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A Look Into Thom Harinck's English Biography

While the popularity of kickboxing/muay thai has had a rocky history in the United States, it has flourished in Asia and Europe, this is especially true of Holland.  It is a sport with a very rich and colorful history and who better to provide a narrative of its evolution than Thom Harinck. 

As a 40+ year veteran of the sport, Harinck offers not one, but two tomes about his life, the sport and the evolution of Chakuriki Gym.  For devotees of combat sports and/or fans of the man himself, Harinck  delivers “Vechter,” a Dutch language book, due to be released this fall and the already available, "Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West."  

The former book provides an intimate look at Harinck’s life and relationships, while the latter, which is written in English, chronicles the rise of Chakuriki gym as well as discusses many of the key persons and organizations relevant throughout his career.  For fans and historians of the sport, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West" takes readers back to many of the most pivotal kickboxing/muay thai matches in the history of the sport. So vivid is his story telling that readers will find themselves reliving those matches.  Written in a very easy to read style, this book details Harinck’s work with many of the best and brightest in the history of the sport including K-1 champions Branko Cikatic and Peter Aerts.  It also gives insight into his stormy relationship with kickboxing superstar, Badr Hari.  

It is a memoir that delves into Harinck’s life experiences especially as they relate to the development of his Chakuriki training style. Reminiscent of the biopic of a rock star, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West" is gritty, humorous, and at times sad as it explores both the triumphs and tragedies of the sport.  Well worth reading, “Thom Harinck: Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West", is a must have for those with an interest in kickboxing/muay thai.


EM Legend 13 Card Featuring Saenchai and More

EM Legend will be holding their next event on October 15th at Emei Mountain, featuring a mixed card of muay thai and kickboxing bouts, including a one-night 65kg kickboxing tournament.

The event, in coordination with Thai Fight, will be broadcast live in Thailand on Channel 3, then in China it airs on Sichuan TV every Monday at 11:30 PM.

65kg Muay Thai: Victor Pinto vs. Zhang ChengLong

65kg Muay Thai: Saenchai vs. Jonathan Tuhu

75kg Muay Thai: Tengnueng vs. Erik Massion

68kg Muay Thai: PTT Petrchrungrueng vs. Christ Axelsson

70kg Muay Thai: Denphanom vs. Tukhtaboev

68kg Muay Thai: Payak Samui vs. Tagaev

75kg Muay Thai: Youssef Boughanem vs. Ahmed Aushev

73kg Muay Thai: Sudsakorn vs. Islam

63kg Muay Thai: Han ZiHao vs. Fridavs

60kg Kickboxing: Zhu Xu vs. Santi

59kg Kickboxing: Chen ChangLin vs. Motoaki Takahashi

67kg Kickboxing: Sun QianKun vs. Liang YuanHao

80kg Kickboxing: Pavel Turuk vs. Wei GaoJie

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament: Sanchez Rodriguez vs. Wang Kang

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament: Bian Denix vs. Fu QingNan

65kg Kickboxing World Championship Tournament Finals


Fight Card for KNOCK OUT vol.0 on December 5th

Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT will be making its debut on December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event by the new promotion, that looks to take on the world of kickboxing by storm, will be featuring a few huge bouts, including Takuya "T-98" Imamura against Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima, Keisuke Miyamoto against Masahide Kudo and more.

KNOCK OUT vol.0 5.12.2016


Genji Umeno(35W.7L.3D) vs TBA

Tenshin Nasukawa(16W) vs TBA

takuya Imamura(31W.13L.4D) vs Youichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima(33W.15L.1D)

Yosuke Morii(35W.7L.3D) vs Yodwandee Nitisamui(140W.41L.2D)

Haruaki Otsuki(37W.8L) vs Starboy

Keisuke Miyamoto(23W.9L.5D) vs Masahide Kudo(13W.4L.2D)


Enfusion Live #42 Card for October 8th

This weekend Enfusion Live returns with Enfusion Live #42 from Madrid, featuring a -67kgs tournament, a battle for the -60kg title and a whole lot more. The tournament begins on the Enfusion Live Kickboxing Talents card and continues on into the main card. 

Enfusion Live #42


Winner fight 2 Vs Winner fight 3


Cristofer Opazos (Spain) Vs Ilias Ennahachi (Morocco)

5.3X3 -70Kg

Nayanesh Parikh (Congo) Vs Warren Stevelmans (South Africa)

4.3X3 -72.5Kg 

Edye Ruiz (Spain) Vs Aziz Kallah (Morocco)


Winner from quarter final Vs Winner from quarter final


Winner from quarter final Vs Winner from quarter final


Iman Ghablou (Morocco) Vs Maria Lobo (Portugal)

Kickboxing Talents 24

7.3X3 -70Kg

Angel Herrero (Spain) Vs Enrique Castillo (Spain)

6.3X3 -75Kg

Felix Carpintero (Spain) Vs Diogo Neves (Portugal)

5.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Jesus Maria Romero vs Milan Pales

4.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Mohamed Didouh vs Roberto Alario

3.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Mohamed Galaoui vs Abdo Chaidi

2.3X3 Tournament Quarter Final -67 Kg

Emad kadyear vs Sergey Lonel

1.3X3 Reserve Fight -67 Kg 

David Camacho (Spain) Vs Fakhr Iddine Krarma Chentouf (Morocco)


Updated Card For W5 Legends in Prague on October 8th

W5 Kickboxing returns on Saturday in Prague with W5 Grand Prix: Legends in Prague. The event is headlined by a bout between Tomas Hron against Andrei Stoica, but also features a 75kg tournament and Ondrej Hutnik against Catalin Morosanu in what should be a war. 

Fight card:

1. -65 kg

Jakub Krofta (Czech Republic) vs Andrej Kedves (Croatia)

2. -82.5 kg

Matej Penaz (Czech Republic) vs Patrik Vidakovicz (Hungary)

3. -52,5 kg

Michaela Kerlehova (Czech Republic) vs Ilsury Hendrikse (Netherlands)

4. -72,5 kg

Michael Krcmar (Czech Republic) vs  Sergey Chadin (Russia)

5. -75 kg, W5 World Title Tournament Reserve fight

Anatoli Hunanyan (Czech Republic) vs Jasmin Bajrovic (Croatia)

6. -75 kg, W5 World Title Tournament Semifinal #1

Darryl Sichtman (Netherlands) vs Cosmo Alexandre (Brazil)

7. -71 kg

Martin Gano (Czech Republic) vs Nikola Cimesa (Serbia)

8.-75 kg, W5 World Title Tournament Semifinal #2

Matous Kohout (Czech Republic) vs Berat Aliu (Germany)

9. -87 kg

Petr Ondrus (Czech Republic) vs Jiri Zak (Czech Republic)

10. -95 kg

Ibrahim "Mr.Cool" El Bouni (Morocco) vs Dzevad Poturak (Bosnia And Hercegovina)

11. +95 kg

Jan Soujup (Czech Republic) vs Freddy Kemayo (France)

12. -72,5 kg W5 European Title

Erkan Varol (Turkey) vs Vlad Tuinov (Russia)

13. -77 kg W5 European Title

Vladimir Moravcik (Slovakia) vs Alim Nabiev (Ukraine)

14. +95 kg

Ondrej Hutnik (Czech Republic) vs Catalin Morosanu (Romania)

15. -75 kg, W5 World Title Tournament Final

16. +95 kg

Tomas Hron (Czech Republic) vs Andrei Stoica (Romania)


Krush 69 Fight Card

Krush 69 takes place tonight at 4am EST/1am PST from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan and will be streaming live on Abematv, Gaora, and Nico. The card includes 2 Krush championship fights, one at 55kgs and the other for the women's Krush title.

Fight Card

-53kg : Fumiya Hata vs Akihiro Kaneko

-45kg : Koto Hiraoka vs Yukari

-60kg : Yuki Miwa vs Riku Anpo

-63kg : Keisuke Nakamura vs Hajime Hata

-48kg : Momi vs Miyako "Smile" Mitsuhori

-65kg : Daiki Matsushita vs Mitsuharu Waki

-67kg : Mohan Dragon vs Takehiko Saito

-55kg : Ryuji Horio vs Keisuke Ishida

-70kg: Hiroki Nakajima vs Kotetsu

-70kg : Yu Hirono vs Shintaro Matsukura

Krush Womens Championship : Kana vs Kill Bee

Krush -55kg Championship : Nobuchika Terado vs Charles Bongiovanni


SuperKombat Releases Full Card For Oct. 1 Event, Featuring Ngimbi vs. Paraschiv Title Fight

On Saturday SuperKombat returns with their latest SuperKombat World Grand Prix event, this one being headlined by a huge world title fight at 72.5kg between Amansio Paraschiv and former It's Showtime champion Chris Ngimbi. Ngimbi has been highly-regarded for years now while Paraschiv has been incredibly impressive as late. Paraschiv won the New Heroes World Title in 2015 and now will be contending for the vacant title against very worth competition in Ngimbi.

Superkombat New Heroes (18:30 CET (19:300, local hour),, Fight Box)

1. Super Fight - MMA rules - Super Middleweight division (-75 kg)

Eugen Vulpe (Rep. Moldova) vs Lascar Cornelius (Romania)

2. Super Fight – Super middleweight (-77 kg)

Cristi Stoica (Romania) vs Cristian Rotar (Romania)

3. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight plus division (-86 kg)

Nicu Buceac (Romania) vs Răzvan Țîru (Romania)

4. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Daniel Stefanovski (Switzerland) vs Ionut Sandur (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight division (-81 kg)

Adelin Mihaila (Romania) vs Adrian Rosca (Romania)

6. Super Fight - Heavyweight bout (+96 kg)

Kerone Davies (United Kingdom) vs Mihaita Golescu (Romania) 

7. Super Fight – Super Middleweight division (-77 kg)

Igor Scoda (Rep. Moldova) vs Alex Filip (Romania)

Superkombat WGP (21:00 CET, Eurosport)

1. Super Fight - Light Heavyweight (-81 kg)

Diego Mosquera (Colombia) vs Bogdan Nastase (Romania)

2. Super Fight - Middleweight division (-71 kg)

Eduard Chelariu (Romania) vs Andrei Leustean (Romania)

3. Super Fight – Lightweight division (-65 kg)

Jonathan Fabian (Spain) vs Cristian Spetcu (Romania)

4. Super Fight – Light Heavyweight plus division (-86 kg)

George Davies (United Kingdom) vs Sebastian Ciobanu (Romania)

5. Super Fight – Super Cruiserweight division (-95 kg)

David Trallero (Spain) vs Sebastian Cozmanca (Romania)

6. World Title Fight – Middleweightdivision (-72.5 kg)

Chris Ngimbi (DR Congo) vs Amansio Paraschiv (Romania)


Bushiroad Creates KNOCK OUT, Aiming To Take Over Kickboxing

Kickboxing's rise in popularity can almost entirely be thanked on behalf of Japan, K-1 in particular. Sure, lots of talent came from (and still comes from) Europe, but the shows never quite reached the level that K-1 did in Japan. Therefore, K-1 was kickboxing for a very, very long time. The death of FEG led to the fracturing of the sport. Now we have GLORY, K-1 Japan, K-1 Europe, SuperKombat, WGP, Kunlun and many other promotions in its wake. 

The reality here is that there are people who believe in kickboxing as a sport and all want to make it big again, but under their own terms. Would it take a rising in Japan for the sport to boom again? That's what KRUSH has been hoping for with their K-1 Japan. KRUSH originally began as a joint venture between the All Japan Kickboxing Federation and K-1, then when AJKF fell to the wayside KRUSH split off on its own. Ironically, KRUSH now is the brand keeping the K-1 name alive in Japan. But that doesn't mean that everyone has always relied upon the whole K-1/AJKF mindset when it comes to kickboxing.

There was the New Japan Kickboxing Federation as well, which split off from AJKF in the mid-90's. The promotion No Kick, No Life rose in the ashes of the whole "anti-K-1" brand of kickboxing, instead focusing on muay thai rules. Now, replacing NKNL is KIXROAD, a collaboration between NKNL and Bushiroad with their show KNOCK OUT. Confused yet? KNOCK OUT takes over No Kick, No Life's television slot on Tokyo MX starting in 2017 and is being backed by Bushiroad. If you are unfamiliar with Bushiroad they are a trading card company based out of Japan. In 2012 Bushiroad acquired New Japan Professional Wrestling and has since made the once-great Japanese wrestling promotion flourish with the help of placing New Japan's biggest stars in Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura (now in WWE), Kazuchika Okada and Togi Makabe (what?!) back into the national spotlight. 

That is exactly what Bushiroad is looking to do with KNOCK OUT. Our pal karaevfan on Kakutougi (the best kickboxing message board, period) gave a full report and translations from their first press conference and they have huge plans. They noted that kickboxing has yet to have a global leader since FEG's K-1 disappeared. MMA has the UFC, pro wrestling has WWE (although Kriyama of Bushiroad notes that New Japan is 'working on that'), but kickboxing is fractured. 

Famed former New Japan Kickboxing champion Onodera Riki will be producing KNOCK OUT and looking to once again make kickboxing flourish. This will be straight-forward, traditional kickboxing, which means three minute rounds, three rounds for normal fights, five for title fights. As for the rules? It sounds like muay thai, but they are calling it kickboxing. Why muay thai? Because they mentioned elbows. 

The first event is scheduled for December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall), which seats about 3,000 people. The card is threadbare for now, but they aren't focusing on exclusive talent acquisition for now, just partnering with RISE and taking freelancers. 

Yuichiro 'Jienotsu' Nagashima  vs. T-98 (Takuya Imanari)

Haruaki Otsukivs. StarBoy KwaythongGym

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Genji Umeno vs TBA

They plan on running shows every other month and don't plan on making money for two years. Everything seems ambitious, with them wanting to expand the kickboxing market and overtake their competition. I guess we'll have to wait and see what they do.


Fight Card for EM Legend 16 (Emei Legend)

EM Legend in China continues hitting on all cylinders for their next event, which happens on September 24th in China. Their 65kg tournament continues with Quade Tarnaki against Anvar Boynazarov and Kunchai vs. Manas. Also featured on the card is Rasul against Hiroya and a few other big fights.

65kg Tournament: Quade Tarnaki vs. Anvar Boynazarov

65kg Tournament: Kunchai vs. Manas

60kg Christian vs. Ji Duo Yi Bu

63kg Antoine Habash vs. Zhao ChuanLin

64kg Jonnata vs. Zhang ChengLong

65kg Rasul vs. HIROYA

70kg Sasu Lucian vs. Zhao XiaoYu

70kg Magomedov vs. Bian Denis

70kg Mendes vs. Liang YuanHao

70kg Mo ZhuangWei YuLong vs. Valentino Thibaut

70kg Ying PengPeng vs. William Whipple

70kg Elizier vs. Liu Lei

75kg Bahram Abdolmaleki vs. Han KaiHu

80kg Alexei Liubchenko vs. Falcao

93kg Sergj vs. Carlos Ulberg

100kg Douglas Abror vs. Andrei Sen


Inaugural Rise of Heroes Fight Card

Rise of Heroes 1

WLF's new event series dubbed "Rise of Heroes" is set to start rolling on September 17 in Chaoyang, China. The events will feature a steady stream of 4-man tournaments at 57kg, 60kg, 68kg and 71kg. The winners of these qualifying tournaments then look to face each other at later events. There will also be superfights on each event starting with WLF regulars like Qiu Jianliang and Israel Adesanya.

Rise of Heroes will broadcast delayed each thursday on Beijing Television in China. We're still waiting to see possible details on internationally available live streaming and will keep you posted.

The following Rise of Heroes event is scheduled for October 29 & 30.

Fight Card

57kg Tournament Semifinals
Wang Junguang (China) vs. Thanapon (Thailand)
Feng Tianhao (China) vs. Elias Mahmoudi (France)

60kg Tournament Semifinals
Kong Long (China) vs. Dmitrii Sirbu (Moldova)
Fenf Liang (China) vs. Sergei Kurilchenko (Russia)

68kg Tournament Semifinals
Lu Jianbo (China) vs. Rungthiwa Kueabram (Thailand)
Bai Lishuai (China) vs. Aissam Chadid (Spain)

71kg Tournament Semifinals
Zhou Tao (China) vs. Luiz Perreira (Portugal)
Li Zikai (China) vs. Talha Tunc (Germany)

Superfight - 63kg
Wei Rui (China) vs. Maksim Petkevich (Belarus) 

Superfight - 88kg
Guo Qiang (China) vs. Mose Afoa (Tonga)

MMA - 70kg
Wang Guan (China) vs. Kamardin Akhmadbekov (Tajikistan)

Superfight- 85kg
Israel Adesanya (New Zealand) vs. Romain Falendry (France)

Superfight - 67kg
Qiu Jianliang (China) vs. Melvin Wassing (Netherlands)

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