The big fights are what attract fans to kickboxing, and while there are rumblings of K-1 returning at some point this year and putting on shows featuring Heavyweights and Super Heavyweights, but no one is quite certain if the same line up of elite fighters will be willing to do business with K-1 due to outstanding debts and fears of not being paid promptly. Where K-1 lacks, other promoters will always step forward and pick up the slack, which is what is happening now. According to Romanian site GSP.ro (I know, I know), Daniel Ghita is set to do battle with Badr Hari not once but twice.
"It's an honor for me to fight the best K-1 fighter," Ghita told the press.
The first fight is apparently set to happen on September 11th of this year in Amsterdam promoted by none other than It's Showtime. This is a fight that has been a long time in the making, with rumors of the fight being in negotiations before the May 14th Lyon It's Showtime show. What's interesting is that it appears that It's Showtime will continue with their pattern of putting on two big shows back-to-back, with the Fast and Furious tournament happening on September 24th in Brussels, Belgium featuring a 70kg MAX tournament between the best in the world. If the September 11th fight is indeed to take place in Amsterdam, the question to ask is where the fight will take place. There have been rumors that It's Showtime was still looking to run the Amsterdam ArenA in the fall, but with no concrete date or headlining fight yet.
A fight between Daniel Ghita and Badr Hari would seem to be that big fight that could help spur a huge event, but there are a lot of venues for them to promote, so we'll have to wait and see.
Eduard Irimia, the promoter of the Local Kombat series in Romania is also quoted saying that Badr Hari will once again face off with the Romanian Ghita for Local Kombat in early 2012, which coincides with his statements a few weeks ago that he was putting together a Ghita and Hari showdown in Romania "soon."
It is a fantastic matchup and I'm sure no one will complain about coming back for seconds. [source]
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His second novel, Terminus Cycle, launches on March 24th.