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LiverKick 2016 Awards: Prospect of the Year - Tenshin Nasukawa

  • Published in Kickboxing

Part of kickboxing's struggles has been in introducing new talent in the face of the ongoing growth of MMA. MMA pays better, there are more opportunities in it and for a top-level striker the transition to MMA can often feel like an easy one (until they meet the limitations of their grappling abilities). That's why when a new star is born in kickboxing it feels special. That is what happened this past year with Tenshin Nasukawa. At the tail end of the year the 18-year-old dynamo who made a name for himself as an amateur in Japan and through his limited muay thai fights fought in the new Japanese promotion KNOCK OUT.

The show lived up to its name and Tenshin's fight was perhaps the best example of that. He made short work of Wanchalong and it become one of the most-talked-about knockouts of the year. Then he made his MMA debut in December for RIZIN with a dramatic submission escape only to finish off his opponent. He then took the house mic and demanded another fight in two days at the next event, to which the promotion was happy to oblige. In his second MMA fight he won via submission and, really, he's a muay thai fighter/kickboxer who won via submission in his second MMA fight.

There is a lot of Japanese talent right now in kickboxing, but none of them have broken through like Masato was able to, facilitating the creation of K-1 MAX. Is Tenshin that guy? Perhaps. It is also a lot of pressure to put on a young fighter, but there is a lot of potential there and he has the world's attention.

The 2016 LiverKick Awards

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KNOCK OUT vol. 1 Fight Card

  • Published in Muay Thai

KNOCK OUT is back this weekend with another great card they are calling Vol. 1. It will be taking place at the Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday Feb 12th at 5pm (JST)/ 12am(PST)/3am(EST). The show will be live on Sportsnavi. The main event has Genji Umeno up against Juan Mario Kaewsamrit, KNOCK OUT's last card every fight ended in KO except Umeno's so you know hes going to be looking for it this time. Co-main event has rising superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against 17-1 professional boxer Amnat Ruenroeng where we will see if Tenshin can stop Ruenroeng's hands with his kicks.

Full Card

Genji Umeno vs. Juan Mario Kaewsamrit

Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Amnat Ruenroeng

Hikari Machida vs. Daiki “DJ Taiki” Hata

Tosuke Morii vs. Hirotoshi Murata

Kenta vs. Shinya Indo

Eisaku Ogasawara vs. Hiroya Haga

Fukashi vs. HIroto Yamaguchi

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