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King in the Ring 8-man Cruiserweight Tournament

In just 2 days King in the Ring will be holding an 86kgs 8 man tournament in Aucklands ASB Stadium Kohimarama. This event will be streamed live HERE AT THIS LINK for $19.95.

Israel "Stylebender" Adesanya will be defending his place as the king in the ring after winning the tournament last year. Adesanya is fresh off his Super 8 boxing tournament win 2 weeks ago, so I'm sure confidence is high, not that he has ever had a problem with that anyway. 

The tournament consists of 4 Australian fighters and 4 New Zealanders plus 4 super fights. I am always interested in 8 man tournaments, they have always been some of the most exciting events for me, plus I always take the chance to watch The Stylebender fight live if possible.

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King in the Ring Trans-Tasman 8 Man Tournament

Team New Zealand

Pati Afoa [ETK, Auckland]

Israel Adesanya [CKB, Auckland]

Zak Fatamaka [GRizzly Thai Boxing, Auckland]

Zane Hopman [Fortitude Thai Boxing]

Team Australia

Simon Maait [Bulldog Gym, Castle Hill]

Mark Timms [Bulldog Gym, Manly]

Kurt Pegoraro [Corporate Boxing Gym, Brisbane]

Kim Loudon [Extreme Muay Thai, Sydney]

Superfights

MiddleweightMike “Blood” Diamond [City Kickboxing] - “Dirty” Sanchez [Full Force Gym]

LightweightSone ‘Arch Angel’ Vannathy [Arch Angel Muay Thai] - Pumipi ‘Caezar’ Ngaronoa [Dannevirke Bulldogs]

Heavyweight - Pane ‘The Punisher’ Haraki [Hastings Fitness Centre] - Nato ‘Hard Knox’ Laauli [ETK]

Middleweight - Chris ‘Cobra’ Eades [ETK North Shore] - Jordan ‘Sniper’ Syme [Grizzly Thai Boxing]

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Fight Night Hungary II. - SIMPLY THE BEST 3 Results

The night of 32 March 2015 found a full house at club Barba Negra when Fight Night Hungary II. - SIMPLY THE BEST 3 came around. Fans have seen once again an exciting show with the first part being Muay Thai and the second Kickboxing bouts. On top of the great matchups and exciting fights the fate of some championship belts were also decided. As WKN World President Stephane Cabrera said "György Rehák and his promotional team have really produced the top level of the WKN International standards in all aspects."

When Norbert Spéth, multiple time IFMA muay thai Hungarian Champion, IFMA muay thai Europan Champion stepped into the ring against Attila Erdős WAKO K-1 Hungarian Champion it was clear there's going to be a battle. Spéth seemed to be getting the better of the exchanges and taking over when in the second round the two engaged in a clinch and Spéth has thrown Erdős. An unfortunate thing but we've seen it many times in combat sports Erdős got injured from the fall and couldn't continue. Norbert Spéth has taken another trophy - the Muay Thai Hungarian Championship belt for the 63.5kg category!

Barna Szűcs /right/ attacking with a knee strike

The next title fight was in the 81kg category between István "Fishbone" Horváth and Norbert Szentkuti. Coming back from an injury Horváth started training early this year and might very well looked better than ever when he knocked Szentkuti out in the third. Next up was Bia Balajti - whom we've written about regarding Hurricane Fight 2014 and the first edition of Fight Night Hungary - vs Rebeka Szendrei a WAKO & WKF K-1 world cup winner. Balajti was noticeably using her hands more and as we found out post fight she injured her right ankle which barely healed up for the fight. She still managed to dominate all three rounds and even caught Szendrei with a body shot in the 3rd that sent her down. She managed to get up but the bell has ended the round and the bout. Bianka won on all three scorecards and got the WKN K-1 Hungarian Championship belt home via an UD.

Next up was ReGym's very own Barna Szűcs in a clash for the 75kg WKN K-1 European Championship against Tomas "Bery" Beran (Czech Republic). Although it started a bit slow Szűcs managed to knock Beran down a few times during the fight. It was all out war until a knee to the head of Beran landed in the 4th. Szűcs won via KO and took the WKN belt! 

Gilányi /right/ with the WKN belt

Attila Gilányi met Ádám Bors for the second time at Fight Night Hungary in the 91kg division. The two heavyweights have been paired up for the WKN K-1 Hungarian Championship this time. In the rematch Gilányi has managed to seal the deal even faster and in a more decisive way than upon their first outing when he landed a thunderous knockout punch in the 1st round.

After another great night of fights and a tv deal with National TV channel SPORT 1 which let fans capture the event promoter György Rehák (one of the top muay thai trainers in Hungary) has every reason to be positive regarding the event's future. Some promotions already started to get a foothold on national sport channels and coverage in general just seems to be increasing in Hungary. A window of opportunity seems to be opening up for bigger and better things. Fight Night Hungary has everything to become something big on the local or even the regional scene with the tools available to them and the support of WKN as well. As WKN World President Stephane Cabrera said he seen some real, new talent, a big potential, excellent fighters and he wants to give all his energy and power to help them develop. Fight fans might expect a bright future for kickboxing and muay thai in Hungary and we have do have some reasons to look ahead and be optimistic.

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Sergei Laschenko Murdered in Ukraine

K-1, SuperKombat and It's Showtime veteran Sergei Laschenko was pronounced dead on April 8th at the Odessa Jewish Hospital in the Ukraine after being shot multiple times, one of the shots hitting his carotid artery. Laschenko is survived by his wife and 18-month old child.

Sergei Laschenko was a very popular Heavyweight kickboxer who trained under some of the best in the world, including Thom Harinck and Mike Passenier. For a period of time Laschenko was without a doubt one of the top ten Heavyweights in the world, which at the time of having such legendary names as Schilt, Aerts, Le Banner, Hari, Ghita and others active it was truly an important accomplishment. In 2011 he won the SuperKombat World Grand Prix and in 2014 he won the KOK World Grand Prix.

There were ups and downs in his career, but Laschenko was truly one of the more memorable Heavyweight stars over the past ten years and his loss will be felt across the kickboxing community.

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GLORY 20 Ratings Falter But Show Signs of Hope

In this modern age of the internet where live events are happening all around the world and being reported on in real-time it is often difficult to present an event on tape delay while retaining the excitement of a live sporting event. The magic of live sports is hard to recapture and many fight fans feel the same way when it comes to watching combat sports events on tape delay. Hell, Ariel Helwani on this week's episode of the MMA Hour even said that he didn't bother to watch because he doesn't like tape delay. 

So that's the kind of mindset that GLORY 20 had working against it. That being said, there was some good to take with the bad on the ratings for the event considering it being on an hour later than usual, airing via tape delay and losing the big draw of Pat Barry just a few weeks prior. According to Sports TV Ratings GLORY 20 averaged 359,000 viewers, which is down from GLORY 19's 528,000 considerably. While lower than usual, it was not the lowest ratings that GLORY have seen yet and actually beat out ESPN2's Friday Night Fights handily. 

The good to take away from this is that from what we've seen 350,000 viewers for GLORY on Spike seems to be the baseline, which for a sport that is relatively new to a major market like this is not a bad number at all. In the future, though, I would like to see GLORY veer away from these kinds of events that will end up on tape delay unless Spike TV is willing to air it live as well. While it's nice to claim to be a global promotion if the cost is running a show that didn't particularly draw much attention in the area and hurt ratings I don't think that it's worth the risk moving forward. 

While I'm sure that there were good reasons to run in Dubai (working with a local promoter, possible investment opportunities, etc.), it turned out to be a bit of a bust and if GLORY is truly dedicated to success in the United States market then they need to veer away from these prestige events in major international hubs unless they know that it will be a grand slam. 

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