|Heavyweight (Per 10/13)|
|1.||Semmy Schilt (?)|
|7.||Mirko Cro Cop|
|Light HW (per 10/13)|
|Middleweight (per 11/25)|
|Welterweight (per 10/13)|
|70kg (Per 11/25)|
|2.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 10/6)|
The world of Muay Thai in the United States is a bit of an odd one at times, as there is some fragmentation. For a while now there have been regions where Muay Thai is incredibly hot and there are local promoters doing great things. Los Angeles and the Bay Area have been there, as is Las Vegas and especially in the past few years, New York. New York has best been known for Friday Night Fights, the long-running Muay Thai promotion run by the Church Street Boxing gym.
We've seen a new promotion rise up recently and begin to do big, awesome things, and that is TaKe On Productions. TKO Productions has been running since 2009 and has been picking up steam ever since. TaKe On has a big Muay Thai show coming up on October 22nd at Bally's Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City. TKO Productions has had eleven big sell out shows in a row before striking out to Atlantic City, working now with MSG Sports (Madison Square Garden). This event will also be streamed live on GFL.tv, and unlike a lot of other promotions who have gone that route, the card will be $9.95, as opposed to upwards of $25, which is a smart price point for an event like this. I'm looking forward to TaKe On Productions doing bigger and better things in the future.
Full press release with details on the event after the break.
Don't forget to check out their website for details on the card and more news.
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Though Krush has yet to put together any title fights after the conclusion of their four tournaments, they have kept their champions busy. Earlier today, Krush announced that their next event, Krush.13, will take place on November 12th and will feature two of their champions in super fights against European fighters.
First, 60kg champion Hirotaka Urabe will fight in his third super fight since winning the 60kg tournament, this time against Mike's Gym's Maik Redan. Redan is just 17 years old and trains with the likes of Artur Kyshenko, Badr Hari and Melvin Manhoef. Urabe has won back to back super fights in Krush against Chinese fighters and is currently on a 5-fight win streak.
Krush also announced that their 55kg champion, Shota Takiya, will take on UK Muay Thai fighter Damien Trainor. Trainor has won various UK and European Muay Thai titles throughout his career. Takiya is currently on a 6-fight win streak and since his tournament win, took a win over KO-ICHI by first round stoppage.
Krush also announced that they wanted to do a 3rd Japan vs Europe fight for the event, but haven't confirmed a fighter for either slot.Add a comment
As you may or may not know by now, Gokhan Saki has stated that after his January 28 fight with Badr Hari, he'll head to boxing. While Saki didn't confirm if he would be done kickboxing for good, the thought of Gokhan Saki giving boxing a go is an interesting avenue. He revealed the news in an interview with fighthype.com and subsequently fired shots at some of boxing's best in the heavyweight division. Among many of the things he had to say, here is one quote that I examine in a different light:
"Heavyweight boxing nowadays is very pitiful. The Klitschko brothers are very smart guys and very professional athletes. Nevertheless, both of them I will fight and they won't make the 12th round."
Now, upon reading this quote, it's apparent that Saki wants to go straight forward into the heavyweight division. He's fought his entire career in kickboxing as an undersized heavyweight because the pinnacle of the sport, K-1, only has the open weight heavyweight division. Other divisions like -95kg and -85kg just don't have the money behind them like the K-1 World Grand Prix does (or technically did) at one point. In boxing, Saki would have an opportunity to fight in the cruiserweight division, in which the weight limit is 200 lbs, yet he seems to want to fight at heavyweight. It's not a surprising choice, as heavyweight just has that significant air about it and cruiserweight is one of the least popular weight divisions.
At cruiserweight though, Saki would actually not be at a size disadvantage for once. This would probably benefit him in the power department as well. Though he would have a speed advantage over heavyweights, the size difference is just a literally huge thing to overcome. Also like the heavyweight division, cruiserweight is quite shallow.
Cruiserweight is not the dead division that some like to point out also. While it is one of the least popular divisions, Germany has taken the cruiserweights as their own. A few notable cruiserweights are based out of Germany: Marco Huck, Enad Licina and Yoan Pablo Hernandez. Marco Huck always draws great crowds with good television ratings while Yoan Pablo Hernandez fought just this past weekend against Steve Cunningham, another top cruiserweight and there was a great crowd on hand. Mind you that the fight was on a card with other stars of German boxing, something that can be capitalized on for the division. Most of the top cruiserweight fights take place in Germany and with a large Turkish population, its not out of the question that Saki could develop a following in Deutschland. He could even possibly fight in Turkey, where
Now this is all just hypothetical talk. As far as Saki's chances of making it big in boxing, the odds are stacked against him, much like they are with Badr Hari. Going from kickboxing to boxing is completely changing in ring factors such as footwork and distance with the absence of kicks and knees. These aren't just things that will be adjusted quickly either. There's so many variables between the two sports; more than you would think. One can't just stop throwing kicks and knees and expect to be able to just fight with hands. Modern kickboxing, the Dutch style especially, emphasizes less movement which is really an essential factor of boxing. It's normal in Dutch kickboxing for fighters to stand in front of one another and just take turns trading shots. Stuff like that just doesn't work a technical boxer.
It's going to be a long road for guys like Badr Hari and Gokhan Saki to be at the top of boxing; a road that seems improbable. We'll never know until it happens though. Who would've expected that Matt Skelton, not even a top guy in K-1 would go on to have quite a respectable boxing career, winning the British and European heavyweight titles at one point, even challenging for a world title once at such an old age for a fighter? Nothing is impossible and we at Liverkick.com wish Gokhan Saki the best in his move to boxing.Add a comment
There have been a lot of rumors about Gokhan Saki lately, with the biggest one that he was looking to move into another sport. At first it was MMA, as Saki had talked about moving into the MMA world and singled out Melvin Manhoef as a possible opponent, jesting that he'd armbar Manhoef, whose kryptonite has been the armbar throughout his MMA career. That talk quickly died down, though, and then the Boxing talk started. A recent interview with FightHype confirms that Saki is planning his big move to Heavyweight Boxing after his fight with Badr Hari in January. It isn't clear if he is leaving Kickboxing altogether or if he'll still take Kickboxing fights, but he does seem very serious about Boxing.
At Korakuen, Hall on the same night that Jomthong Chuwattana defeated Tetsuya Yamato, another high profile Thai vs Japanese fight took place as Hiroki Ishii took on Aphisak KT Gym for the vacant Rajadamnern Stadium Super Lightweight title.
In Ishii's fourth attempt at the title, he was able to defeat Aphisak by unanimous decision and become only the 4th Japanese fighter to win a Rajadamnern Stadium title, with Toshio Fujiwara, Hitoshi Ogasawara and Kozo Takeda being the other 3 to do it before him. Ishii won on scores of 49-47(x2) and 49-48. Reports show that Ishii was able to effectively pressure Aphisak in the later rounds, as Aphisak spent a lot of time going backwards in rounds 4 and 5 especially as Ishii was able to establish his offense. This is Ishii's 4th straight win and puts him undefeated on the year.
The historic win comes in what has been a rather successful year for top level Japanese fighters taking on Thai fighters. Although Yamato lost to Jomthong on the same night, he picked up a TKO win over Coke Chunhawat in back in August in Los Angeles. Genji Umeno managed back to back wins over Thai fighters this year, first a 3rd round KO of Windy Kaiwana Sit-Or at It's Showtime Japan 1 and more recently a 4th round KO of Wutidej Lookprabaht at It's Showtime Japan 3. Finally, Yasuhito Shirasu scored the biggest win for Japan with an upset win over Yodsanklai Fairtex.
The next major Thai vs Japanese fights are at the M-1 Muay Thai event on 11/13 where Genji Umeno takes on Dekkamon Himarai Gym(?) for the WPMF World Super Featherweight Title while Kanongsuk Weerasakreck defends his Light Welterweight WPMF title against WPMF Japan Lightweight champion Arita Tsukahara.Add a comment