LiverKick

Switch to desktop Register Login

LiverKick - LiverKick

The Not-So-Amateur System of Kickboxing

Steven

I will never forget it. There was a ton of buzz on all the fight forums in preparation for the World Muay Thai Council and the International Federation of MuayThai Amateur, putting together a major event in Thailand. It was, and I believe still is, the largest collection of organized amateur muay thai fights in the world. I remember how many people were talking about the event, and how it was so big, people started to imagine the idea of Muay Thai being an Olympic sport in the near future. After all, red and blue head gear, body and shin guards, it really did look the part. Then, while exploring the forums one day I came across popular muay thai forum contributor Hellfighter, who posted an interesting picture. It was a picture of him and Artur Kyshenko. I thought it was pretty cool, until I read the comment that accompanied the post. It said that the picture was taken right after Artur Kyshenko won his fight. So naturally, the first thing that ran through me head was. What on Earth is the 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix Semi-finalist doing in an Amateur kickboxing event?

In a way, I almost thought of it as a bully move...until I realized it was the norm. All of a sudden, well known MuayThai fighters started posting pictures from their fights and uploading video from the event. It turns out, that the professional fighters were not the exception, they were the norm. Outside of the female fighters. The majority of the men had fought professional before, and a decent amount of the women had too. After reading that now 27-1 boxer, but then K-1 veteran Alexander Ustinov had won the heavyweight amateur title in 2006, that Shane Campbell, Andrei Kulebin, Dmitry Valent, Emil Zoraj, and many others all competed at the amateur games throughout the years, I heightened my stance. I saw them as taking spots a true amateur could have. Its not just that these men are pro's fighting amateur, but also that these men are World Champions fighting amateur. And here is the strangest thing about it. Despite having my disagreements, in muay thai and kickboxing there is nothing wrong with it.

Read more...

Final Card for SUPERKOMBAT WGP in Botsani

SK

SUPERKOMBAT marches forward their 2013 WGP season this weekend with their SUPERKOMBAT WGP event in Botsani, Romania. The event sees a lot of SUPERKOMBAT staples by the way of Benjamin Adegbuyi, Ionut Atodiresei and Andrei Stoica, while also running another elimination tournament, with the winner moving on to the next round. The tournament bouts are Gaetan Sautron vs. Dangelo Marshall and Leroy Johnson vs. Giannis Stofordis.

The event will be broadcast in over 70 countries through Eurosport International and Eurosport Asia-Pacific. If you live in the greater New York area you'll be able to catch it on Fight Now TV, or you can get a stream via http://www.epicentre.tv for $9.99.

  • Superkombat World Grand Prix
  • 28th September 2013
  • Polivalent Hall, Botosani, Romania
  • Tournament Final
  • Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2
  • +96 kg: Reamon Welboren (Netherlands) vs. Benjamin Adegbuyi (Romania)
  • -65 kg: Calogero Palmieri (Italy) vs. Ionuţ Atodiresei (Romania)
  • -95 kg: Dzenan Poturak (Bosnia&Herzegovina) vs. Andrei Stoica (Romania)
  • -95 kg: Vinchenzo Calvin (Netherlands) vs. Dănuţ Hurduc (Romania)
  • Tournament Semifinals
  • +96 kg: Gaetan Sautron (France) vs. Dangelo Marshall (Suriname)
  • +96kg: Leroy Johnson (USA) vs. Giannis Stoforidis (Greece)
  • -91 kg: Romy da Silva (Brazil) vs. Cristian Ristea (Romania)

Read more...

Time to Give Back: Help UK Fighter Kevin Harper Out

Harper and Vinny
Kevin Harper (top right) with Vinny Shoreman

So the whole Kickboxing and Muay Thai community around the world is a bit fractured and strange sometimes, but there are always good reasons to come together and bond and right now seems like one of those moments. I was talking earlier with a guy that most of you know pretty well, Vinny Shoreman, formerly the color commentator on It's Showtime and has also done work with K-1, Yokkao, LEGEND, Enfusion and more. Vinny is a guy that has been around the UK Kickboxing and Muay Thai scene and become an important figure and he's looking to do something good for the community, something which I completely support.

You might know the name of Kevin Harper, you might not, it depends on how much you've paid attention to the Kickboxing and Muay Thai scene out there. Harper has been doing some tremendous work over in the UK as a fighter, trainer and promoter, but things haven't been smooth sailing for Harper. Harper and his son, Oliver, have just gone through what has to be one of the worst nightmares imaginable, as Kevin's wife has lost her long battle to cancer. This leaves Kevin in an awful spot and Oliver without a mother, something that no child should have to endure.

Kevin is going through a lot right now and the next few years are not going to be an easier for him, so it's time for the community to give back. It doesn't matter where you are from, which style of fighting you prefer or who your favorite fighter is in this case, this is just someone from our community who is going through one of the most difficult times in his life. Vinny is going to be taking collections to help Kevin out, maybe even send him and his son on a vacation to try to get their minds off of this. So please consider giving back, even if it is just a little bit. You can reach Vinny at; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tyrone Spong has already offered up his gloves from his upcoming bout with Nathan Corbett to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to Kevin.

Thanks.

Read more...

SUPERKOMBAT Teams with Festival dell'Oriente

SK

So SUPERKOMBAT's Eduard Irimia has decided to pay some homage to the world of traditional martial arts with this year's Festival dell'Oriente in Italy. Think of this festival as, well, a huge martial arts festival that will have over 5,000 martial artists from 113 countries competing for a world championship. How SUPERKOMBAT fits in is that on the third day of the festival they will host SUPERKOMBAT New Heroes: Asia vs. the Rest of the World.

The entire Festival dell'Oriente event is based around amateur competition and SUPERKOMBAT is looking to establish itself not only as a professional sports league, but one that is in tune with culture, martial arts and history. SUPERKOMBAT's New Heroes event will also be the only professional sporting event held at the Festival dell'Oriente and will be broadcast to all of SUPERKOMBAT's media partners around the world.

It's an interesting concept and it's cool to see SUPERKOMBAT being involved with something that is connected with the roots of the sport like that.

Read more...

Copyright 2010 - 2014 LiverKick.com. All Rights Reserved.

Top Desktop version