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Albert Kraus Joining GLORY World Series

  • Published in Kickboxing

KRausIt looks like the latest addition to the GLORY World Series is former K-1 MAX veteran Albert Kraus. The 31 year old Kraus brings a new layer of prestige and legitimacy to the GLORY World Series, with Kraus as a former K-1 World MAX Champion from 2002 as well as a finalist in 2003. Kraus also won the SuperKombat Middleweight Championship in 2011. This move does come as somewhat of a surprise after Kraus being one of the few European fighters to compete in K-1's MAX shows in 2011.

But inside of the Kickboxing world loyalty comes with a price tag, and with the GLORY World Series having a solid prize as well as a lesser field outside of Giorgio Petrosyan, for a fighter like Kraus a trip to the Final 4 seems to be in order. He is looking for his first fight under the GLORY banner to be later on this year, and looks to move into boxing as well.

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Nicky Hemmers On Dynasty and Pressures

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Nicky Hemmers

In Shakespeare's Henry IV part II, the king muses, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." In saying this, the king is referencing how he himself or any other person who is a leader can be consumed with worries due to a sometimes overwhelming amount of responsibility and tough decisions. A crown, however, is not always tangible, it can be analogous to something such as one's surname. One's name in this life can come with certain expectations for achievement.

Within the kickboxing community, the name Hemmers rings loudly and proudly as one of the most prestigious families to be associated with the sport. Beginning with the patriarch, Cor Hemmers, this legacy for greatness in the sport has been passed down now to his son Nick, who is now creating a legacy of his own .

Beginning his own training at age eleven, Nicky has lived on both sides of the combat sports coin as both as fighter and a trainer. Having fought professionally from age 16 until 2 years ago, now he has now found his niche as a trainer in Breda at Hemmers Gym where he helps to shape and mold the careers of many of the best and brightest of today's kickboxing community. If you want to know who, think Errol Zimmerman, Jamal Ben Saddik, Filip Verlinden, Robin van Roosmalen, Marc de Bonte and countless others who are making their way up the ranks in Glory and other organizations.

Coming from such a prestigious and well known family one would think the pressure to perform and/or make a mark in this world would be immense, and perhaps it is, but Nicky plays his role with style, grace as well as with a touch of humor. In our talk prior to Glory 16 in Denver, he touched upon that very issue, stating that he does feel pressure to perform but also, that he feels he has a down to earth style that allows him to not only explore innovative ways of training fighters but also to seek and accept constructive criticism about performance. He names his father as a key figure and stated that he frequently asks for feedback on his performance.

With a maturity that exceeds his actual years of experience, Nicky also seems to have developed rather keen insight on the multi-dimensional role he plays in the life of a fighter. Having been there himself, Nicky is not afraid to counsel his trainees on the importance of having a back up plan to sustain them once their days in the ring have come to an end. Nicky also expresses a clear understanding of his role in letting a fighter know when enough is enough, stating, "Sure, he can do what he wants, just not under my name."

With many impressive wins at Glory 14, 15 and 16, 2014 promises to be a very big year for Nicky and his team. Admittedly, he has faced adversity and change during the last 18 months but still he smiles, remarking that it has been these changes that continue to help him to grow and make him a better person. As Glory 17 approaches, we can only wish him the best of luck as he and the men from Hemmers Gym continue to make their mark in this often unpredictable world of combat sports.

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Golden Glory Hints at a K-1 Return

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In the crass world of international Kickboxing, the language barrier is an important one and can sometimes be a deciding factor between amazing news and just good news. I'm giving this preamble as a precautionary measure for people who are excitable or might even be a bit lackluster in English.

Earlier today Golden Glory put out a video hyping the return of the "K-1 Final 2012." In a lot of cases when it comes to promoters, they will use the K-1 name to promote their own Kickboxing product as K-1 is a recognizable name. Glory has always used the K-1 name to promote their Kickboxing fights on their cards, so with a recent announcement on their part of three huge kickboxing tournaments, realistically you could make the assumption that is what they are talking about. What doesn't add up is the fact that they say there will be more news later, when they have already announced their tournaments.

This comes after heavy talk of Golden Glory and TSA looking to partner up to purchase the K-1 brand or at least to work with the K-1 brand as an official promoter of the K-1 name, working with Kazuyoshii Ishii. It is a bold statement to say "K-1 is coming back" in this day and age. LiverKick has reached out to a few different sources to see how the negotiations are going, so expect more as it is available.

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Saki on Badr Hari: "Sometimes He Makes a Mistake Because he Fights Too Aggressive."

The showdown between Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki is just two days away now, with things reaching a critical mass for both fighters. At this point both men are done training and are simply wading through the final preparations before the big fight. In an interesting interview with Fighters Only, Gokhan Saki interrupted his training earlier in the week to discuss the upcoming bout with Badr Hari as well as a bunch of other issues. One of the big topics was K-1, and he says that he knows "many things" about K-1, but that he can't talk about them right now. This goes along with a lot of the rumblings we've been hearing behind the scenes.

When asked about MMA and if he is interested, his answer is simply, "Yes, of course, I'm a fighter, you know?" Saki mentioned maybe MMA, maybe Boxing, that he has been training in both, but that his "thing is K-1" and that is his main focus for right now. [source]

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Glory TV Documentary on Glory World Series Coming Soon

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If you are like us, you watched and enjoyed the Glory World Series event fromt his past weekend. Glory have been going out of their way to make their events as big of a deal as they can, which includes some awesome documentaries. If you for some reason missed the event, you can purchase a replay for $5. On June 4th Glory TV will be launching a documentary series on the huge event, and for now you can watch this video and get hyped up.

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