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The Pressure is on Catalin Morosanu this Weekend in SuperKombat

Saturday at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix in Constanta Catalin Morosanu looks to enter the ring for the third time this year, but only his second time in the ring in his home of Romania. For Catalin Morosanu, he’s proven to be a viable personality in the Romanian mainstream and will always draw eyes for SuperKombat throughout Europe, but this fight is important for him. Morosanu is perhaps best known for his wild, brawling style that he has claimed to be modeled after early Bob Sapp, but that wild, brawling style has gotten him into trouble throughout his career.

It’s hard not to imagine being distracted with the kind of schedule that Catalin Morosanu keeps up. Kickboxing will always be his home, but his work in politics takes up time, including an election this year. To top that off he’s a television personality and even markets his own brand of wine to Romanian fans. He still finds time to fight, though, and while he’s known for his brawling style, it would be crass to say that he’s just a brawler. Morosanu has evolved over the years and proved that with his wins over Stefan Leko, Anderson Silva and Paul Slowinski.

Since 2013 Morosanu has gone 3-3, batting .500 after going on an epic win-streak, which has led to some questioning his commitment to the sport and to growing, but if you look back at those losses they were all incredibly close. The fight with Ben Edwards was one of the more entertaining slugfests of the past few years at Heavyweight, even, with many seeing the fight going either way. The recent loss to Tomas Hron was a minor setback, for sure, but that is why his fight this weekend against Giannis Stoforidis is so important.

The Greek Stoforidis has had an equally interesting 2013 and 2014, with him making a big impression during the SuperKombat Tryouts in Greece, then putting on an amazing show in the SuperKombat New Heroes event in Croatia. When given a chance at a SuperKombat World Grand Prix tournament he made it to the finals in a qualifier, losing a tough fight to another young, rising star in D’Angelo Marshall. With Stofodiris it’s hard to forget that he’s only 25 and his career on the big stage is just beginning.

For Stoforidis, the fight with Morosanu is his biggest to date yet and his chance to make a huge impression on Romanian fans and hand Morosanu his first loss on Romanian soil since he fought Errol Zimmerman in Bucharest in 2010. A win over Morosanu would not only get his young career back on track, but would turn him into a superstar in Romania. Many have looked at Stoforidis as one of SuperKombat’s next big breakout stars, already gaining popularity in his home of Greece, but this would only make it all happen a lot quicker.

For Morosanu a win over Stoforidis would send the fans home happy in Romania, also proving that Morosanu is still focused on being one of the best in the world at kickboxing. Morosanu has always been knocking at the door of being considered one of the best Heavyweights and scoring a win over Stoforidis gets his name back into the discussion and opens up doors for fights with bigger names down the road. 

In my estimation the pressure is on Morosanu for this fight, with him fighting in Romania and being a national hero and all. There are a lot of expectations for him to not only win, but to do so in entertaining fashion. I think that Morosanu might get the job done here, but I don’t envy him right now, that’s for sure. 

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Sharing a Six-Pack with Justin Greskiewicz

8/1/14, Mashantucket Reservation, CT - The night before a fight can be a weird time for a fighter.  Some go into seclusion, turning off their phones and locking themselves in a room.  Some go out to a big dinner with the team or friends and family.  Some just eat, watch movies, visualize and pass out, or try to.  I was lucky enough to catch Justin Greskiewicz, the Purple People Eater, the night before the biggest match-up of his professional Muay Thai career, Malaipet Sasiprapa in the Lion Fight 17 show at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.  

Not wanting to take up too much of his time, especially while he was eating, we shared a quick six questions, and then I let him get back to it:

Okay, the weigh-ins over, the hard work is done, time to eat rest, relax and get ready to have some fun tomorrow... if you have the time it'd be great if you can answer these any way you see fit.

The Arbiter: What makes tomorrow's match-up different or more challenging than previous fight? Do you think it's your toughest?

Justin Greskiewicz: This fight is definitely going to be tough. He keeps talking about how hard he trained and that we're gonna see the old Malaipet again. That will make my victory that much sweeter. This will be one of my toughest fights to date for sure.

T.A.: What are some challenges that you faced in training and teaching/running Stay Fly at the same time?

JG: Training hard for a fight is difficult with my own business to run. I'm pretty much the Lone Ranger running stuff there. Also, I don't really have a coach, but lots of people have helped me out along the way for this fight and so many people have stepped up so I could train hard.

T.A.: How has your training differed from prior fights? Any new wrinkles?

JG: I trained hard for this fight. My last 2 fights I had a tough time finding training, but I still did very well. For this fight, I had the help I needed to get ready to do it.

T.A.: What are the weaknesses in your opponent’s game that you think you can exploit?

JG: Malaipet's biggest weakness has been his conditioning, recently. I think I can exploit that if I really push the pace of the fight. Also, his boxing is not really great, he looks for one big shot at a time, and I'll be looking to take advantage of that.

T.A.: Which part of your game or personality would you say is your most reliable or central to victory tomorrow?

JG: My biggest ally in this fight is my will to win. A win here at Lion Fight would be great for my career, especially against one of the best in the game. I want it bad, and tomorrow I'm gonna take it.

T.A.: And lastly, are there any special combos or techniques we should watch for? Old favorites, new experimental stuff? 

J.G.: I will be looking to mix it up a lot in there tomorrow. You might see a fancy technique or two thrown in, which isn't normally the style that I fight. It should be exciting.

T.A.: Thanks for your time brother, I'll let you get back to your visualizations or Tekken or watching Dolomite, whatever your routine is.

J.G.: Ha-ha! Thanks still stuffing my face…

T.A.: Enjoy, asta manana!

J.G.: Werd up!

T.A.: Thanks again for taking time to answer even a couple if these. Best of health and luck tomorrow, CHOK DEE, BROTHER!!!!

Justin will be fighting Thai Champion Malaipet Sasiprapa tonight as the main event of Lion Fight 17 from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Casino and Resort tonight.  If you can’t be there live you can catch it on AXS TV, starting at 7:00pm.

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Liverkick Throwback: Badr Hari Vs Alexey Ignashov 1

The world of kickboxing has a rich history to fall back upon so we here at LiverKick figure, why not? Why not give a glimpse into some of the fights from the past that have made up this wonderful sport and tie it all in to the present. The kids on the Instagram and Twitter like to call Thursdays "Throwback Thursdays," I'm just going to say that this is a LiverKick Throwback.

Today we are going back to when Badr Hari was a scrawny 18 year old still training with  Thom Harinck, and Alexey Ignashov was a nightmare opponent for any heavyweight fighter. This was a big step up in competition for Badr considering he hadn't really fought any big names yet, he took the fight on only a few days notice and Ignashov had already fought and beat pretty much everyone including Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, and Daniel Ghita. This fight took place on It's Showtime 2003 Amsterdamn in front of Badr's home crowd, and to be honest for an 18 year old fighting a much bigger, more experienced and better opponent he was doing okay, until 2:55 seconds into the 3rd round when Iggy drove a straight right into Hari's sternum which he couldn't recover from. After the fight was called off Ignashov rushes over and helps Badr up, rubs his chest for him and shows him how to get his breath back, Iggy is always such a class act. Badr Hari avenged this loss twice later in his career once in Yokohama, Japan in 2010, and once in Moscow, Russia in 2013, but he was still never able to finish Ignashov even when Iggy was well past his prime.

 

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SuperKombat Dabbles in the Mainstream in Romania

When it comes to combat sports, no matter how popular the promotion, it usually seems like a stretch to ever say that it is mainstream. Mainstream attention is something that sports leagues like the UFC and GLORY are hungry for right now, but finding considerable hurdles in the way of this level of success. What’s interesting to note is that Romanian-based kickboxing promotion, SuperKombat, has achieved that very success in Romania.

It might be difficult to process at times that a kickboxing promotion could be considered mainstream, but Romania’s population of 20 million is very aware of SuperKombat and its stars. To many of us here in America we might look at fighters like Catalin Morosanu, Alexandru Lungu, Andrei and Bogdan Stoica and appreciate them on their own levels, but when it comes to Romania, these guys are huge stars. 

Catalin Morosanu has seen success in his kickboxing career, making a name for himself throughout Europe and Asia with K-1, but Morosanu has also made himself into a media star and politician. In 2010 Catalin Morosanu took part in Romania’s Dancing with the Stars, moving all the way to the finals where he and his partner won the entire show, Morosanu donating his winnings to a widow. From there he was able to leverage his popularity to serving as a councilor in Iasi County, with him up for an elected spot in the European Parliament later this year. Morosanu even has his own brand of wine. 

Alexandru Lungu is a guy that hardcore sports fans might look at and be confused by, equating him more to a Bob Sapp-like spectacle, but Lungu was at one time a competitive Judoka, earning third place in the Openweight division in the European Championships in 1999, earning him a spot in the hearts of the proud Romanian fans. Since then he has competed in Mixed Martial Arts in PRIDE, Cage Rage and K-1, as well as taking up kickboxing in SuperKombat. Spectacle he may be at times, but Lungu is a national hero for his achievements in Judo and when he steps into the ring, fans take notice. 

With the Stoica brothers there are similar tales, with Andrei, the older of the two, competing for Romania in the sport of Wushu, winning three national championships before winning a vaunted European championship in Sanshou in 2008. It was after that where he switched to kickboxing where both Andrei and Bogdan have had their careers fostered under the SuperKombat banner. 

Of course it doesn’t stop there, with SuperKombat nurturing more careers of Romanian fighters, such as Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ionut Atodiresei and Ionut Iftimoaie as well. SuperKombat shows have drawn tens of thousands of fans to events that are watched by millions in Romania as well as the rest of Europe and even America. If you wanted to look at a promotion that has done a good job of being a regional promotion, you should look no further than SuperKobmat, who has done an admirable job of breaking through that elusive “mainstream” barrier and who hold the largest television coverage for the sport in all of Europe.

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