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Yohan Lidon Edges Steve Moxon in Australia

The first A1 World Combat Cup event of the year took place on Friday in Melbourne, Australia, and atop the card was an A1 middleweight title fight between Yohan Lidon and Steve Moxon.

Moxon fights Jordan Watson at 70kg at GLORY 5 London on March 23, but this fight was against the much bigger Lidon at 73kg. The fight went the full five round distance and Lidon won a split decision in what has been described as a close fight.

Lidon rebounds from a loss in another close fight to Karim Ghajji on February 2. Next for him is a rematch against Yodsanklai Fairtex on March 2 in France. Moxon had his four fight winning streak snapped, and as aforementioned, steps into the ring again on March 23 at GLORY 5 London against Jordan Watson.

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Yoshihiro Sato Wins at Shootboxing 2013 Act. 1

The first Shootboxing event of the year kicked off last night in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall. The show featured a variety of good fights with a few of the normal Shootboxing faces, headlined by a match between Yoshihiro Sato and the 2012 S-Cup runner-up, Henri Van Opstal. 

In the main event event Sato emerged victorious, defeating Van Opstal by decision with scores of 30-29, 30-29, and 29-29. It was a desperately needed win for Sato, who had already dropped his last three fights to Shemsi Beqiri, Sanny Dahlbeck, and Kenta, respectively. A win over Van Opstal puts him back into the ranks of contender. However, as close as the scores were we may need to hold out until a video surfaces before we claim that the Infinity Sniper is back in full form.

In the other big fight on the card Warren Stevelmans beat Bovy Sor Udomson by decision with scores of 29-29, 29-28, and 30-28. This will be Stevelmans' third consecutive victory, coming off wins over Dzhabar Askerov and Hinata. Stevelmans is set to face Johann Fauveau at GLORY 5 London. 

Also on the card, Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen won his first Shootboxing match against Kenji Kanai, after being defeated in his debut by Hiroaki Suzuki. It's good to see Hansen taking Shootboxing seriously, and hopefully we'll see him in more events in the future. 

Full Results

Yoshihiro Sato def. Henri Van Opstal by Decision 

Warrens Stevelmans def. Bovy Sor Udomson by Decision

Akifumi Utigawa def. Kazuki Tamakawa by Decision

Imrock def. Masahiro Fujimoto by Decision 

Joachim Hansen def. Kenji Kanai by Decision 

Hinata def. Masatoshi Hyakutake by Decision 

Kizaemon Saiga def. Masato Sannai by Decision 

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Tatneft Cup 2013 Continues on Saturday

The Tatneft Cup continues this Saturday, February 13 with the final qualification fights, with the winners joining previous Tatneft Cup 2013 winners in the quarter finals. As usual, two fights will take place at each Tatneft weight category, 70kg, 80kg and heavyweight respectively.

At 70kg is Tatneft veteran Enriko Gogokhia, who won the Tatneft Cup tournament in 2012. Gogokhia fights Bruno Gazani, who qualified by winning three fights in one night at the Tatneft Cup Brazil. The other 70kg fight sees Maxim Smirnov, who lost to Gogokhia in the Tatneft finals last year, against Belgium's Rachid Boumalek.

At 80kg, last year's Tatneft Cup finalist Hicham El Gaoui is back against Brazil's Anderson Arcanjo, who also qualified by winning the Tatneft Cup Brazil tournament. The other 80kg fight sees Ukraine's Sergei Papusha fight Belarus' Peter Romankevich.

At heavyweight, the final Tatneft Cup Brazil qualifier Vitor Miranda will fight last year's Tatneft heavyweight winner, Tsotne Rogava. Closing out the card, the final heavyweight bout sees Jan Siersema fight Hakim Abdi.

70kg: Enriko Gogokhia vs. Bruno Gazani

70kg: Maxim SMirnov vs. Rachid Boumalek

80kg: Hicham El Gaoui vs. Anderson Arcanjo

80kg: Sergei Papusha vs. Peter Romankevich

HW: Vitor Miranda vs. Tsotne Rogava

HW: Jan Siersema vs. Hakim Abdi

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Karate Flashback #2: Gary O'Neill vs. Piotr Sawicki

There were a lot of famous K-1 and GLORY stars I could have featured in the second installment of this series. I considered Francisco Filho, Andy Hug, Semmy Schilt, and Ewerton Texeira, but eventually I decided on two names that most kickboxing fans probably won't recognize: Gary O'Neill and Piotr Sawicki. 

Before joining Kyokushin, Gary O'Neill was a skinny kid from Australia that went on to become one of the most famous Aussie karatekas of all time. He was reknowned for his spinning kicks, speed, and timing. In the last article, I introduced the Japanese Kyokushin icon, Hajime Kazumi. While most combat sports stars become famous for defeating big names, Gary O'Neill found his place in history for losing to one. Two years in a row O'Neill battled his way to the finals of the All Japan Championships, and both times he lost Kazumi. Despite failing to capture a major title, O'Neill's exciting's fights made him a sensation with fans worldwide. 

From Poland, Piotr Sawicki was just as thrilling as O'Neill. While not as technically gifted, Sawicki had an iron body and was able to withstand serious punishment. Sawicki is the only non-Japanese fighter to win the Tokyo World Cup (1997) and captured a slew of championships across Europe as well. 

The two met in the first round of the 1998 All Japan Championships and put on a fantastic technical performance. While neither O'Neill or Sawicki went on to have an extensive kickboxing career, they were both without a doubt two of the most dynamic strikers of the 90's. 

 

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