings. Namely, that in the featherweight division GLORY is completely not a part of the equation anymore. That, in part, is because it’s a vastly more competitive division than most of the other divisions in kickboxing, talent-dense and, at the moment, Japan-centric. The other reason is interesting, in that GLORY at one point employed a few of the higher-level talents in their division, but then inexplicably cut them loose. By proxy of how rankings work, eventually the GLORY champion continued to drop while the division flourished outside of GLORY, with [read more]
Kickboxing is a sport that tends to just chug along. Events happen, fights happen, fighters win, they lose and occasionally something weird happens. Sometimes something REALLY weird happens, and what’s really odd is when it doesn’t involve Buakaw or Badr Hari. For the second time this year Enfusion is grabbing headlines for the strange actions of their fighters, and for the second time in Ibrahim el Boustati’s career in Enfusion he’s been involved in a mind-boggling result. The first was his win over Filip Verlinden. Verlinden was originally announced as the winner of the fight, but el Boustati, a young [read more]
W5 Kickboxing held their European League 42 event at the Rebuys Casino today, titled “Fortune Favors the Brave,” in a night of fast-paced kickboxing action that saw few knockouts and more fighters going to war within three rounds. Daniel Gallardo was able to claim the W5 Welterweight European Championship with a big win over Andrej Kedves. In the co-main, American Omari Boyd continued to make his home country proud with a close win over Bruno Nincevic. The main event saw Ondrej Hutnik claim the Light Heavyweight European Championship by downright bullying the always-game Miran Fabjan, including at one point pushing [read more]
W5 Kickboxing presents W5: Fortune Favors the Brave on November 11th, which means on November 10th their live weigh-in event happens. The weigh-in starts at 16:00 CET and will be streamed live via the YouTube embed below.
There have been a few changes to the W5: Fortunes Favor the Brave fight card that is coming up on November 11th in Kosice. Viktor Bogutzki was forced to drop out of his fight with Viktor Pavlicek, with Janos Koczfan taking his place instead. Habash Antoine was also forced to drop out, which means that Andrej Kedves will be vying for the W5 Welterweight European Championship against Daniel Gallardo. The event airs live at 1pm eastern/10am pacific time on W5Kick.tv via iPPV. Ivan Bartek vs. Dzenan Haibi Poturak Markus Ehrenhdfer vs. Donat Hornik Viktor Pavlicek vs. Janos Koczfan Milan Pales vs. Stas Kazansev W5 Welterweight [read more]
Melvin Manhoef’s World Fighting League held one of their biggest events to date today in the Netherlands, featuring the return of Remy Bonjasky in a fourth showdown between himself and Manhoef, in a bout advertised as Manhoef’s retirement bout. We’ve grown to believe that retirements in the sport of kickboxing are only reliant on promoters not offering the fighters giant purses to return, as this was Bonjasky once again returning from his retirement. Anyway, the two men met for the fourth time and for the first time Manhoef walked away victorious… For the last time? On top of that they [read more]
On December 8th Enfusion will be holding an 8-man, 100,000euros tournament at 72kg featuring the best in the world. Already qualified for the tournament are Nordin Ben Moh, Superbon Banchamek, Mohamed Khamal and Diogi Calado. On November 11th in the Netherlands Enfusion will find the rest of the field with some huge qualifying fights. Yassin Baitar and Mohamed Didouh will vie for the reserve fight, as will Marvin Monteiro and Anour Lahmaj. For the actual tournament Jordan Watson will take on Endy Semeleer, Regilio van den Ent takes on Redouan Laarkoubi, Aziz Kallah takes on Ludo Millet and fan-favorite Tayfun [read more]
On Saturday, November 18th Lion Fight Promotions, along with Muay Thai Grand Prix in the UK, will promote MTGP Presents Lion Fight 39, a blockbuster, international clash of two renowned muay thai promotions. The card is filling out, lined with five big title fights with a whopping six titles on the line. The main event sees the Lion Fight World Cruiserweight title on the line against the MTGP World Crusierweight title as Chip Moraza-Pollard squares off against Jordan Smith. Amine Ballafrikh will challenge MTGP’s Dean James for the MTGP World Featherweight Championship, Jose Varela vs. Keith McLachlan for the MTGP [read more]
This past weekend at a Giorgio Petrosyan-promoted event, Petrosyanmania, Giorgio Petrosyan scored his 100th professional career win over former It’s Showtime Lightweight Champion Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi had initially announced his shocking retirement in 2012, only to rescind on that where he’s continued to compete on the fringes of the top of the 70kg heap. Needless to say, Giorgio Petrosyan was perhaps too strong of a challenge for him at this point, although he put forth a valiant effort. The match, which was a rematch from 2008 where Petrosyan defeated Ngimbi, saw Petrosyan once again have his hand raised.
Kickboxing promotion Enfusion will be celebrating five years of its existence in 2018 and doing so in style on their 5th Anniversary event on February 17th with the return of K-1 legend Andy Souwer to fight Enfusion League winner Tayfun Ozcan in a blockbuster main event. Souwer, who hasn’t competed in kickboxing since late 2016 and has instead been focused on professional MMA, amassing a 2-2 record since 2015, will make his return to the sport that made him famous against one of the very best 70kg fighters. Souwer last fought for Enfusion in April of 2015 when he competed [read more]