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Krush 70 Results

Krush 70 took place last night at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The main event rematch really lived up to the hype as Daike Watabe and Hitoshi Tsukakoshi went to war dropping each other all through the fight, which really should have been a draw and gone an extra round.

Full Results

-53kg : Reiji Kasami def Kento Russel 3R KO (Punches, 3 knockdowns)

-58kg : Hiroki Kokubo def Naoki Yamamoto DEC (Unanimous, 29-28,29-27,29-27)

-63kg : Kazuhiro vs Kento Motomura DRAW (30-28,29-30,29-29)

-55kg : Haruma Saikyo def Shota Oiwa 1R KO (Punches)

-53kg : Ryusei def Taisuke Degai DEC (Unanimous, 30-29,29-29,30-29)

-60kg : Takeshi Watanabe def Hitoshi Aketo DEC (Extra Round, 10-9,9-10,10-9)

-60kg : Tenma Sano def Yuki Matsuno DEC (Unanimous, 30-26,30-26,28-27)

-60kg : Asahisa Taio def Fumiya Osawa DEC (Majority, 30-29,29-29,30-29)

-60kg : Hayato def Kotaro Shinmano DEC (Unanimous, 29-28,29-27,30-27)

-65kg Jun Nakazawa def Star Son 3R KO (Punches)

-63kg Championship Daizo Sasaki def Hiroto Iwasaki (Unanimous 30-28,30-27,30-26) 

-67kg Championship Hitoshi Tsukakoshi def Daiki Watabe (Majority 28-27,27-27,28-26)



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.


Victory World Series and Bellator Florence Fight Cards

The news out of Italy brings good tidings for the upcoming Bellator Kickboxing Florence event, which will feature a Victory World Series event as well. Promised fights for the Victory World Series event are two title fights; one at 70kg with Armen Petrosyan and one at 72.5kg with Musapha Haida.

For the Bellator portion of the card we have Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Jordan Watson, the Bellator 56.6kg World Title between Gloria Peritore and Denise Kielholtz, Joe Schilling returning to action against Iermano Vittorio, Kevin Ross against Allessio Arduni and Karim Ghajii against an still-unnamed opponent.

UPDATE: Bellator officials have informed us that Karim Ghajii will be fighting Luca Novello.

Victory World Series 

ISKA World Championship: - 70kg with Armen Petrosyan (ITA)

World Championship ISKA: -72,5kg with Musta Haida (ITA)

Bellator Kickboxing hours

Giorgio Petrosyan (ITA) vs Jordan Watson (GB)

Bellator World Title -56,6kg: Gloria Peritore (ITA) vs Denise Kielholz (NL)

Joe Schilling (USA) vs Iermano Vittorio (ITA)

Kevin Ross (USA) vs Alessio Arduini (ITA)

Karim Ghajii vs. Luca Novello (ITA)


Glory 35 Heavyweight Tournament

The Glory 35 card in Nice, France has been finalized by adding the second bracket to the heavyweight tournament. The tournament is the same as their previous heavyweight tournament in Denver at Glory 24 with the exception of Ben Edwards being replaced by Hesdy Gerges.

The first half of the tournament will be a rematch between Benjamin Adegbuyi and Hesdy Gerges. These two met at Glory 18: Oklahoma with Adegbuyi winning the decision, now Gerges is out for revenge. If Gerges can get past Benny then he has a chance to possibly fight Jahfarr Wilnis and avenge another loss so this is a big opportunity for Hesdy.

The second half of the tournament has Jahfarr Wilnis against Mladen Brestovac both the fighters that Adegbuyi defeated to win the first tournament. Wilnis has been so close to a fight with heavyweight champ Rico Verhoeven for a while now especially after winning the Kunlun Tournament but it keeps just slipping through his fingers, winning this tournament is exactly what he needs guarantee that fight. Brestovac already fought Rico this year and lost a decision but his style made Rico look mediocre so I’m sure he’d love one more try.

Glory 35: Nice, France Main Card

Lightweight World Title Headline Bout: Sittichai (c) vs. Marat Grigorian

Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Light Heavyweight Co-Headline Bout: Zinedine Hameur-Lain vs. Pavel Zhuravlev

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Benjamin Adegbuyi vs. Hesdy Gerges

Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Jahfarr Wilnis vs. Mladen Brestovac

Glory 35: Nice, France Super Fight Series

Light Heavyweight Title Unification Bout: Artem Vakhitov (c) vs. Zack Mwekassa (ic)

Welterweight Bout: Karim Benmansour vs. Eyevan Danenberg

Heavyweight Bout: Nicholas Wamba vs. Nordine Mahieddine

Super Bantamweight Bout: Amel Dehby vs. Ji-Waen Lee

Lightweight Bout: Josh Jauncey vs. Dylan Salvador


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