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Bushiroad Creates KNOCK OUT, Aiming To Take Over Kickboxing

  • Published in 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.

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KNOCK OUT Delivers Huge With Debut Show

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Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT made a lot of bold claims about reviving Japanese kickboxing and threw together a formidable debut event in KNOCK OUT vol.0 that went down today. Not only did they make claims, but they delivered with a night of exciting fights and really showed the world what Japanese kickboxing is made of. The biggest story is Tenshin Nasukawa knocking out Wanchalong in round one with a crazy spinning back kick.

Seriously, that is amazing. The promotion also announced their second event, KNOCK OUT vol.1 for February 12th, featuring Genji Umeno, Tenshin Nasukawa, Hikari Machida, Takashi Futoshi and more.

KNOCK OUT vol.0

Haruaki Otsuki (R1 - KO) StarBoy KwaythongGym

Eisaku Ogasawara (R3 - KO) Keisaku Miyamoto

Yosuke Morii (R3 - KO) Yodwandee Nitsamui

T-98 (R2 - KO) Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Tenshin Nasukawa (R1 - KO) Wanchalong PK.Saenchaigym

Genji Umeno (R5 - Dec) Sirimongkol PK.Saenchaigym

 

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KNOCK OUT Releases Entire First Show Via YouTube

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After kickboxing promotion KNOCK OUT began to pick up steam after their last event, they are looking to reach a wider audience than simply the Japanese fans that witnessed the event either live or via their YouTube channel later on. The promotion has gone ahead and released the entirety of the event via YouTube and now have created an English language channel for western fans to view the fights in an easier fashion. I know that a lot of you checked it out when they updated their original YouTube, but this is a great effort from the new promotion to reach out to fans outside of Japan.

Genji Umeno vs Sirimongkol PK Saenchaigym

Tenshin Nasukawa vs Wanchalong PK Saenchaigym 

Takuya Imamura vs Youichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima

Yosuke Morii vs Yodwandee Nitisamui

Haruaki Otsuki vs Starboy

Keisuke Miyamoto vs Eisaku Ogasawara

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Updated KNOCK OUT Card For December 5th

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This week Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT announced a change to their vol.0 event on December 5th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The change comes in their 55kg fights with Keisuke Miyamoto now fighting Eisaku Ogasawara. Both men were scheduled for other bouts but will now clash against each other. Here is the updated card.

 

KNOCK OUT vol.0 5.12.2016 

TOKYO DOME CITY HALL   Tokyo Japan

Genji Umeno(36W.7L.3D) vs Sirimongkol PK Saenchaigym 

Tenshin Nasukawa(16W) vs Wanchalong PK Saenchaigym 

Takuya Imamura(31W.13L.4D) vs Youichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima(23W.15L.2D)

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

Haruaki Otsuki(38W.8L) vs Starboy

Keisuke Miyamoto(23W.9L.5D) vs Eisaku Ogasawara(25W.3L)

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Updated Card for KNOCK OUT vol.1 on Feb. 12th

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KNOCK OUT has provided an updated look at their second event, KNOCK OUT vol.1, which takes place on February 12th from the Ota-city General Gym in Japan. The card features now two-time MMA veteran Tenshin Nasukawa who made his MMA debut at RIZIN in the final days of December, scoring a TKO victory only to come back two days later and score a submission victory, making an even bigger name for himself in Japan. He's still without an opponent, but the main event promises to be a big one with Genji Umeno taking on Juan Mario Kaewsamrit.

UPDATE: 1/11

They've added a few more fights to the mix, including Tenshin Nasukawa getting an opponent in Amnat Ruenroeng. It's another former Thai champion for the young Tenshin.

2017.2.12 "KNOCK OUT vol.1" Ota-city General Gymnasium

3×5R 61.5kg 135lb

Genji Umeno(37W,7L,3D) vs juan mario kaewsamrit (88W,40L,4D)

3×5R 67kg 147lb

Kenta(44W,16L,4D) vs Indo Shinya(14W,5L,1D)

3×5R 64kg 141lb

Fukashi(28W,8L,2D) vs Yamaguti Hiroto(20W,9L)

Tenshin Nasukawa(17W) vs Amnat Ruenroeng(67勝34敗15D)

Hikaru Machida(30W,12L,3D) vs DJ.taiki(4W2L)

Hirotoshi Murata(21W8L2D) vs Yosuke Morii(36W7L3D)

Hiroya Haga(16W5L3D) vs Eisaku Ogasawara(23W3L)

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Early Card For KNOCK OUT vol.1 Plus 2017 Schedule

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After what was an exciting inaugural event for the Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT with their vol.0 event, featuring Tenshin Nasukawa's insane spinning back kick knockout and a six-fight event that featured a staggering five knockouts, the promotion is ready to march into 2017 by announcing their next four events. They will be running three events in Ota-City General Gymnasium, which can accommodate for 4,100 spectators, while once again running Tokyo Dome City Hall (formerly JCB Hall) in the summer, which they ran their first event at and can hold about 3,100 fans. 

What they've released of the card thus far is merely a list of names, but the inclusion of Genji Umeno and Tenshin Nasukawa once again should definitely be a crowd pleaser.

KNOCK OUT 2017 event schedule

2017.2.12 "KNOCK OUT vol.1" Ota-city General Gymnasium

2017.4.1 "KNOCK OUT vol.2" Ota-city General Gymnasium

2017 6.17 "KNOCK OUT vol.3" TOKYO DOME CITY HALL

2017.8.20 "KNOCK OUT vol.4" Ota-city General Gymnasium

KNOCK OUT vol.1

Genji Umeno vs TBA

Tenshin Nasukawa vs TBA

Hikaru Machida vs TBA

Taison Maegchi vs TBA

Indo Shinya vs TBA

 

 

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

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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

TOKYO DOME CITY HALL Tokyo Japan

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)

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